New Leon is “best hot hatch around,” says Top Gear

25 April 2013

Britain’s best-selling monthly automotive magazine finds new Leon FR “ridiculously” good



Top Gear, Britain’s most popular automotive magazine, has driven “the best SEAT in years, possibly ever”: the new Leon FR 2.0 TDI 184 PS 5dr.

“It steers quickly, rides smartly and, for a medium sized hatch with a big ol’ diesel engine up front, feels very wieldy about the nose,” said Top Gear in its May edition of the magazine.

“Leon returns 112 g/km of CO2, which is… ridiculous, actually. A real-world 50mph is entirely plausible.

“This is the best diesel hot hatch around, and one of the finest hot hatches on sale right now.”

Mark Nichol, SEAT UK’s senior press officer, said: “This review is arguably the most important one we’ll get, aside from actually getting a new Leon onto the Top Gear show itself. Here’s why:”

Top Gear is the largest-selling monthly automotive magazine in the UK (156,000 copies sold per month), outselling its nearest rival by two copies to one. It has a 43 per cent share of the monthly motoring magazine market, and is the second-largest selling men’s monthly title, outselling GQ, FHM and Esquire. It has 20,000 more subscribers than Auto Express (49,000), and if you put all its international editions together (75 per cent of whose editorial is taken from the UK), its global audience is 9.2 million.