What is it?
The turbocharged 1.2 TSI petrol engine fitted under the bonnet of this Seat Leon is the smallest engine Seat will sell you in its five-door family hatchback.
Volkswagen Group is at the forefront of downsized engine technology and this engine aims to offer you both performance and economy benefits. It produces a respectable 104bhp and 129lb ft, while also offering 52.3mpg claimed combined economy and 124g/km CO2 emissions.
Throw in a glut of standard equipment in this SE Copa model - including a sat-nav and multimedia system, rear parking sensors, special Copa upholstery, dual zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers and leather trim for the steering wheel - and, on paper at least, this Leon looks to offer a very compelling overall package.
What’s it like?
Where it really scores is on refinement. The engine rewards you for driving it smoothly and there is no aural feedback to suggest you’re giving the downsized engine a good thrashing in everyday situations, even if you sometimes need to to make progress when off the motorway. A sixth forward ratio for the slick manual gearbox is welcome to further boost the refinement on longer motorway runs.