Seat Leon Xperience

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Words and photos by James North

Road trips are fun.

They are even better when you are behind the wheel of a great vehicle, something that’s comfortable, spacious, fast and economic, all rolled into one. When heading to this year’s Spring Break snowboard test in Austria, the kind people at Seat fulfilled every one of these desires and a few days before our departure, dropped off a brand new Seat Leon X-perience with me.

If you are looking for something that is both good for city life & group road trips, I dare say that this might be the exact vehicle you are looking for.

This 2.0L TDI 6 speed estate was perfect for the journey ahead. When packing the car, we were suitability impressed with the able storage space. The obligatory game of luggage Tetris was a distant memory as we comfortably filled the boot with not one but two full camera set ups (including a Red camera and all the associated gizmos) plus snowboard kit.

We also help but notice the incredible panoramic sunroof which spanned the across 80% of the roof. This greatly illuminated the interior and created the illusion of added space.  Leaving London and hitting the European tarmac, we discovered the pleasure of long distance driving in this car. Smooth, solid and comfortable at speed, we arrived in the mountains in no time. Covering a lot of miles, normally takes it toll on your wallet with fuel costs, however when driven economically, the fuel consumption was impressive coming in at a real world of about 53.9 mpg combined giving us more bang for our buck.

The next test was the drive from the sleepy village of Feichten up to the Kaunertal glacier. With its steep climbs reaching an elevation of nearly 3000m, the plethora of switchbacks puts any car through its paces. The Seat didn’t disappoint. There was plenty of torque allowing you to accelerate through the steeps and whilst being tight through the turns building your confidence in its performance.

If you are looking for something that is both good for city life & group road trips, I dare say that this might be the exact vehicle you are looking for.

Many thanks to Seat UK for the loan

Engine size: 2.0l diesel

Top speed: 129mph

0-60mph: 8.7 seconds

Max Power: 150PS

CO2: from 125g/km

Price: from from £24,920

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