SEAT waited 70 years to introduce its first hybrid car. Without trial and error, the “first” rechargeable Leon is a real hit offered at a very thoughtful price. In addition, it offers a particularly attractive design.
There is no age for daring! Wait for seat 70And Anniversary of the Hybrid Experience Experience. Here’s the compact Leon, one of the most famous in the brand’s history, in its plug-in hybrid version. The time is right for this experiment of course, he gently instructs manufacturers to “change the pump” without waiting, but the product has been very carefully developed to position itself, from entry level, at the reference level in the category. More than just a first try, it’s a “maestro” shot the Iberian brand has come to expect here.
Affordable compared to its cousins, dressed in stunning and very elegant, the Leon has “right” in almost every respect, hardly punishable by a sparrow box (the batteries consume 110 liters but you can choose the SportTourer which offers 470 liters) . As always, we can discuss actual electrical autonomy (sold for 63 terminals, we’d rather tell you it’s best to aim for 50…), complain about charging times, but Leon proudly enters the electric dance.
EN… frankly successful
With a classic dashboard, a 10-inch screen and many details in the cabin (steering wheel, gearbox control, etc.), the Leon does not hide his family ties to golf. The two are of course not different (the shape of the air vents, the atmosphere of the lighting, etc.), but no SEAT customer will complain about these similarities, the Wolfsburg bestseller has proven itself over the ages in terms of seriousness and quality. An interesting little note for those not traveling alone, or as a couple, it seems to us that the rear passengers are treated better in the Leon thanks to the slightly longer wheelbase.
At the end of our testing, the somewhat sporty Leon was highlighted, a scientist dear to the brand. Flat steering wheel, elegant dashboard (forces you to scroll through the screen to choose your driving mode …), red-stitched wrapped seats, a very successful interior.
Precision and efficiency
Nothing to report in all-electric mode, short trips into cities and even further afield go smoothly, thanks to enough power and instant torque. For many users (who will not forget to recharge on the way home…), daily autonomy is not an issue.
When it’s time to expand the business, when leaving for the weekend for example, Mixed Mode takes care of preparing the perfect recipe for you. As long as there is juice, the average consumption does not exceed 2 liters per 100 and then rises to 6 liters after that, then you should not worry, on the contrary.
Crumbling, a bit, just for fun, this Leon reminds us that SEAT has always favored driving sensations. Precision steering allows for sharp front end steering in all conditions. Even on the degraded roads we took, we noticed the good level of filtration and comfort that was always maintained. That’s a lot of good points for the first time, isn’t it? At VW galaxy, if you are looking for an efficient rechargeable battery, look no further.
Length: 4368 mm
Width: 1799 mm
Height: 1442 mm
Wheelbase: 2686 mm
Box volume: 270/550 liters
Tank capacity: 40 liters
Weight: 1614 kg
Number of seats: 5
Power: Hybrid Gasoline
Engine: 1.4 liter, 4 cylinder, direct injection
Displacement: 1395 cm 3
Power: 150 HP
Torque 250 Nm
Electric motor: 116 hp / 85 kW
Power: 12.8 kWh
Cumulative power: 204 HP / 150 kW
Cumulative torque: 350 Nm
Top speed: 204 km/h
0 to 100 km/h: 7″ 5
Gearbox: DSG 6-speed automatic
Combined consumption: 1.3 / 6.6 l / 100 km
Electric range: 63 km
– Domestic port: 7:15 am
– Wall box: 3 x 40
Financial Horsepower: 8 HP
– Very fun to watch
Very fun to drive
Significantly more affordable than its Volkswagen Group cousins
Very reasonable consumption
Dangerous formulations and materials
– lack of torso
– Recharge time is too long
– Improving the work environment
Platform> This fifth-generation Leon stands out from those that came before it. Its designers offer an original design, gentle curves, and a style that is elegant but also sober. Longer (8.7 cm) than the previous version, it shares the group’s MQB Evo platform with the Golf 8.
250> kilograms. This is the “weight” to pay to benefit from this excellent hybrid solution. That extra weight never punishes this Spanish woman who grew up on German fashion. 150 HP 1.4 TSI, stout and well-balanced, fit for all situations and with an electric machine backing it up, it’s perfect in terms of performance.