The Seat Leon 1.9-litre TDi hatchback allows the students to work with a vehicle boasting new technology such as ABS braking systems, multiplex wiring and computer diagnostics.
Previously, motor vehicle maintenance students were forced to work on scrap models, many of which were out of date compared to modern cars.
Martyn Johnson, Course Team Leader in the college’s motor vehicle department, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that SEAT has donated this vehicle as it will make such an impact on the training we’re able to give our students.
“Obviously we teach all of the very latest techniques but, in reality, there’s no substitute for being able to get hands-on with a really up-to-date model.”
Seat donated the car because it is ‘vital’ to ensure a steady supply of technicians capable of offering aftersales care to customers in the UK.
Seat runs its own apprenticeship programme, but David Ardern, Used Car Manager at Seat UK, believes all young technicians should have up to date cars to train on.
He said: “I’ve been really impressed by the workshop set-up at South Cheshire College, but the students there will only achieve their full potential if they have the appropriate vehicles to work on."
The Seat Leon family hatchback includes technology such as air conditioning, electric windows, power steering, ABS, Electronic Stability Programme with Hill Hold Control, electric engine immobiliser and tyre pressure monitoring as standard.
Higher-spec models include features such as climate control, sports suspension and steering wheel mounted paddle shift controls – all of which are modern features on a family hatchback.
The Seat Leon is available from UK dealers – including aftersales supports – from under £15,000.