SEAT Leon scoops 2014 fleet honour

This victory for the SEAT was announced earlier this week while the awards ceremony took place in London.

Following confirmation of the Leon’s win, Fleet News commented: “The Leon is one of the great all-rounders in the sector with desirable looks, strong residual values and very low running costs.

“The new model represents a big leap forward compared to the old car. It’s bang on the fleet button with a range of body styles, good kerbside appeal and a quality interior."

The latest SEAT Leon range is available in three bodystyles, including five-door hatchback, three-door sport coupe (SC) and five-door ST estate.

Across the different bodystyles the SEAT Leon is available in a few different trim levels including ‘S’, ‘SE’ and ‘FR’. The SC and hatchback models are now also available in the performance focused Cupra specification, priced from £25,690.

Carrying a maximum five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, the SEAT Leon range features plenty of standard kit. Included is air conditioning, MP3/CD player, Bluetooth and an infotainment device with a colour touch screen.

Standard safety kit in the SEAT Leon range meanwhile includes seven airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control.

When choosing a SE-trim SEAT Leon, more luxuries are added such as leather and chrome interior trim, cruise control and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The FR trim brings even more luxury kit to the Leon, including 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors and sports seats. Satellite navigation is optional for both SE and FR trim specifications of the SEAT Leon.

Engine options for the Leon include a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with around 140bhp, a 1.8-litre TSI with 178bhp and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel with around 150bhp.

The recently introduced new Leon Cupra models use 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine, mated to either a manual gearbox or the optional DSG transmission. The most basic Cupra model produces 261bhp while the rest of the range boasts 278bhp.

Exterior enhancements for the Leon Cupra selection includes rain-sensing wipers, full LED automatic headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels. A black rear roof spoiler is also available. Inside the new Leon Cupra adds a DAB digital radio, black full-leather upholstery and sports seats.

Prices for the SEAT Leon currently start at £15,550 for the SC model, rising to £15,850 for the five-door hatchback and £16,675 for the Leon ST.