2019 Seat Leon X Perience First Drive

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In the Leon, a new, fifth-generation Haldex clutch sends drive entirely to the front wheels in steady-state use, but up to 50 percent of it is diverted to the rear axle when necessary.

This, combined with a ride height raised by 15mm and a 28mm improvement in ground clearance, gives the X-Perience moderately useful off-road ability and a towing capacity of up to 2000kg (on the manual car). The boot remains unaffected and still offers a healthy 587 litres of space.

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The Leon X-Perience comes in two trim levels, SE and SE Technology, and a choice of a 2.0 TDI in two outputs. The entry-level version is an SE 2.0 TDI 150 equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. It is priced at £24,920 and produces 148bhp and 236lb ft.

Above that sits the SE Technology variant. Equipped with the same engine, it costs £26,905. The range-topper is a more powerful 2.0 TDI 184 – which produces 182bhp and 280lb ft – with dual-clutch DSG transmission. It costs £30,010.

Both engine variants offer identical fuel consumption and CO2 emissions at a claimed 57.6mpg (combined) and 129g/km. The four-wheel-drive system and beefed-up bodywork adds more than 120kg to the kerb weight.

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For all that, emissions and economy are still very good, with both this manual-only, 148bhp version of the 2.0-litre diesel, and the auto-only, 181bhp range-topper achieving just 129g/km and 57.6mpg.

It doesn’t feel much different to a standard Seat Leon ST to drive, and that’s no bad thing. Sure, there’s more body roll, but unless you’re planning on doing competition slaloms in your family wagon, it’s progressive enough not to be a problem.

Perhaps more noticeable are the pitch and dive along with a touch of body float over undulations, but even that’s easily ignored.

The steering is perhaps lighter than some would want and never feels very communicative, but it weights up progressively and gives enough feedback to give you confidence in faster stuff while still making easy work of car park shenanigans.

Despite that softer suspension, the X-Perience’s ride is actually a bit more unsettled than that of the standard car’s. It’s nothing you’d call uncomfortable, but it can be pretty jarring over heavy mid-corner ruts and it feels busy over high-frequency bumps and ripples.

Still, it settles enough to make this a relaxed motorway cruiser, and the engine helps give it good motorway legs. This familiar motor actually gets a touch more torque in this model over the 148bhp 2.0 TDI in the standard Leon, and it serves up a hefty mid-range punch that makes fast, smooth driving really easy.

The 2019 Seat Leon X Perience offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. 2019 Seat Leon X Perience New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2019 Seat Leon X Perience offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines. 2019 Seat Leon X Perience Likes

  • Surround-view cameras are a must-have feature
  • Excellent safety ratings and systems
  • Lots of safety features
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Peppy Turbo option, CVT among the best

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2019 Seat Leon X Perience Expert Rating Breakdown

8.2 on a scale of 1 to 10

  • Styling 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Comfort & Quality 5.0
  • Safety 5.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Fuel Economy 5.0

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