What is it?
The Seat Leon X-Perience offers a lot of practicality in one package, including four-wheel drive, improved ground clearance and all the usefulness of the standard Leon ST estate.
This range-topping version adds a few more things that might be chosen out of want rather than need, though, such as the DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a 181bhp version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine.
It's also worth noting that this higher-powered engine and dual-clutch transmission are only available as a pair - you can't have one without the other in your X-Perience
What's it like?
The extra kit on all versions of the Seat Leon X-Perience make for an appealing prospect. As much as anything, this is because the off-roading elements don't negatively impact on how the car drives. In other words, this feels pretty much like the standard Leon ST.
The ride height has been raised by 15mm, while ground clearance has been increased by 28mm, and Seat says the car sits on 'Comfort Suspension'.
Despite the name, though, the ride isn't perfect at all times. It is comfortable at higher speeds, especially cruising on the motorway, but it is less settled over bumps and lumps at town speeds.
The higher-riding nature also inevitably results in a touch more body roll through corners than you would get in a standard Leon ST, but it never impacts on normal driving. And anyway, it's unlikely that this car will be driven in such a manner for that to be an issue. The steering is on the light side, but it weights up at speed to give plenty of confidence.
Given that the X-Perience is never likely to be driven in an overly enthusiastic manner, the 181bhp engine in this version seems like it would be a step too far up the range for many potential buyers, although its relaxed nature belies an official 0-62mph time of 7.1sec. If you do choose to make the most of that acceleration, then it makes for smooth and rapid progress, but the noise levels rise when it's pushed.
Generally, though, engine noise is never that intrusive, and it is only really road noise that makes its presence known when you get up to motorway speeds.