The bigger 18in alloys on FR Titanium trim do bring a slightly more brittle bump absorption over expansion joints and the like, but it’s a marginal difference and both Leon SC FR models have respectable comfort levels by any standard.
You don’t get any extra interior design trinketry in the FR Titanium, either, so it’s much the same as you get in the rest of the Leon range; a little dour-looking, but solid-feeling and logically laid out.
Having the larger screen makes for a big improvement to the look and usability of the dash, though. The smaller screen in lower trims has some dinky icons that can be tricky to punch with any precision, and while this 6.5in screen – which also gets voice control and haptic touch function over the smaller screen – also has some awkwardly-placed icons, it’s generally easy to use and does everything you could want for it. The only thing you might want to add is Apple CarPlay, Google Android or Mirror Link, which costs £150.
Standard sports seats (the same as those in the standard FR model) offer deep bolsters and adjustable lumbar support, so while some might think the seats are a little hard, they’re still comfortable enough to satisfy all but the very unusually-shaped drivers.
Head and leg room in the back is a bit limited, but two average-sized adults will be okay for shorter journeys while the boot is virtually as good as that of the five-door Leon, so is sure to do the job for anyone considering the three-door.
Should I buy one?
Sure, in this trim and engine combo (more than the diesels) the Leon FR has loads going for it. It’s got a satisfying semi hot-hatch attitude, great looks, has virtually all the kit you’re going to want, and at a price that undercuts rivals like the VW Golf GT Edition, or (if you buy into Seat’s branding of the SC as a coupe) Peugeot RCZ, by a significant margin of thousands.
Sure, it doesn’t handle quite as well as a Ford Focus, the Golf is much nicer inside, and the Peugeot has more extrovert looks and performance. But amidst all that, this high-spec Seat Leon SC balances the priorities in a fashion that’s likely to appeal to head and heart alike, so it’s really very easy to see why you would.
Seat Leon SC 1.4 EcoTSI FR Titanium
Location: Surrey; On sale: 27/05/2016; Price £21,575; Engine 4 cyls, 1395cc, turbocharged petrol; Power 148bhp at 5000-6000rpm; Torque 184lb ft at 1500-3500rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerb weight 1223kg; Top speed 134mph; 0 62mph 7.9sec; Economy 56.5mpg; CO2 rating & BIK tax band 117g/km / 20%