SEAT Leon named Best Family Car twice running

The SEAT Leon has been awarded with the title of Best Family Car at the Carbuyer Best Car Awards for the second year in a row.

Now in their fourth year, the website’s Best Car Awards are uniquely based on the top 20 questions that buyers ask about cars, and then given a rating out of five based on how they do.

In total, the SEAT Leon garnered a rating of 4.8 out of 5, meaning that it was always going to be in the running for top honours in which’s potentially the most hotly-contested category.

“Exceptional value for money”

Stuart Milne, Carbuyer’s editor, said: “Behind those handsome looks lies a car with a big boot and room for five. Despite featuring plenty of cutting-edge equipment, the Leon still represents exceptional value for money.”

The Leon has gone on to become SEAT’s top-selling model since it was first released, and has picked up an enviable slew of awards since, thanks to its good looks, strong performance and practicality.

SEAT UK’s director, Neil Williamson, said: “The Leon just keeps delivering for us. Picking up this latest award from Carbuyer is another great endorsement for our best-seller.

“With a combination of stylish looks, affordable running costs, impressive practicality and great technology, it’s won countless media tests and plenty of fans.”

Available in hatchback or estate formats, SEAT recently bolstered the Leon’s appeal further with the addition of two new models, the Leon X-PERIENCE crossover and the ST Cupra 280 hot estate.

Bridging the gap between the appeal of the Leon ST and the capability of a rugged off-roader, the Leon X-PERIENCE adds permanent four-wheel drive and extra body cladding to the regular model.

A higher ground clearance and ride height offers extra visibility on the road, while it also retains the impressive 587-litre boot of the Leon ST, which can expand to as much as 1,470 litres with the rear seats stowed.

Extensive Leon range

On the other hand, the new Leon ST Cupra 280 is focused primarily on blistering performance, with a turbocharged 276bhp engine which can take it from 0-62mph in just six seconds.

More aggressive, with large air intakes, a rear diffuser-style bumper and 19-inch alloy wheels, the ST Cupra 280 also comes with twin exhaust pipes, a rear spoiler and optional bucket seats.

Potent performance is blended with practicality as, like the regular ST and the X-PERIENCE, the ST Cupra 280 keeps the same interior and boot dimensions for drivers who want a fast but versatile car.

Available to buy now, pricing for the Leon range starts from £15,815 for the entry-level hatchback, while the Leon X-PERIENCE and ST Cupra 280 are priced from £24,385 and £28,505 respectively.