2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
In spite of a noticeable upswing, economy models still maintain a niche existence in the German car market. The Seat Leon Ecomotive shows that economy technology does not necessarily have to be more expensive.
By Frank Mertens A
look at the consumption figures of the car manufacturers has one thing in common: They usually shouldn't be taken seriously. There is usually a considerable gap between the work specification and reality.
In view of this fact, one can hardly trust the view of the on-board computer of the Seat Leon 1.9 TDI Ecomotive. After a brisk country road trip, the average consumption is 4.4 liters in the display. This is not quite what the manufacturer promises with 3.7 liters, but it is pretty damn close. Above all: With careful driving style, you can definitely achieve this value. This is not only good for the wallet, but also finally increases confidence in the industry again.
The good thing about the fuel-efficient car from the Spaniards is that the savings do not go hand in hand with any loss of driving pleasure. If you want, you can move the 105 hp diesel from 0 to 100 km / h in 10.9 seconds. The top speed is reached at 186 km / h. The Seat Leon Ecomotive drives like any other vehicle, if you ignore the fact that it doesn't like to be driven in low speed ranges. But that is due to the longer gear design for gears three to five. Together with the modified engine control unit and a weight reduction of 80 kilos, they ensure these really good fuel consumption values.
Cheapest entry-level diesel
In times of climate change, this is also good for the environment. The Leon emits just 119 grams per kilometer of the climate-damaging C02 into the air. This means it is already below the limit of 120 grams required by the EU Commission for 2012.
But that is not the only reason that makes the Leon Ecomotive a purchase recommendation. First of all, there is the price. Because the Ecomotive is also the cheapest entry-level diesel within the Leon range. At 19,990 euros, it is 1490 euros cheaper than the conventional Leon. The Ecomotive model now accounts for 25 percent of diesel sales at the Leon.
High quality workmanship
The processing quality in the Seat is not objectionable. It makes a valuable impression. The five-speed gearbox and the extremely responsive steering also make a good impression. Despite the slightly sloping roof line, two adults can sit comfortably in the rear seats.
What bothers, however, is the large mirror in the Leon, which restricts the field of vision when turning right as well as when stopping at a red light. You shouldn't do without a park pilot, which is optionally available. Without it, parking becomes a game of vanbanque due to the small rear window and the wide rear pillars.
Surprise on the rear doors
The Leon is sure to surprise not only because of its low fuel consumption, but also because of the rear door handles. They are so hidden in the rear side windows that passengers think they are looking at a three-door hatchback. When I showed my seven year old son how to open the doors, his reaction was clear. "That's really awesome."