SEAT’s new secret weapon

And no, I don’t mean the new 265 & 280-hp Cupra models. SEAT has added an estate to its line-up of models calling it the Leon ST (Sports Tourer), and unsurprisingly it’s rather good looking. Like the rest of the range there is a number of engines to choose from starting with a 1.2-litre TSI although that may feel a little underpowered for the size of car. However, there is a 180hp petrol engine available but with a high CO2 output (by today’s standards) it is unlikely to be an highly popular choice.

SEAT Leon ST driving

SEAT Leon ST rear detail

The diesel options for the Leon ST come in the form of a 1.6-litre TDI, which is now a stalwart of the Volkswagen Group’s engine range, producing 105hp while emitting just 99g/km of CO2 and featuring stop/start technology. Adding further to the engine’s credentials is a claimed fuel consumption of just 3.8l/100km on a combined cycle. Those desiring even more torque can go for a 2.0-litre TDI that comes in both manual and automatic (DSG) transmission options.

SEAT Leon ST boot

SEAT Leon ST interior pic

Where SEAT’s Leon ST gets more interesting is the introduction of its 4Drive all-wheel drive system, which when spec’d up with that 2.0-litre lump and a DSG gearbox along with its enormous bootspace (1,470 litres) turns it into a seriously good-value sleeper car. Tick the box for the highest FR trim line and you’ll add LED headlights, cruise control, lane departure warning, bluetooth, sportier styling and larger 17-inch alloy wheels into the mix.

SEAT Leon ST mirror

Prices for the Leon ST will start at €20,185 for the entry-level 1.2 TSI, while a mid-level 1.6 TDI in SE spec will set you back €24,405 for a manual. The all-singing, all-dancing 2.0 TDI in FR spec with a DSG gearbox will retail at €29,930 while pricing for the 4Drive transmission will be confirmed closer its availability during the summer.