Firstly, the 1.4 engine is very punchy compared to most other engines of that size.
Most of my miles were done on the motorway and it is an extremely comfortable ride for long journeys. There is enough space in the car for four adults, and the boot is massive; we fit enough camping gear in for a week!
I owned the car from new and loved every mile that I drove in it. I was sad to see it go, but I would buy another one. I swapped mine for a 4x4 because the Leon isn't suited for hill driving, however for town driving and on the motorway it's perfect.
When looking round at cars, this was the best safety-wise in it's class for the money. The all-round airbags and ABS were a real must for me.
This car is unbeatable if you want a cheap to run, roomy and reliable and safe car with contemporary styling.