2001 Seat Leon SE Tdi 110 from UK and Ireland


By far the best car I've owned!


4400 miles: Boot (Trunk) latch seized. Needed a bit of oil. Courteous service by dealer.

6000 miles: Airbag warning light illuminated. Part replaced under warranty. Dealer was waiting 8 weeks for part, until I intervened and contacted SEAT UK directly. The part arrived the following day!

8400: Finish of door handle starting to bubble and peel away. Common fault apparently. Will be replaced under warranty soon.

General Comments:

I love this car! Excellent performance from the engine, coupled with a lovely gear change. Quick steering, and good manoeuvrability.

Excellent driving position, and easy to get comfortable.

The interior is generally a high quality finish, except for one door handle (see faults).

Economy is good (48 M.P.G. overall average).

Levels of standard equipment high: climate control, electric folding/heated/adjustable mirrors, electric windows all round, excellent sound system with eight speakers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2002

27th Jan 2003, 05:35

I agree that the gearchange action itself is good, but I found the gearchange doesn't like to be hurried.

I disagree when you call the driving position excellent. The seats don't have a tilt mechanism and lack under thigh support. The seat squab is flat and I found it uncomfortable. They don't have adjustable lumbar support either.

I agree that equipment levels are high, but then that is why the SE version costs £3k more than the S version, when new.

2001 Seat Leon S 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland


Initially good, but disappointing of late


Firstly the 2nd battery failed after just 3 days of ownership. Was put right quickly by the garage, however recent damp and cold conditions have meant that the car mists up and the back window fills with condensation. This was taken back to the garage and they claimed to have found the source and sealed it. This is still happening and it is due to go back in soon, I would like to hear of anyone else with a similar fault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2002

13th Apr 2004, 04:18

I had the same problem with my Seat Leon and it was because the door seal on the drivers door was leaking, since I have had this fixed and the car has dried out it is fine. I suggest you take you car to a dealer and get the seals checked.

13th Sep 2007, 10:15

Hi, the problem goes on with my girlfriends Seat Toledo 2.3 v5; when we first bought the car the windows were always steaming up, and then after leaving it in the car park airport for two weeks, all the carpets were wet and we had to pay 220 quid to get all new rubbers around the doors. Seat tried to say someone replaced the windscreen and excuse themselves out of the bill.

2001 Seat Leon 20VT Cupra 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland


Small price - big fun



General Comments:

This car is illegally fast! The engine took nearly 3000 miles to loosen and now really delivers all of its 180 bhp.

0-60 is just rapid, especially if the traction control is switched to off, although this is actually unsafe in the wet.

Handling is crisp, although moderate understeer at tight corners needs to be accommodated.

Comfort mark is only a 7 due to very stiff suspension setting. This is also a plus as the car is nimble at high speed.

The specification in the Leon is excellent, the CD is high quality as is the trim. Instrumentation is clear and the steering wheel and gear shift add to the sporty feel.

The main detraction I have experienced is the poor cockpit visibility, particularly out of the rear.

Overall the Seat Leon Cupra is great fun, very cheap and scores an easy 10 for grin factor. BMW drivers simply don't understand why their 323i is nothing more than a dot in your mirrors!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2001

31st Jul 2002, 02:33

Maybe BMW drivers just can't be bothered.

9th Aug 2002, 05:32

"The engine took nearly 3000 miles to loosen"

The rest will loosen around 10.000 miles, you will notice this by parts dropping of, leaking doors and electrical failures.