Handsome, capacious and good to drive, but with some notable flaws
The Seat Leon needs no introduction, having transformed the Spanish brand almost 10 years ago by offering a brilliant package that many favoured over the trusty Volkswagen Golf, with which it shares a platform. Now in its fourth generation, the model has been the maker’s UK top-seller for the past few years. The hatchback rules the roost but the estate still has its place, accounting for 10% of Leon sales – and the sporty FR trim, as driven, is easily the most popular, making up two-fifths of volume. The FR’s aesthetic differences over lesser trims include FR Sport bumpers, LED headlights and 17in bi-spoke alloy wheels. The only technical change is a 15mm-lower ride height.