Based on the same MQB platform as its counterparts, the Estate variant shares an identical wheelbase with the regular five-door hatchback, but features an additional 270 mm overhang at the rear allowing a 587 litre luggage capacity that can be increased to 1470 litres with the rear seats folded down. The extra metal adds 45 kg of weight, but at 1,233 kg it’s still the lightest vehicle in its class.
Engines choices begin with a 1.2 TSI engine developing either 63 kW (86 hp) or 77 kW (105 hp), with the 1.4 TSI producing 90 kW (122 hp) or 103 kW (140 hp) Top of the petrol tree is the FR, which uses a 1.8 TSI unit delivering 132 kW (180 hp) and 250 Nm of torque.
Diesel fans are also catered for with the 1.6 TDI making 66 kW (90 hp) and 230 Nm, along with a 2.0 TDI generating 110 kW (150 hp). Once again, the most powerful unit is reserved for the FR: a 2.0 TDI delivering 135 kW (184 hp) and 380 Nm. Transmissions include a five- and six-speed manual, and six- and seven-speed DSG gearbox.
Entry-level Reference line models get the Media System Touch system, which includes a five-inch touch screen CD radio with an SD card slot and four speakers, while the higher Style and FR versions enjoy a superior quality screen, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and six speakers as standard (eight in the FR). The Leon FR also features SEAT’s Drive Profile, which allows the driver to choose from three modes which vary the characteristics of the throttle control, power steering and engine tone.