Seat Leon SC in showrooms in July

Seat Leon SC in showrooms in July

The competitive starting price of the Seat Leon SC - £15,370 - will turn heads when the model enters showrooms in July.

Compared to the five-door Leon, the SC has three doors and is £300 lower in price. Its front seats have a more sporty shape and its wheelbase is 35mm shorter that the five-door model.

Abreakdown of the Leon options shows there are 14 variations offered among the three different trims available-the S, SE and FR, including five automatic options, two low-emission diesels with CO2 output below 100g/km, and engines that range in power from 104bhp to 148bhp. The highest standard road tax charge for all Seat Leon models will be £125.

By shortening the wheelbase, the designers have made the three-door SC more agile than the five-door, which was already a fun car to drive. The reduced wheelbase also gives the SC better proportions since it has no rear doors.

The 1.2 TSI turbocharged petrol S model is the entry level model with a manual gearbox. It comes with air conditioning, seven airbags, ABS and traction control, Bluetooth for phone and audio streaming and an mp3-compatible stereo that includes six speakers and a colour touchscreen display.

The SE model boasts a steering wheel and gear knob wrapped in leather, chrome-like details on the dashboard, ambient interior lights, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights that give additional light when you turn the corner, hill hold control and Seat's XDS differential lock system.

The FR model boasts the Seat Drive Profile, which offer three different driving profiles, as well as an individual mode that allows drivers to choose the drive settings they want.

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