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Experience The SEAT X-Perience


The new SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE is the latest offering from the popular Spanish manufacturer. It has permanent four-wheel drive and all-road equipment for general all round ability. The Leon X-PERIENCE is offered with a 2.0L Turbo-diesel with two power options of 150PS and 184PS outputs.

Alongside the latest-generation TDI engines and permanent all-wheel drive with intelligent electronic control (there‘s a differential on each axle), this new car boasts all-road suspension with extra ground clearance. A distinctive off-road look and individual interior offering an added dimension for family motoring fun.  As you would expect these days there is also an electronic stability programme and a multi-collision brake system for maximum safety.

seat2 Experience The SEAT X PerienceFurther options include full LED headlights, ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with City Emergency Brake function, a drowsiness detection and lane-keeping assistant for sleepy-heads.

It’s a car for all reasons. The luggage compartment offers a carrying capacity of 587 litres, which extends to as much as 1,470 litres with the rear-seats folded down which would appear to make it very practical. The Leon X-PERIENCE has robust protection moulding on the door sills and wheel arches. The sleek front end is adorned with substantial air intakes and integrated fog lamps with cornering light function, plus the front spoiler with its aluminium-look – as can be seen in the images.

The rear end, too, is distinguished by its new bumper with an aluminium-look insert and by the chrome tailpipes, which are standard on the 2.0 TDI 184 PS. The large wheel arches can accommodate 17-inch or optional 18-inch wheels in a dedicated five-twin-spoke design. The roof rails are finished in black.

Inside, new materials, attention to detail and a combination of strong colours give this car more personality. It offers the black and grey sporty elegance of high-quality fabric upholstery, as well as the option of brown Alcantara or all-black leather seats.

We’ve driven the regular Leon with the diesel engine and found it to be an excellent car although we feel the design is a tad conservative. Whether there is a need for a car like this when there are many, many crossover or SUV vehicles available with 4WD and a similar spec remains to be seen. We let you know the final verdict when we drive it for real.

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SEAT Introduce The New Ibiza Cupra


The name ‘Cupra’ – short for ‘cup racing’ – has always been associated with hot SEATs, the Spanish outpost of the mighty Volkswagen empire, and the badge has now been firmly affixed once again to the back of the smallest SEAT, the Ibiza.

This is not a car for the faint-hearted. The previous version has until recently been in the ownership of this writer and much has been learned during that period. The new car is better looking and the styling inside and out have improved the look further. It now feels more upmarket than the previous model.

With a cautious nod to the new Fiesta ST, the Spanish company has upped its game to match the serious intentions of the flying Ford. The ubiquitous 0-60mph time has been lowered to a nippy 6.9 seconds from 7.2, thus matching the Fiesta. Handily, the engine re-map has also resulted in an improvement in emissions and fuel economy, up by eight percent to 47.9mpg – a figure you are unlikely to see, ever, if you are to exploit the best of this car.

This is why. The standing start figure that is always quoted is not the whole story. On the road, through the gears, this car can really motor. The well established 1.4 TSI engine pushes out 178bhp which, coupled with the fast paddle shifters on the seven speed ‘box, means very rapid progress indeed. Handling is superb, with understeer controlled by an XDS electronic differential; which is just as well as this little car wants to seriously scare you. The steering is accurate, if a little light. Great soundtrack too, incidentally.

One concern with the old car was the tendency under full acceleration for the front to seem to lift, making the car feel a little light. How much this is down to aerodynamics isn’t known but what is known is the passengers permanent concern that the Ibiza is about to leave the road and enter adjacent fields like an ice-hockey puck fired from a cannon. These misgivings are unfounded – unless the driver is completely stupid – because this car goes around corners like it was born to do nothing else. If it helps, the Cupra is equally at home pottling around town in full auto mode.

The old model had few problems and those that existed were minor. Nevertheless, lets hope they have been ironed out to make a very good car into an excellent one. There is a little snag however. The Ibiza Cupra comes in at around £18.5k and the equally good Ford Fiesta ST is cheaper by about £600. Couple that with competition from Renaultsport’s Clio and the SEAT is going to have a bit of an uphill battle trying to win over hot hatch fans.

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