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Seat Leon Going Large With Estate

By raccars Published

Seat has revealed images and details of an estate version of the Leon small family hatchback. The Seat Leon ST follows its Volkswagen Group corporate stablemates, the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia, in adding an extra practical dimension to this top selling market segment. The ST estate is the third and final piece in the Leon line up, with the existing three and five door body shapes.

At 4535mm in length, the ST tops its hatchback brothers by 272mm, which gives it 587 litres in luggage capacity with the rear seats in place. That's 207 litres more than the hatchback Leons and beats rivals, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and Ford Focus Estate. However, it doesn't quite match the 605 litres of the Golf Estate or 610 litres of the Octavia Estate. With the seats down, the Leon ST's load space goes up to 1470 litres, still less than the Golf Estate but if luggage space is indeed the priority, then you can forget about all the usual suspects anyway and go for the 1642 litre Kia Ceed Sportswagon.

The Seat Leon ST's large boot maintains easy accessibility with a simple rear seat folding mechanism operated by a pair of pull handles and a low loading aperture with a handy flat lip, to allow heavy items to be slid rather than lugged in. The Seat also boasts the same clever multi-layer boot space idea seen in the Octavia and Golf, allowing loading on more than one level.

The cabin is of the quality you'd expect from a car designed as a slightly cheaper version of the VW Golf, with a clear and logical dashboard layout and a touchscreen operated infotainment interface. Front and rear seat occupants will find the cabin's passenger space as generous as its boot, seating five adults comfortably.

While Seat has yet to confirm trim levels for the Leon ST, it would be logical to assume the standard Leon S, SE and FR designations will apply here, along with the engine range. It's also reasonable to expect a high performance Cupra variant of the Leon ST to join the range in time, while a Golf 4Motion inspired ST, with four wheel drive, is already planned for next year.

The car will be unveiled to the public at this September's Frankfurt Motor Show, ready for orders to be taken from October and the first customer deliveries in January 2014. Seat has yet to confirm prices but claims the Leon ST will be undercutting its immediate rivals, suggesting an opening figure of about £16,000, which should make it a very tempting proposition.

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