Seat goes large with Leon ST
With the Leon Sports Tourer, Seat adds a station wagon variant to the Leon compact range for the first time.
Seat President Juergen Stackmann said the wagon will attract new buyers to the brand and help maintain the Volkswagen Group's sales momentum, which got a boost from the arrival of the new five- and three-door Leon variants last year. "We're opening the door to a new set of customers with the Leon ST," Stackmann said.
The 587-liter trunk capacity expands to 1,470 liters with the rear seats folded – quite roomy but less than the VW Golf Variant wagon (1,620 liters) and the Skoda Octavia Combi (1,740 liters).
Is there an all-wheel-drive option?
The Leon ST's diesel versions offer awd.
Mainly middle-aged parents with teenage children.
VW Group's cylinder-on-demand technology, which shuts down cylinders to save fuel, will be offered on the 1.4-liter gasoline-engine version starting in mid-2014. The Leon ST's optional full-LED headlights are a first in the compact segment, Seat says.
Does the Leon ST retain Seat's sporty brand values?
The Leon ST's roofline follows almost exactly the same line as the five-door Leon, keeping the hatchback's dynamic silhouette, Seat says.
Seat expects that the ST will account for about 25 percent of the Leon range's sales volume. The Leon model line is built on parent VW Group's MQB architecture like the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia wagons.
Base price: 16,640 euros (Germany)
Where built: Martorell, Spain
Lowest CO2 emissions: 85g/km
Main rivals: Hyundai i30 Tourer, Kia Cee'd SW, Ford Focus wagon, Renault Megane wagon, Opel/Vauxhall Astra Sportback.
The ST has the same wheelbase as the Leon five-door hatchback, but is longer at 4535mm with 264mm added to the rear overhang to expand luggage capacity.
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