Of all its Volkswagen Group siblings, the new Seat Leon SC is comfortably the most stylish on the outside.

It also has a cabin that meets the standards you expect at the sharp end of the hatchback class on quality, equipment and space.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
Seat's freshly-styled Leon SC will leave you wanting for little

Performance is excellent, considering how cheaply it’s bought and how efficiently it’s served up. Meanwhile, the Seat handles with quiet, unobtrusive deftness, and just enough verve to keep you interested.

With respect to the range-topping FR model, in years gone by it would have come with a rough, plasticky cabin and nagging, ill-judged suspension. It would have asked some significant compromises of its owner.

None of that applies any longer, and you can now additionally enjoy the benefits of an efficient yet flexible and potent diesel engine as well.

All things considered and for different reasons, both the Golf and Focus are still better hatchbacks, but they can’t match the Leon SC's fresh-faced, real-world bang for your buck.

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