Rear view of Leon e hybrid on charge

New SEAT Leon e-Hybrid

From £34,305

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.

Interior

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.

Exterior

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.

Technology

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.

Performance

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.

What trim levels are on the SEAT Leon e-Hybrid?

SE

  • 16" Urban alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and tail lights
  • Full Link smartphone integration
  • 8.25” screen media system

SE Dynamic

  • 17" Dynamic tri-spoke alloy wheels
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Digital Cockpit
  • 10” Touchscreen media system

FR

  • 17" Dynamic bi-spoke alloy wheels
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Three zone climate control
  • Four Type C USB ports

FR Sport

  • 18" Performance machined alloy wheels
  • Microsuede upholstery
  • Interior Wraparound lighting
  • Heated leather steering wheel and front seats

XCELLENCE

  • 17" Dynamic alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear view camera
  • Wireless phone charging

XCELLENCE Lux

  • 20" 'Supreme' machined alloy wheels
  • Interior Wraparound lighting
  • Leather upholstery
  • High Beam Assist

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