2002 Seat Leon S 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Great all-rounder, good value for money
I've had this car for 8 months and had very few problems. It's used as a general runabout back and forth to work, etc..
I would say that Seat skimp on the body quality - I've had a chunk taken out of the bonnet from a stone on the motorway and the metal underneath has corroded which I have never seen on other cars. The panels are a bit flimsy - But you get reliable VW mechanics, so you pays your money...
The wipers need adjusting, but I'm being picky now. I've seen no evidence of leaks or condensation (touch wood) and I leave it outside all the time - I think Seat have changed the seals on the 02 model.
A great car! It's not the nippiest - don't be tempted with the dealer offers for a 1.4, 1.6 will have just enough for most drivers.
Very smooth ride, no sign of the old VW 'solid' suspension, and the gearbox and clutch are vastly improved over VWs earlier efforts.
Love the body design which is slightly retro 80s and quite distinctive.
Inside, it's comfortable on long hauls and the controls are basic, simple to use and sturdy - no curry-holders in here I'm afraid. The layout is very sensible and feels quite spacious. Good quality stereo and speakers - I'm told its comfortable in the back, but tall folk will struggle with clearance.
The rear seats don't go flat, unless driver and passenger are long-legged dwarfs - so you need to take the back seats out to maximise luggage space, but this is a doddle to do.
My dealer is very helpful, but overall no better or worse than dealers in general.
All in all, excellent value for money - you can tell that at heart it's a VW both from the ride, components and engine which feels like it will still be going strong long after the paint has fallen off.
If, like me, you always wanted a golf, but feel like you're being ripped off (you are) - this is the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th February, 2003