SEAT has now unveiled the full pricing and specification of the new Leon SC as it has already launched the car at the recently held Geneva Motor Show. The Leon SC has been aesthetically differentiated from the five-door hatchback and now comes with sports-shaped front seats as standard equipment. However, SEAT has given all models a £300 price cut.
The Leon SC has a starting price of £15,370 but it’s not just a three-door variant of the five-door hatchback. It’s actually a real ‘Sports Coupé’ that comes with an exterior redesigned from the A-pillars until the back.
The Leon SC has a stunning design with a lower roofline, a rear screen that’s more steeply raked, and its tailgate received a new design. This car has a bigger stance as rear blisters over the wheel arches were made bolder than those used on the five-door Leon. SEAT modified the shape of the rear side glass to move the visual weight of the car downwards, too.
And as a result, it gets a ‘hunkered down’ aesthetic in profile. The Leon SC is shorter than the five-door by 35mm. This made it sportier in terms of looks and performance, with the wheelbase losing some of its length. However, this car is still as practical as the five-door, with a big boot that has the same 380-litre capacity, while its rear leg- and headroom are more than sufficient for grown-ups.
For storage, it has 12 cubby holes and five closed containers. From its launch, the Leon SC is available with a series of powerful and efficient TDI and TSI engines. All of these feature direct injection and turbocharging.
On average, the 1.6 TDI 105 PS has a fuel consumption of only 74.3 mpg and a CO2 emissions level of only 99 g/km. Meanwhile, the powerful 2.0 TDI 150 PS provides 320 Nm, has a fuel economy rating that’s slightly lower at 68.9 mpg and emits 106 g/km. Since the entire Leon range is very efficient, it only comes with one engine from launch – the extremely robust 1.8 TSI 180 PS, which commands any first year Road Fund Licence.
All the engines in the Leon lineup, whether petrol or diesel, are equipped with Start/Stop System and Energy Recovery to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions. This is referred to as Ecomotive Technology.
The petrol engine range starts with the exceptionally efficient 1.2 TSI 105 PS, which is turbocharged to offer far more low end punch than can typically be expected of a 1.2-litre petrol unit. On average, it has a fuel economy rating of 57.6 mpg. Even the powerful 1.4 TSI 140 PS returns 54.3 mpg combined, which means that it has a CO2 emissions figure of 119 g/km. This is considerably lower than the 120 g/km level that is very important for fleet customers.