The Spanish automaker has decided it was time for a mid life-cycle refresh for the compact Leon, but in the old fashioned VW Group tradition you won’t see the changes easily.
Seat has prepared this mid-cycle facelift for its best-selling model, so they’re playing it safe with minor cosmetic tweaks to keep the model fresh and competitive in the challenging compact car segment. We see new headlight and taillight graphics, as well as sharper bumpers, while there’s also more chrome. All three body styles (coupe, hatchback, wagon) can now equip optional full LED headlights, taillights, turn signals, and fog lights, while on the inside the ambient lighting is also using LEDs. Inside there’s also a new eight-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system with less physical buttons as well as new features introduced with the Ateca – such as the Traffic Jam Assist functionality, Lane Assist system and Adaptive Cruise Control, working together for semi-autonomous driving at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour (60 km/h).
Aside from the regular Reference, Style, and FR trims, the new Leon also comes with a new Xcellence model with extra chrome and a different bumper design. It will cost just as much as the FR and on the inside features a different door step design, LED multi-color ambient lighting, and standard keyless entry. The technical setup is more open to change instead – two new engine units have been added. The base model will now use a turbocharged 1.0-liter, three-cylinder gasoline unit with 115 hp and there’s also a new turbodiesel 1.6-liter with 115 horsepower. Additionally, the Leon ST has a new seven-speed DSG for the all-wheel-drive 2.0 TDI model.