Entry-level new Seat Leon shows £1300 rise over outgoing car
3 August 2005

The new Seat Leon, which goes on sale in the UK on 17 September, has been priced at £11,295 for the entry level 1.6 Essence trim, rising to £17,295 for the range-topping 2.0 TDI Sport DSG.

These prices show a significant price hike for the stylish new car of £1300 over the current entry-level 1.6 S hatchback. The Leon will initially be available with a choice of four engines: 101bhp 1.6-litre and 148bhp 2.0-litre petrols, and 104bhp 1.9-litre and 136bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesels. From November, the Leon will also be available with a detuned 182bhp version of the Golf GTi's 2.0-litre turbo petrol. The 1.6 and 1.9 engines will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, with six speeds for 2.0-litre engines. A conventional torque-converter automatic will be optional for the 2.0-litre petrol, with the VW Group's semi-automatic DSG available as an option for the 2.0 TDi.

The new Leon is the third Seat with styling influenced by the dramatic Salsa concept car, following the Altea and Toldeo. The old Leon's S, SX and SE trim levels have been dropped in favour of Altea/Toldeo-style designations of Essence, Reference, Reference Sport, Stylance and Sport. Standard specification on all models includes six airbags, electric front windows, CD player with six speakers and remote central locking.

High performance variants are expected to follow next year, with the 200bhp FR from March and the storming 240bhp Cupra following in the summer.

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