I've wanted a Seat Leon ever since I passed my test (which is over 10 years ago now, dear God I'm getting old)! I don't know what it is about Leons, but I've always liked them - the shape of the body is beautiful and sporty and all-round is just looks like an excellent car.
Unfortunately, I've never been able to afford one... until this year that is!
Having gone through a Nissan Micra (which I killed), Renault Clio (which I didn't) and Peugeot 207 (again, still alive) I decided to get a new car at the beginning of the year. I wanted to take a step up in the world and the wife wanted a 5-door (possibility of trying for kids within the next year/18-months).
Looking round, we narrowed it down to 3 cars, the Leon, New Astra and Renault Megane. We did a bit of research online and decided that the new Astra was just too much starting at around £18,000 and that the Megane still looked a little weird with its big rear end. And so, it was off to the Seat garage in Chesterfield we went...
It was only supposed to be a fact-finding mission - how much would it cost? How much would they give us as part-exchange for my 207? Which model did I like? In the end, I walking out of the showroom having put a deposit down on a £15,000 shiny new Seat Leon. I loved the car on the test drive and when offered a good discount and an acceptable part-exchange price, I snapped their hands off.
Now, I'm not the biggest car man in the world - I have no idea how many cylinders the engine has got, in fact, I could barely even change a tyre on my own. So apologies if this isn't the most technical Top Gear-esque review in the world, but I'll let you know what I've found out in the 3-months or so that I've owned my Leon...
- She looks beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I opted for the standard red (Sheffield United fans have to own red cars) and I'm glad that I did. It's the colour I associate with Leons and I'm incredibly happy with it.
- The interior is great too, with the rally-like bucket seats and beautifully sleek black and grey upholstery.
- The stereo system is easy to use thanks to the handy steering wheel controls and sounds fantastic - stick some T.I. on and roll the windows down on a hot summers day! My 1.6 SE came with a USB port which is great for plugging my little 4gb memory stick in and just chilling out to my favourite tunes!
- She drives like a dream, purring along which so much power under the bonnet that I can give most cars a run for their money! :)
Are there any downsides? Well, only one that I've noticed so far - my MPG isn't great... I'm currently only getting about 30 miles per gallon which means filling up is pretty expensive... but she's worth it!
An all-round excellent 5-door car that look beautiful and performs pretty well too!