This is one of those cars that sneaks up on you – unassuming, sensibly priced, not overly promoted – and, you don’t see tons of them around. Yet once you drive one, and live with it for a while, you actually fall a little in love. There’s so much to like – an attractive and sleek design free from superfluous bells and whistles, spacious interior with excellent visibility, ergonomic controls and dash design, and it drives really rather well.
The new 5Dr Leon is also a hell of a car for the money. Our FR Technology 2.0 TDI 184 PS 6-speed DSG-auto test car might have had £3,420 worth of options, but it still came in at under £29,000. Compare that to rivals, and it trumps pretty much all. There’s a stack of features as standard too. And averaging at a thoroughly decent 61.4 mpg, yet capable of a 7.5 second sprint, you’ve performance, economy and thrills.
The FR Trim of our model adds a little extra dynamic style. This includes exclusive interior upholstery, optional 18” alloy wheels, an FR leather steering wheel and finishing touches like an aluminium door sill and unique FR designed bumpers – all alluding to its sporting prowess.
Innovation-rich, there’s Kessy keyless entry, connectivity hub with wireless charger, rain sensing wipers, an 8” infotainment touchscreen with Full Link Technology, and even multi-coloured ambient lighting which allows you to choose between eight interior lighting options to create your own perfect cabin mood.
You’ll discover plenty of on safety features too, including Pedestrian Protection and Emergency and also Traffic Jam Assist, which cleverly calculates the distance to the other vehicles and regulates the acceleration and deceleration while keeping in your lane.
Out on the road, this Leon is a delight to drive. The acceleration is instant and powerful, the gear-changes undetectably rapid, ride firm but buffering and there’s plenty of feel through the steering wheel.
A solid, well made, clever, compact, nippy and stylish car we thoroughly enjoyed.