2020 Seat Leon: prices and specifications

Closely related to the Audi A3, VW Golf and Skoda Octavia, the Leon is the affordable but sporty option. How affordable? Read on to find out

Christofer Lloyd
Jul 31, 2020

Like the look of the new Seat Leon and plan to buy new? Get ready, because Seat has announced pricing and specifications for its latest model. The least expensive Leon at launch costs £19,855, so this isn't the cheapest medium hatchback and if you want the best value then consider the outgoing model, as 2020 models with barely any miles covered are available from as little as £15,000 or so. Click on the link below to take your pick of nearly-new and used Seat Leon deals.

From launch three trim levels and five engines are available, with more to be added to the range later. The best-seller is expected to be FR trim with the 130hp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine - yours for £23,515. Drivers can choose between petrol, diesel and mild-hybrid petrol engines, with manual and automatic gearboxes available. 

As for why you'd choose the Leon over the new VW Golf, Audi A3 or Skoda Octavia (which share engines and lots of in-car tech, as they're all owned by the VW Group), Seat claims that the new model offers a greater emphasis on design with much improved quality and technology. An estate version will also be available for those who need a larger boot than that of the hatchback.

2020 Seat Leon specifications

Seat has simplified specifications across the model line-up, with metallic paint being standard on all models and customers simply choosing the engine, trim and colour they want, with very few optional extras available. This makes it more important to choose the specification with all the kit you want included.

Standard equipment on entry-level SE models includes an eight-inch media system, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless start, two front USB ports, LED headlights with automatic main beam, electric heated mirrors.

Step up to SE Dynamic and you get sat-nav, 10.3-inch digital dials in the place of a physical speedometer and rev counter, which can display sat-nav instructions, plus a 10-inch media system, front and rear parking sensors, tinted rear windows and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Meanwhile, FR trim provides a sportier look with sharper bumpers front and rear plus different 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust pipes and lower sports suspension to make it feel sharper to drive than the lower specification levels. Inside FR models feature contrast stitching for the seats, a leather multifunction steering wheel, three-zone air-conditioning, wireless charging tray at the front and two additional USB points for rear passengers.

Few options are available, but drivers can add an electric panoramic sunroof and a fixed or electrically retractable tow hook to any model.

2020 Seat Leon engines

Five engines are available in the new Seat Leon from launch. These consist of four petrol engines and one diesel. More engines will join the Leon line-up in time. The cheapest option is the 1.0-litre 115hp petrol. This has been featured in the previous Leon and a number of other models. Despite its small size and low power output, it punches above its size, making it an economical but sufficiently powerful engine for a medium hatchback.

Next in line are 130hp and 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engines, followed by a mild-hybrid version of the 150hp engine - badged the 1.5 eTSI MHEV - which comes with a standard-fit 'DSG' automatic gearbox. The eTSI version features 48-volt mild-hybrid tech which helps to boost fuel economy, as it provides the petrol engine with a small electric boost and enables it to switch off when driving in more situations than a conventional engine with stop-start ability could.

The only diesel engine available at launch is a 115hp 2.0-litre, though a more powerful 150hp version is set to arrive at a later date.

2020 Seat Leon hatchback prices 

Prices for the new Leon hatchback range from just under £20,000 to nearly £27,000 at launch. More powerful engine and higher specifications are set to arrive later, with luxurious options and sporty Cupra models likely.

Fuel economyInsurance GroupPrice
SE1.0 110hp TSI123g/km47.1-52.3mpgTBC£19,855
SE Dynamic1.0 110hp TSI125g/km47.1-51.4mpgTBC£20,955
FR1.0 110hp TSI125g/km47.1-51.4mpgTBC£23,185
SE1.5 130hp TSI123g/km46.3-52.3mpg18E£21,425
SE Dynamic1.5 130hp TSI126g/km46.3-51.4mpg18E£22,525
FR1.5 130hp TSI125g/km46.3-51.4mpg19E£23,515
FR1.5 150hp TSI132g/km44.8-48.7mpg22E£24,805
FR1.5 150hp eTSI (MHEV) DSG133g/km44.1-48.7mpg22E£26,865
SE2.0 115hp TDI111g/km60.1-67.3mpg19E£22,835
SE Dynamic2.0 115hp TDI114g/km60.1-64.2mpg19E£23,935

2020 Seat Leon Estate prices

Prices for the Leon Estate come in at around £1,000 more than for the equivalent hatchback. Due to the estate's larger size and increased weight, claimed fuel economy and CO2 emissions are very slightly worse for the estate than the respective hatchback version.

Fuel economyInsurance GroupPrice
SE1.5 130hp TSI124g/km46.3-51.4mpg18E£22,455
SE Dynamic1.5 130hp TSI127g/km46.3-50.4mpg18E£23,555
FR1.5 130hp TSI126g/km46.3-50.4mpg19E£24,545
FR1.5 150hp TSI133g/km44.1-48.7mpg21E£25,855
FR1.5 150hp eTSI (MHEV) DSG134g/km44.1-47.9mpg22E£27,895

Prices and figures for FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux trims, plus details for the 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engines will be released nearer the launch date.


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