The Leon has been one of our favourite hatchbacks since it launched, so its facelift has only served to keep it simmering in our hearts. Sharp looks are backed up by precise handling and weight savings mean even the 1.6-litre diesel unit has plenty of gusto. The 2.0-litre TDI and DSG automatic version is arguably the sweet spot in the range, though, offering impressive punch, frugal motoring and a sophisticated feel. There are few models that offer such a polished all-round performance.
Price Ј18,975 to Ј28,515 Trim levels S, SE Dynamic, SE, FR, FR Titanium, Xcellence Engines 1.6 Diesel (114bhp), 2.0 Diesel (148bhp), 2.0 Diesel (181bhp) Engines 3-door and 5-door hatchback and 5-door estate CO2 emissions 105 to 125g/km Combined fuel economy 58.9 to 70.6mpg