Spanish car maker confirms Leon will get an all-wheel-drive option, plus the Volkswagen Group's Active Cylinder Technology
21 January 2014

All-wheel-drive Seat Leon variants will be coming to the UK.

The Spanish manufacturer has confirmed that it will offer all-wheel-drive variants of the Leon alongside its conventional front-wheel-drive offerings.

Seat has yet to announce official pricing for the model, but if the manufacturer follows the example set by others in the Volkswagen Group, a premium of around £1500 would be expected.

That means a 1.6-litre TDI version in SE trim, which normally costs £18,670 in front-wheel-drive specification, would likely cost around £20,170 in all-wheel-drive form as a result.

Seat has also confirmed that some Leon models will get the 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with the VW Group's Active Cylinder Technology (ACT).

This system cuts two of the four engine cylinders when not under heavy load in order to improve fuel economy, and is already used in the manufacturer's Ibiza range.

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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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21 January 2014
It's not been cold in the south-east so far this year but 4WD is a good option, in my opinion. Along with the cleaner petrol unit, it should help Leon steal some sales.

21 January 2014
Would SEAT offer an engine as small as the 1.6 TDI with 4WD in the UK? I know VAG offer them elsewhere but I don't think they've ever brought them to the UK.

21 January 2014
Why dont they put ACT on the diesels ? Madness that they dont

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22 January 2014
Contrast the running of SEAT to the running of Lancia and Alfa Romeo.To really stuff things up takes an Italian.

24 January 2014
Not really -Seat has been struggling for years and years and VW has almost pulled the plug several times, it was looking at buying Alfa to REPLACE Seat cos it wasnt doing well. VW has done great with its other brands though and Fiat has managed Ferrari and Maserati very well, especially Maser whos sales have increased massively over the last 10 years. So, I agree that the management of Alfa and especially Lancia has been sh*te, but sorry its nothing to do with what country the parent country comes from. And I havent even pointed out that most of these companies have internationally sourced staff yet.

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