SEAT Leon e-Hybrid practicality & boot space

Boot space is reduced to accommodate the hybrid Leon's battery pack, but otherwise it remains a reasonably practical family hatchback

SEAT Leon e-Hybrid
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality & boot space rating

2.5 out of 5

LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up)
4,368mm1,799mm1,460mm270 litres

As a five-door hatchback the SEAT Leon is an inherently practical car, although in terms of outright space, it's not at the top of the class. The e-Hybrid version reviewed here also suffers from a reduction in boot space to accommodate the petrol-electric drivetrain's battery pack, so if you regularly carry a full boot's worth of luggage, you may want to check carefully that the Leon suits your needs.

The good news is that unlike a large proportion of its rivals, the hybrid Leon is available in 'ST' estate form, which by its very nature will be capable of carrying more than the hatchback. We haven't tested that particular version yet, but will bring you a full review when we do.

SEAT Leon e-Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

Although boot space has taken a hit, room for passengers in the back of the Leon is unchanged compared to the purely petrol and diesel-engined versions of the car, and storage around the cabin for odds and ends is decent, too. The separate climate control vents and adjustment for rear-seat passengers (not always a given in this class) will be welcome, as will the longer wheelbase, which has increased legroom in the back compared to the old Mk3 Leon.

Boot space

The SEAT Leon hatchback has a 380-litre boot in standard petrol or diesel form, which is the same as you get in its Volkswagen Golf sister model and marginally bigger than the boot capacity of the Ford Focus. However, the e-Hybrid Leon has to give over 110 litres of that to the hybrid system's batteries, reducing the total figure to a supermini-like and rather disappointing 270 litres. The rival Mercedes A-Class hybrid has 30 litres more, for a total of 310 litres.

There's no dedicated underfloor storage space for the charging cables, so you'll have to keep them in the supplied bags if you want or need to bring them with you. The counter to all this is that there's an ST estate version of the Leon e-Hybrid available should you require more storage space on the move, and spec-for-spec it only costs around £1,000 more than the hatchback.

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