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Seat Joins The Crossover Race: The Seat Leon X-perience

June 24, 2014

Spanish Automaker Seat have released details and images of their upcoming foray into the crossover market. Named the Seat Leon X-perience, the crossover will be adapted from Seat’s popular Leon mid-size hatchback. Since its merger into the VW Group, Seat’s reputation for build quality, design and performance has skyrocketed. And, with the German giants behind them, the X-perience stands a strong chance of taking a slice of the lucrative UK crossover market. If you want to get your hands on a new Leon X-perience, The Car Loan Warehouse have got you covered – check out our car finance options and see what we can do for you.

A new X-perience

Based on the estate version of the Leon, the X-perience benefits from raised suspension, increasing the ride height by 15mm. Hardly a dramatic difference, but it’s the new 4 wheel drive system that will give the Leon X-perience its new off road abilities.

Aside from the obvious height difference, Seat have made some design changes for the X-perience, including larger, durable plastic bumpers and black roof rails. These changes give the X-perience a more rugged off-road look, and the new protective bumpers will mean drivers aren’t afraid to take the crossover off the beaten track once in a while.

Under the bonnet

That’s where the changes stop – with VW employing their renowned range of diesel and petrol engines to power the X-perience. The Seat will be available with a choice of three diesel engines, including a 1.6L and two 2.0L TDI variations, producing, 109, 143 and 181 bhp respectively. The X-perience will only be offered with one petrol engine, a spritely 1.8L TSI engine producing a capable 178 bhp.

 

Our pick of the bunch is the top of the range 181 bhp 2.0L TDI diesel engine, which performs well in other models across the Seat and VW range. The range topping diesel comes with VW’s nifty DSG semi-automatic gearbox, featuring paddle shifters – giving drivers the best of both manual and automatic functionality. Seat claim the diesel is capable of propelling the Leon X-perience from 0-62 mph in 7.1 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 139 mph – impressive figures for a family car!

Seat have yet to release price details for the Leon X-perience – however, you can expect competitive pricing if Seat want to stand a chance at competing with the likes of Nissan’s crossovers.

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About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.