SEAT Leon e-Hybrid reliability & safety rating
The Leon scored well in EuroNCAP crash-testing, and although there's no long-term reliability data available just yet, signs are promising
|5 stars (2020)
The independent crash-test body Euro NCAP evaluated this latest Mk4 model of the SEAT Leon in December 2020, giving it a five-star overall rating and adult and child occupant protection scores of 92 and 88% respectively, as well as 80% for safety assistance.
SEAT Leon e-Hybrid reliability & problems
Predicting reliability and common issues in recently launched new models is always something of an inexact science, but SEAT and its VW Group sister models have a reasonably good track record in this area in recent years.
SEAT achieved a mid-table 14th-place finish out of 30 brands overall in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, with a 17.4% average share of owners reporting a fault with their cars. Build quality was rated averagely, but in our experience it's not too far behind that of Skoda and Volkswagen.
As mentioned above, the Leon did very well in Euro NCAP crash-testing, scoring 92 and 88% respectively for adult and child occupant protection, as well as 80% for its safety assist systems; the latter are designed to prevent any impacts occurring in the first place.
A full complement of airbags, automatic emergency braking and ISOFIX child-seat fixings are standard across the range, while there are also three safety equipment packs you can add at extra cost. The 'Safety & Driving Pack M' (standard on the range-topping Xcellence Lux) comprises a road-sign display and automatic high-beam headlights, as well as predictive and adaptive cruise control.
The 'Safety & Driving Pack L' is optional on all grades and adds side assistance and exit assistance to the M pack's kit, while the 'Safety & Driving Pack XL' (standard on the FR First Edition, optional elsewhere) ups equipment further with semi-autonomous car control in an emergency.
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 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 rating - currently readingThe 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...