Seat Leon Gets All-Wheel Drive, but Only for 1.6 and 2.0 TDI Estate Models

Despite being based on the exact same platform as the VW Golf and the Skoda Octavia, the third-generation SEAT Leon has not been available with the new all-wheel drive systems. We think this is a shame, especially since the lower SEAT prices (compared to the Golf) would encourage customers to play a little extra.
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Finally, the announcement came that the Leon 3 has been made available with all-wheel drive. The system is badged “4Drive” and was presented yesterday at the Vienna Autoshow. That’s the good news, the bad being that only the ST estate version of the Leon is available with it, and only with two diesel engines.

The cheaper model comes with the 1.6 TDI rated at 105 PS and 250 Nm of torque. 0 to 100 km/h takes a while, 12 seconds to be precise, and once you’re passed that expect the car to top out at 187 km/h. Efficiency is good, with this relatively large estate requiring 4.5 l/100km on the combined cycle.

The other engine available with 4Drive is the 2.0 TDI rated at 150 PS, which needless to say is a lot faster. 0 to 100 km/h takes 8.7 seconds and the top speed is a respectable 211 km/h. What’s surprising is the fuel efficiency is barely affected. 4.8 liters will be required every 100 km/h on the combined cycle. That’s in ideal conditions, but the ST 2.0 TDI 4Drive sounds like a good motorway companion.

Seat didn’t reveal any pricing information, but expect a €1,500 markup on the car.
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