SEAT’s Leon has consistently been one of the firm’s core models, bringing everything the Spanish manufacturer has to offer in one, well-rounded package. In keeping with the times, a new hybrid Leon has been launched - badged e-Hybrid - bringing a greater level of efficiency to this well-known model. Let’s take a look at what it’s got to offer.
The SEAT Leon shares its underpinnings with the latest eight-generation Golf, so there are a few similarities to find inside. It’s a technology-laden place to be, with plenty of screens and very few buttons resulting in a cabin which feels slightly space-age.
But the basics are there too. It’s comfortable, for starters, with front seats which provide plenty of support without being overly firm. The boot is a decent size too, with a wide, square opening helping when loading larger items inside.
The exterior of the e-Hybrid does, for the most part, mirror that of the standard Leon. That’s no bad thing, mind you, as it’s a well-executed design which blends the sporty appeal which people love about Seat with plenty of premium touches.
The only real difference is the inclusion of a charging port. It’s located just behind the front passenger-side wheel, which is a handy placement as it allows you to drive right up to a charging port for better access.
The main infotainment setup in the Leon is based around a 10-inch central display, which is impressively sharp to look at and accurate to use. There’s also a main ‘digital cockpit’ style display ahead of the driver, which allows you to configure the dials to showcase a multitude of different readouts.
Both combine to create a genuinely high-tech experience. There’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included too, which helps when trying to better integrate your smartphone into the car’s system.
The Leon e-Hybrid uses a 1.4-litre petrol engine which is then combined with an electric motor and batteries, which allows it to return up to 235.4mpg and emit just 27g/km CO2. The large batteries allow the e-Hybrid to travel for up to 36 miles on electric power alone, making it a great option for those who live in urban areas or are often conducting shorter journeys. The batteries can be replenished in just six hours via a conventional plug, too.
There’s performance there too, with 0-60mph taking a respectable 7.5 seconds.