Official pictures of facelifted Seat Leon and Altea released
9 February 2009

These are the first official pictures of the revised Seat Leon and Seat Altea, released ahead of the cars’ public unveiling at the Geneva motor show in March.

The visual changes to the Seat Leon are relatively minor. Outside there are new wheel designs, larger headlights and a larger rear glass area for improved visibility, while inside the new Seat Leon and Altea get design tweaks to the interior trim, centre console and steering wheel.

Under the skin, however, there are some significant new additions. Most significant is the new XDS traction control system, which effectively acts as an electronic limited-slip differential.

The 208bhp TSI VW Group engine, first seen in the Audi A5, also makes its first appearance in a Seat, while the 168bhp turbodiesel is also the first common-rail diesel to feature in the Spanish brand's line-up.

DSG-equipped Seat Leon and Altea models also get shift paddles on the steering wheel for the first time.

Specifications and pricing for UK cars have yet to be confirmed. The revised Leon and Altea range hits UK showrooms this summer.

Matt Rigby

Our Verdict

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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