Power pack: the Seat Leon is a copy of a Golf GTI


The Seat Leon is a copy of a Golf GTI

Power pack: the Seat Leon is a copy of a Golf GTI-copy

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Looks different, but is actually a Golf: The Leon from the Spanish VW subsidiary Seat.

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Power pack: the Seat Leon is a copy of a Golf GTI-golf

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With a high belt line and a roof line that slopes sharply to the front, the Leon makes you look youthful.

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Power pack: the Seat Leon is a copy of a Golf GTI-leon

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With at least 221 hp, the car is definitely a small powerhouse. To do this, it also uses an average of ten liters of fuel.

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Power pack: the Seat Leon is a copy of a Golf GTI-pack

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At almost 26,000 euros, the Leon FR is a little cheaper than the Golf GTI. For this it uses significantly more.

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Everything but the design is Golf am Leon. If that doesn’t sound like Spanish, the copy will at least be a VW that has been carefully trimmed for youthfulness.

Zat first the bad mood predominates. About the fact that Volkswagen has gone too far in passing on its technology to its subsidiary brands. The Seat Leon wouldn’t exist if the VW Golf didn’t exist, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Leon FR, the copy of the Golf GTI.

Motor, gearshift, chassis technology, even levers and buttons – apart from the design, everything is Golf here. And then you could take the original right away, right? A car, especially one that is advertised as particularly sporty, must also have something like a personality or at least its own style.

Sure, the Leon looks different from the Golf, but that’s not all. The design of the car also looks hard and testifies to the efforts of the Spanish subsidiary to position itself as a youthful, dynamic brand.

But every anger dissipates once. After all, this Leon drives like a Golf and is therefore beyond much doubt.

The creamy turbo four-cylinder under the hood, which for some inexplicable reason offers 211 horsepower, and thus one more than the Golf, gives a convincing performance on the autobahn and country road, and the steering works precisely.

The bone-dry spring-damper set-up could have been fun, especially on winding small roads – but most of them have not been cleared now, unfortunately the sports test had to be canceled.

For everyday use, however, the Leon FR springs a bit too hard, so the Golf GTI is more conciliatory. Even when refueling, there is not much fun in the FR. Below the ten-liter mark, the Seat can hardly be moved, it clearly misses the factory specification of 7.2 l / 100 km. At 1334 kilograms (test car: 1425 kilograms), the car is not significantly heavier than a Golf GTI, which you can drive with eight to nine liters in commuting between Berlin and Brandenburg.

When it comes to the price-performance ratio, the Seat Leon FR has a lead, albeit a small one: The car costs 25,890 euros, with a direct shift gearbox (DSG) 27,690 euros. A Golf GTI is available from 26,650 euros, with DSG and five doors, which the Leon offers as standard, comes to 29,415 euros. The difference of 1725 euros is noticeable, but not necessarily an argument in this price range, even if the Leon FR offers a few more equipment details than the GTI.

When it comes to reselling, the Leon driver loses some of his lead, and investments in fuel are higher with the Seat.

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