SEAT kicked off the year by becoming three-time consecutive winners at the 2016 What Car? Awards. ​

The winning model, SEAT Leon SC FR has been titled the Best Buy Coupé (less than £25,000) 2016. Click here to see the model.

Wider and shorter than its five-door brother, the Leon SC (Sports Coupé) combines the head-turning looks and agile nature of a coupé, with the practicality of a hatchback. Ever practical; two adults will fit in the back seats easily enough and the boot is just as big as a five-door Leon’s. For £20,225 you’re getting a car that’s fun to drive and which is remarkably well equipped.

The SEAT Leon SC FR comes comprehensively equipped, with 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, exclusive FR sport styling inside and out. The additional Technology Pack included in this model offers a sophisticated Navigation System with 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, full LED lights.

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The reason for this vehicles superb efficiency reminds us that technology isn’t all about interior gadgets. The engine’s clever trick of being able to shut down half of its cylinders when cruising saves fuel, without compromising on power.

Speaking at the What Car? Awards celebration, SEAT UK’s Director, Richard Harrison, added, “After winning the same category for the last two years, we were quietly confident about our chances this time around. But to win it yet again, especially against such tough opposition, is testament to the Leon SC’s enticing, all-round qualities. It’s got real substance backing up its eye-catching style, with performance, quality and value-for-money in spades.”

The svelte three-door bodystyle of SEAT’s best-selling model is available with either a precise six-speed manual gearbox or slick-shifting seven-speed DSG auto, and comes with a choice of seven diesel and petrol engines, including the even more potent CUPRA 290.


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