Every Wednesday we choose a car causing waves in the car industry and put it in focus, including the best specifications to choose, which engines are the pick of the bunch and how much the car will set you back.
This week, in response to the launch of a TV advertising campaign and a peak of interest at Perrys dealerships, we’re taking a look at the Seat Leon Copa.
With the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra dominating the hatchback market, why should you consider choosing the Seat Leon instead?
The Seat Leon is something different in the hatchback segment. In terms of style, Seat has always been at the top end of the market, and the curved front end and flowing lines of the Seat Leon are no different.
However, the recent changes focus more on boosting the quality and equipment of the hatchback.
Last week, Seat announced a new ‘Copa’ version of the Leon, which adds £1,000 worth of equipment and style upgrades for no extra cost.
Even better, the Leon Copa is based on the entry-level S Leon. This means you can now get dual-zone climate control, cruise control and a new sound system with MP3 and CD compatibility and USB connectivity.
Moving up the range, there is also a Copa SE version, which adds rear parking sensors, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers.
In all Copa models, the buyer will be treated to some smart upholstery as well with Copa badging. But is it enough to warrant a move away from the mainstream?
What is the Seat Leon Copa?
The Seat Leon is a spacious, nippy hatchback with a touch of flair in the styling and a reputation for being a sharp, fun drive.
Built at Seat’s plant in Spain, the Leon hatchback has been one of the most popular Seat models in the UK in recent years.
Why should I buy the Seat Leon Copa?
Bored of the Ford Focus? This could be the car for you. The Seat Leon Copa can match the best in the market in a number of areas.
We’ve mentioned the style and the introduction of the Copa editions has bolstered the equipment levels in entry-level models to offer value for money.
However, if you’re thinking a stylish Spanish car would not be reliable, you’d be wrong. This is because Seat is owned by the Volkswagen Group and as a result has access to the superb German engine technology.
This results in reliable engines which are also some of the most frugal around. Seat’s Ecomotive signature can be found on the Seat Leon Copa and some models, including the 1.6-litre diesel 150bhp version, deliver CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km and fuel economy of 74.3mpg.
This means free road tax and exemption from the London congestion charge in a car large enough to handle a reasonable about of luggage and seat five with ease.
On paper, the Seat Leon has everything, and it creates a happy conundrum for new car buyers in the UK looking for a frugal, well equipped hatchback.
What are the Seat Leon Copa prices?
Entry-level Seat Leon Copa models start from £16,180 with the 1.2-litre 105bhp petrol engine, but a 1.6-litre TDI 105bhp engine is also available. Both come with a choice of manual or DSG auto transmission.
The Seat Leon Copa SE, with extra equipment over standard Copa models, start from £16,940.
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