SEAT Leon e-Hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging
Sub-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
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|217-235mpg||27-28g/km||36-40 miles||3hrs 42mins (0-100%, 3.6kW)|
Official efficiency figures are as impressive for the Leon e-Hybrid as they are for any plug-in, with up to 235mpg fuel economy and between 27 and 28g/km CO2 emissions being recorded. The real-world numbers are likely to fall some way short of those, but even so, the SEAT should still be a very cost-effective car for most drivers.
SEAT Leon e-Hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions
Like all plug-in hybrids, the Leon e-Hybrid posts some pretty mind-boggling numbers when put through official economy testing – in this case, well over 200mpg. The health warning that always accompanies these claims is that they depend on topping the battery up to 100% after every journey, always starting from full.
That's not always possible in the real world, so the economy returned by the car's 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine after the battery has been depleted is also important to consider. During our time with the Leon, a 120-mile trip covering urban and rural roads, as well as some motorway, returned an indicated 48mpg. That's about what you'd expect from the equivalent 1.5-litre TSI pure-petrol Leon, so it's positive that there's no big penalty to be paid if you have to run on an empty battery for a while.
As mentioned above, regular charging is the key to getting the most out of any plug-in hybrid, so it pays to make this process as painless as possible should you decide to run one. A home wallbox is the best solution, allowing you to charge at the Leon's maximum rate of just over 3kW to get a full charge in less than four hours. Stick with a regular domestic socket and you'll see the battery topped up in around six hours, so overnight charging is still very doable this way.
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 & charging - currently readingSub-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 costs & insuranceThe hybrid Leon offers an ultra-low 7% Benefit-in-Kind rate for company-car users – but only in certain trim levels
- 4Performance, engine & driveLike all SEAT Leons, the hybrid version is a lovely car to drive; electrification just makes it faster and more responsive
- 5Interior, dashboard & 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
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityBoot space is reduced to accommodate the hybrid Leon's battery pack, but otherwise it remains a reasonably practical family hatchback
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Leon scored well in EuroNCAP crash-testing, and although there's no long-term reliability data available just yet, signs are promising
- 8Living with itHow does plug-in hybrid ownership work without a home wallbox charger? We're running a SEAT Leon e-Hybrid to find out...