2001 Seat Leon 20VT 1.8 turbo


Excellent car, not just about performance


The car is still new. I just got it last week and have put 1,000 on it.

There have been no faults so far.

Initial build quality seems to be up to Volkswagen and Audi standards. It even smells like a new Audi...

General Comments:

This review is based on my experience during a trip to Germany this weekend.

Although I'm treating it very nicely the first 2,000 or so kilometres, it's hard to keep from flooring it every chance I get.

Performance is excellent. There is so much power in every gear at almost any speed. Above about 100 km you can shift up to 6th gear and the revs will drop to around 2000 RPM, but it will still respond lively when you want to accelerate.

The engine sounds great, especially when the turbo kicks in.

The suspension is relatively sporty, but not to the point of becoming uncomfortable. Cruising at high speeds it feels like a larger, much more expensive car.

Having 5 doors and a large boot make it very practical as well.

The trim level in Holland has been upgraded for the 2002 model year, so to my surprise I got 8 speakers instead of 4, electric windows in the rear and electric mirrors.

Other standard features include: anti-lock brakes, traction control, alloy wheels, air-conditioning, board computer, sport seats.

Anyone considering to buy a Golf or an Audi A3, should have a serious look at the Seat Leon 20VT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2001

31st Jul 2002, 02:48

Wait a couple of months and the trouble will start and you wish you spend a little more money and bought an A3, Golf or BMW Compact.

5th Dec 2002, 05:43

Please give us an update?

15th Apr 2004, 12:41

I own a Cupra 20 VT with 40k on the clock, and it is as good as the day I got it. Anyone who thinks it is a poor substitute for a VW or Audi is mistaken. My previous car was a Golf GTI, and it was slow compared to the Leon. And yet the Leon is just as good, if not better than the Golf, with a build quality that is just as good.

Anyone thinking of buying a Golf or Audi A3 should seriously consider the Leon. What an eye opener it was for me. Try the Cupra, and I promise you it will impress, as will the bang for your buck. Try buying a Golf with the performance and extra goodies that the Cupra supplies as standard.