2000 Seat Leon Cupra 1.8 20VT from UK and Ireland


A high running cost unreliable car


Rear door glass fell into the door.

Electric window motors packed in.

Replacement turbo.

Replacement waste-gate.

Replacement gearbox.

Replacement drivers mirror.

Replacement engine cover.

General Comments:

For the money, on paper this car is well, well worth the cash. However as you can see the amount of things that have gone wrong on mine may not justify the cost.

The car is quick enough and the handling acceptable there have been certain problems; read on...

The gearbox is rubbish - especially first gear which is notchy and hard to engage sometimes.

The brakes, although acceptable, are spongy, and after prolonged braking make terrible noises and fry like no pizza on this planet.

Fuel consumption = naff. I wouldn't say that 250 miles to a tank was any good - would you? I read somewhere else that's about the same as a Subaru. I say take the Subaru. If it wasnt for my company fuel card I wouldn't afford to pay to run the damn thing (spent about £6700 over 42k miles??!!!)

Everything seems well screwed together until you do about 20-30k miles, then the rattles and squeaks appear. At the moment mine makes this annoying creak-click noise from somewhere in the chassis when turning tight corners on pulling away, whereas my friends old mk 3 Golf has none of that.

The dealerships are laughable - rude, and not the slightest bit interested in your problems (well that's my findings - the one in Kingsbury, London and Letchworth Herts aren't worth going to. Marshalls of Bedford are the nearest to me and they seem to do a fair job)

Everything seems to be so hit-and-miss quality wise.

Have had to have the front valence and bonnet resprayed due to the paintwork being as soft as putty and chipping at the mearest hint of grit being tossed in its general direction.

I do around 20-25k miles per year - mainly on the M1 between Luton and London, surely the car is up to this??

I'm just sick & tired of it being in the garage so much I don't know if i'll ever get another one.

I'll stop now before I get too upset.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th November, 2002

21st Apr 2003, 06:50

Hmmm, your experience seems similar to mine - bad.

As for fuel consumption, my Leon Cupra, used about 10% less petrol than my 02 Subaru Impreza WRX PPP with 265 bhp does, which bearing in mind it (the Seat) has almost 50% LESS power and a Hell of a lot less performance, isn't too good is it?

2000 Seat Leon SE 1.9tdi 110 from UK and Ireland


A good car let down by small quality niggles


There was a leak from the high pressure diesel pump which caused the front driver suspension bushes to completely disappear. The leak was fixed under warranty.

The 6 disc CD system was replaced under warranty after developing a fault.

The fuel cap would not close - fixed under warranty.

Now the electric mirrors do not work - this will also be fixed under warranty!!

Luckily the car was bought with a 3 year warranty!!

General Comments:

The Leon is a good car. It is nippy, handles very well, is economical and has good space for a family. It is let down by quality niggles - do they really take as good care building these as they do a Golf?

Luckily my Leon has not leaked any water into the cabin. (I know guys who own Golfs and they leak through the drivers door in heavy rain).

All in all I am happy with the Leon and would buy another, as they are better value than a Golf / A3 or Octavia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2002

2000 Seat Leon Cupra 1.8 20v turbo from UK and Ireland


High performance for a small price


Ashtray won't lock back into position.

Material started peeling on the door hold.

Cup holder sticking.

General Comments:

The car has superb speed in a straight line and the handling is spectacular.

Perfect driving position and the dash layout is great.

Stunning looks and performance.

Could have done with 17" wheels to fill the arches and the wheels are too hard to clean.

Yellow is not the easiest colour to keep clean, but when it is it looks fantastic.

The pulling power from 2500rpm-5000rpm is stunning.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2002