Seat's new Leon ST estate will go on sale in January 2014, priced £825 of the five-door hatchback

An estate body style has been added to the Seat Leon line-up for the first time. It has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show and sales will begin in the UK next January. 

The Leon ST is the third model in the new Leon line-up after three-door SC and five-door variants. The three models take the place of just one in the old Leon line-up. Seat is targeting a price rise for the ST of £825 over the equivalent five-door. That means the entry-level 1.2 TSI in S trim will cost £16,675 on the road.

The ST shares its wheelbase with the five-door hatchback, but its rear overhang is 270mm longer to increase boot capacity to 587 litres with the rear seats up and 1470 litres with the rear seats down. 

These figures are down slightly on the 605/1620 litres of the Volkswagen Golf estate with which the Leon ST shares its underpinnings, but the Leon’s sleeker profile explains the small capacity difference between the pair. The Leon ST’s boot has a double floor, and the rear seats can be quickly folded down. With the front passenger seat also folded down, overall load length is increased to 2621mm.

The most notable engine in the line-up is the 108bhp 1.6 TDI in the Ecomotive version. This model, with CO2 emissions of 88g/km and 85.6mpg economy, is the most frugal yet in the Leon range. Ecomotive versions of the three-door and five-door hatches, with the same economy figures, will also be rolled out in January.

The Leon ST is the first Leon to be offered with adaptive suspension with the so-called Dynamic Chassis Control, something that will be rolled out across the rest of the range alongside what Seat is calling 'progressive steering.'

Other engines include a 1.2 TSI with 85bhp or 104bhp, a 1.4 TSI with 120bhp or 138bhp and a 178bhp 1.8 TSI in the range-topping petrol FR. Other diesel options include an 89bhp 1.6 TDI and 148bhp and 181bhp versions of the 2.0 TDI. 

The Leon ST, when combined with the smallest 1.2 TSI engine weighs just 1158kg, making it the lightest car in its class.

Seat boss Jürgen Stackmann said:  "The C-segment estate market is the third biggest in all of Europe, some 520,000 cars of 11.7 million sold last year were in this segment. So it's not a niche for us, and an important segment for us to be in.

"We want to be the most beautiful car in the segment but with no compromise on practicality. This is the first car to combine both."

The Leon ST is a completely new design from the B-pillars back and, although the wheelbase remains the same as the five-door hatch, chief designer Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos is pleased with the result: "buying a car like this used to be only for families, but those days are over. The choice in the segment is usually for style and sporty, or you have to compromise. People are demanding, wanting practicality and style, and if you fail at either or both than you reduce your chances of success, but we've shown that both are possible." 

Seat Leon ST prices:

Seat Leon ST S 1.2 TSI 105 – £16675

Seat Leon ST S 1.6 TDI 105 - £18375

Seat Leon ST SE 1.2 TSI 105 - £17795

Seat Leon ST SE 1.2 TSI 105 DSG - £19045

Seat Leon ST SE 1.4 TSI 140 - £18845

Seat Leon ST SE 1.6 TDI 105 - £19495

Seat Leon ST SE 1.6 TDI 110 Ecomotive - £20485

Seat Leon ST SE 1.6 TDI 105 DSG - £20745

Seat Leon ST SE 2.0 TDI 150 - £20845

Seat Leon ST SE 2.0 TDI 150 DSG - £22095

Seat Leon ST FR 1.4 TSI 140 - £20390

Seat Leon ST FR 1.8 TSI 180 - £21595

Seat Leon ST FR 1.8 TSI 180 DSG - £22845

Seat Leon ST FR 2.0 TDI 150 - £22390

Seat Leon ST FR 2.0 TDI 150 DSG - £23640

Seat Leon ST FR 2.0 TDI 184 - £23380

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Seat's third-generation Leon is attractive and capable, but it can't quite match the best this class can offer

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22 July 2013

It may just be me but the current Leon, including this estate version, has hints of VW and Audi unlike the previous model. It must be the tauter surfaces and straighter lines which make it look more German and sobre looking.

22 July 2013

Now that looks good! Seat seem to be on a wave at the moment. I'd never considered one before but this looks like a really smart compact estate. Shame the engines look a bit weedy.

23 July 2013

I must say, SEAT's 'less is more' design approach has really impressed me. What didn't catch my eye on the press shots initially has really won me over in real life - the Leon is subtly stylish in the metal and I know of several people who have commented on how handsome it is.

I'd be interested to see the sales figures for the new Leon because I feel as though I have seen a lot of them on the road since it went on sale...

23 July 2013

Why does SEAT persist with asymetric design alloys?? ... I've noticed that asymetric designs are creeping in on other car models too, but SEAT seem to delight in using them ... Yes, they convey a sense of "motion", but only on one side of the vehicle ...

23 July 2013

Best looing Seat by a mile IMO. First glance thought it was an Astra estate. Add VAG's engine line up and again there's no reason why this car shouldn't sell well.

Only thing I dislike is the dash but unsure why. Perhaps it's the infotainment system centred between air vents or the angular lines. Design is more akin to Honda / Subaru.

23 July 2013

Seat growing before our eyes, year after year ... progress is evident)))

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S4

23 July 2013

Cover the front-end and you could be looking at an Audi.  Well, it is an Audi/VW/Skoda underneath anyway.  I disagree with the weedy engines comment as I have a 2010 Leon FR with a 168bhp DSG 2.0TDI and it isn't weedy.

This ST looks like the best looking model of the new Leon even though I am probably going to get the Leon SC in January.

Well done SEAT for making a beautiful car but I have one question.  Why does the Toledo look so bland when you have proved you can do sexy?

25 July 2013

Great looking car...I'd have one tomorrow, if only I didn't have to sit inside it.

The cabin looks like a relic from a 1970's Hillman Avenger.

A34

10 September 2013

I was hoping this would be nice, and congrats to SEAT for producing a good looker. This fills lots of boxes: nice engines, practical size, and hopefully reasonable quality. A good target for the Civic estate, and a nice alternative to the Focus / Golf / Astra crowd not to mention Kia / Hyundai. Long live sporting estates!

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