First plug-in Seat Leon to cost from £30,970
14th Oct 2020 Danny Morgan
Seat’s first Leon plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Leon e-Hybrid, is available to order and is priced from £30,970.
What is it?
The Seat Leon e-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle in the Leon range. There is also a hot hatch version in the form of the Cupra Leon PHEV, but this is the “standard” Leon plug-in hybrid.
What you need to know
The Leon e-Hybrid, which was announced earlier this year, combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. It might not be competing with the hot hatch Cupra version, but it still completes the 0-62mph sprint in about 7.5 seconds.
The 13kWh battery pack results in an electric only range of 36 miles (WLTP) and this will take about four hours to charge using a dedicated home charge point. Although, the Leon e-Hybrid is limited to 3.6kW AC charging at home, so it won’t be able to take full advantage of the full 7.4kW that most home chargers offer.
For business users or those concerned about the environmental credentials, the Leon e-Hybrid produced CO2 emissions from as low as 27g/km. Seat also say it has a potential fuel economy of 217-235mpg.
Clearly both the mpg and CO2 emissions depend on how the vehicle is driven and how often you can use it in electric-only mode.
Trims and pricing
There are no less than five trims available at launch including the FR, FR First Edition, FR Sport, Xcellence, and Xcellence Lux.
The entry-level Leon e-Hybrid is the FR trim starting from £30,970. FR styling, sports suspension and LED headlights come as standard as do the 17” alloys, rain sensing wipers, wireless phone charging and park assist.
The FR Sport starts from £32,530 and adds larger 18” alloys, nicer upholstery, folding and heater door mirrors, plus heated front seats and steering wheel.
The Xcellence gets all this plus rear-view camera, keyless entry and digital driver’s cockpit. This trim starts from £32,960.
Or you can upgrade to the Xcellence Lux from £34,315. This one also has 18” alloys but with a more aerodynamic design. As well as lane assist, you also get park assist, and high beam assist which will recognise oncoming vehicles at night and automatically dim.
Go for the FR First Edition, which starts from £36,115, and you get the larger 18” alloys, plus rear-view camera and predictive and adaptive cruise control as standout features.