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
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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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictWith a strong pure-electric range, stylish looks and family-friendly practicality, the SEAT Leon e-Hybrid is one of our favourite plug-in hatchbacks
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingSub-30g/km CO2 emissions and over 200mpg fuel economy are the official claims for the Leon hybrid, while charging is reasonably swift from either a wallbox or socket
- 3Running costsThe hybrid Leon offers an ultra-low 6% Benefit-in-Kind rate for company-car users – but only in certain trim levels
- 4Engines, drive & performanceLike all SEAT Leons, the hybrid version is a lovely car to drive; electrification just makes it faster and more responsive
- 5Interior & comfortThere's little in the way of interesting design inside the Leon hybrid, but it is high-quality, logically laid-out and well equipped throughout
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingBoot space is reduced to accommodate the hybrid Leon's battery pack, but otherwise it remains a reasonably practical family hatchback
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Leon scored well in EuroNCAP crash-testing, and although there's no long-term reliability data available just yet, signs are promising