The new Seat Leon has taken the Best Lower Medium Car Award in the 2014 Fleet World Honours. Steve Moody, Editior of Fleet World said “the Leon has come of age in its latest generation, available with a choice of three body styles, with variants ranging from 85.6mpg Ecomotive to the figurehead 280hp Cupra. With sharp styling, premium-class options and the estate version it has always needed, it's no wonder this has become the lifeblood of Seat's recent success in fleet.”
Peter McDonald, Head of Fleet & Business Sales for Seat UK, said “we have always believed the Leon is the best in its class so fully deserving of this award! But winning the best medium-sized car category is a fantastic accolade for the fleet team and the brand. It shows that the judges have great confidence in both the car and the service our network provides. We’re seeing a significant growth in true fleet this year, with the latest figures for May promising an outstanding 2014.”
The new model boasts a co2 rating of just 99g/km making it exempt from the annual vehicle excise duty plus the impressive 74.3mpg means there is fewer trips to the fuel station. This third generation Seat Leon is stunning; it has been completely redesigned from the ground up and is packed with full high end technology and it is the only family hatchback in the world featuring full LED headlamps. Other features include Bluetooth connectivity plus a driver drowsiness detection function and an automatic lane keeping assistant. The Technology pack includes satellite navigation and a DAB digital radio and the navigation system features an upgraded high-resolution colour touchscreen, including a clever proximity sensor that detects when a hand is moving towards it and activates additional onscreen options.
The Seat Leon range recently welcomed the addition of the range-topping Cupra versions, which offers up to 280 PS from a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, meaning every version hits 0- 62 mph in less than six seconds. Despite that, fuel consumption is 44.1mpg combined for the most powerful 280 PS version equipped with a DSG automatic gearbox.
At the more efficiency focused end of the Leon spectrum there’s the Leon Ecomotive, which is available in three body styles; three-door SC, five-door hatchback and ST estate, this model range returns an impressive 85.6mpg combined. Prices for the Leon range start from £15,550.