Tuesday 24 September 2019

'I'm considering a 1.4-litre petrol Seat Leon, but are the emissions low enough?'


Seat Leon
Seat Leon

Car-value expert Gillian Keogh teams up with Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham to help you make the right choice with your next purchase. Gillian is Editor of a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars produced by the Motor Trade Publishers team. The team supplies a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses.

Budget (including trade-in) €19,000; annual mileage 13,000kms. Size of car required - four seats. It will be a second car in the household. My husband has an eight-year-old Passat he's keeping. What's important is a good driver seat support for lower back, good suspension for least possible shock over county roads with poor surface and a feeling of engine power to do a few motorway trips a year (19 kms each way) and to take off at roundabouts. I'm considering a 1.4-litre petrol Seat Leon, but are the emissions low enough? Any other suggestions?

Gillian: Thank you for putting in a suggestion - it's great to have a feel for what a reader likes so I can come up with some comparisons.

The Seat Leon 1.2 is a great little car and will tick all the boxes for comfort driving, speed when needed and seat support. While €19k won't get you into a new model, it will leave you with some change if you opt for a one-year-old SE spec. With 110bhp, it will give you the power you seem to enjoy and road tax is just €200, but check that with the dealer as models can differ.

Other low CO2, zippy and comfort drive options include the 2015 BMW 1 Series SE, 2017 Kia cee'd 1.0 GT Line and a 2017 Skoda Octavia 1.0 Ambition. If you can push the budget another €1,500, a 171-reg Honda Civic 1.0 Smart Plus would be a great buy.

Eddie: I totally agree with the Civic. I think a fresh Volkswagen Golf is also worth a look (excellent seats) - it and the Leon are closely related so compare and contrast to see which you prefer. My choice would be the Golf.

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