The second of three Leon models has arrived in the shortened, lowered and sportier guise of the SC

Seat has unveiled a rakish three-door version of the new Seat Leon, the second model of three to join the expanded line-up. The Leon SC (Sports Coupé) is shorter, lower and wider than the five-door model on which it is based, but without losing any of the 380 litres of boot capacity or compromising too much on space for rear passengers.

After its Geneva motor show reveal, the Leon SC is expected to find its way into showrooms in July. The Leon range will be completed later this year with the introduction of a new ST estate model, before hot Cupra versions of all three bodystyles are launched next year.

Compared with the standard five-door model, the Leon SC is completely new from the A-pillars back. The wheelbase has been reduced by 35mm to 2600mm and the roofline has been lowered and more sharply raked to give the car its sporty profile, which has been inspired by the Seat IBE concept car from 2010.

In its lightest form, the Leon SC weighs just 1168kg. The suspension set-up is taken from the five-door model, so there are MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam at the rear for models with less than 150bhp or a multi-link set-up for models with more than 150bhp.

The engines for the Leon SC are carried over from the five-door model. This means that the 178bhp 1.8 TSI will be the initial range-topping petrol model and a 181bhp 2.0 TDI with CO2 emissions of 112g/km the most potent diesel.

Three trim levels will be offered in the UK: S, SE and FR. The range-topping FR will have bespoke bumpers, lowered suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels.

See our first drive review of the Seat Leon SC here

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Seat Leon 5dr hatch

Seat's third-generation Leon is attractive and capable, but it can't quite reach the benchmark set by the imperious Volkswagen Golf

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12 February 2013

It's good too see them stripping weight from their models. My mk2 leon 2.0 TDI DSG weighed over 1600kg. I can't help thinking though that this model looks a bit cheap compared to the previous model, maybe too close to the Ibiza.


12 February 2013

Agree with your weight comment, but also with the Ibiza-lookalike flavour of this Leon.

Compared to the Mk I and II, it's pleasant enough, but lacks sparkle and the want-me factor.


12 February 2013

Looks a little bit boring and bland. I am sure it will be better than many of tis rivals for a pure driving fun based on its excellent MQB platform and VW group engines. Such a shame they didn't spend more time on its looks...


12 February 2013

Not the biggest Seat fan, but I have to say that looks quite nice.  A range topping Cupra FR if/when it comes along could well be weapon of choice for quite a few people in my neck of the woods.

Seems a bit strange that Ford couldn't make the figures add up for do a 3 door version of the Focus.  Makes me think they just couldn't be bothered.  Oh well, their loss could be Seat's gain.

12 February 2013

The new 5-door Leon looks fine but is spoiled by the awkward location of the rear door handle which ruins the rear quarter styling. It looks poorly placed amongst the now customary mis-aligned styling features.

However, the 3-door variant now explains why they didn't hide it in the rear quarter window as before. No point making a 5-door look like a 3-door when you have a separate 3-door variant.

Looks like a pretty good cut-price Audi A3 3-door to me ....



You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

12 February 2013

... but the Quality and Design issues on my current generation Seat Ibiza has put me off Seat for good. 

12 February 2013

This is about as sporty as my granny.

Can your GP prescribe anything for range anxiety?

12 February 2013

Better proportioned and less dumpy than an A3, more lithe-looking than a Golf, and less chavtastic than an Astra or Focus - SEAT could have a winner. Good job.

12 February 2013

I previously owned the Ibiza SC and this appeals to me a lot. Very stylish and good looking. The MQB underpinnings should mean it drives well and latest range of tdi/ tsi engines. Will also be cheaper than the 5dr Leon not to mention the £2-3k saving over the equivilent Golf or A3. There does seem to be a little cost cutting in places but on the whole hugely impressive.

12 February 2013

Really? I'm not seeing it myself. Looks like a bog-standard 3 door version of the 5 door. The previous Leon still looks better than the new version to my eyes. Too much Ibiza in the styling!



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