What is it?
The Seat Leon SC is a compelling thing. Sharp looks, good value, neat handling: it’s all there. Now Seat has introduced the new FR Titanium trim level to the three-door Leon SC range, which tops the workaday models south of the Cupra.
This trim takes the sports suspension and generous equipment of FR models and – for a premium of £1350 - adds LED headlights, 6.5in colour touchscreen and nav system, a DAB radio, 18in alloys and further enhanced sports styling. This on top of the 5.0in colour touchscreen, cruise control, climate control, multifunction steering wheel, 17in alloys and rear parking sensors of the FR trim that it’s based on.Engine options include the 148bhp 1.4 petrol and the 2.0-litre diesel engines in both 148 and 181bhp outputs.
What's it like?
Predictably, given that there are no mechanical or software alterations involved in the FR Titanium trim, it drives just exactly like the Seat Leon FR always has. That means a fairly incisive turn-in, well-weighted steering (the heavier steering weight in Sport mode doesn’t really add much to the party), and a neutral but enjoyable chassis.
The 1.4 EcoTSI engine is a peach. It revs sweetly and has something of a hot hatch character to it that suits the Leon SC, despite the decent running costs afforded in part by its cylinder shut-off tech. We’d like a little more vim at low revs, but even so, it’s no chore to keep the six-speed manual 1.4 in its comfort zone.
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.