Faults 1 and 2 should clearly not have got past factory quality control or the dealer inspection - it is a major worry that these highly visible problems were not picked up. Why a manual could not be supplied by return of post, I do not know.
Notwithstanding, dealer service was provided without quibble, albeit in a quite laid-back manner. All problems have now been solved to my satisfaction.
Despite all this, I really love the car!
It is sporty enough for my needs (town/frequent long drives). Looks great in black, by the way.
I got a good deal (£1000 off list, and less than 'What Car?' Target Price) - without finance too!
Interior specification and build is solid, tough and high quality (equal to Golf, for instance - many shared components)
Handles very well - smooth, sure and solid, rather than 'on rails' (nothing like Focus, for example)
Despite what has been written elsewhere, the sound system ('Seat Aura') with 6 CD-changer option is fantastic. Tight bass, crisp treble, excellent spatial representation. (again, nothing like Focus!)
I would absolutely recommend test driving a Leon if you're looking at a Focus, Golf or A3 - you might find it fits the bill and leaves you a few pounds left over!