2020 SEAT Leon: We Uncover The Golf’s More Stylish Twin

SEAT isn’t exactly a household name to anyone residing in North America, or even anyone outside of Europe, for that matter. Which is a shame, because the Spanish subsidiary of Volkswagen Group produces some fine cars.

One such model is the Golf-based Leon compact hatch/wagon, which is a youthful, more affordable alternative to its more well-known stablemate. Like the upcoming Mk8 Golf, the Leon is also set for a major overhaul, so with that in mind, we take an illustrative preview at what to expect from the Martorell-based manufacturer’s next compact car offering.

Dynamic Design

The styling is arguably sportier compared to its MQB-based Golf, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia siblings. Sheetmetal surfacing is more organic than the outgoing car, with less hard-edged creases and flat panels. It appears SEAT has taken a leaf out of Mazda’s design rulebook by making it look less digital, more handcrafted.

At the front, it features dynamic LED lighting, full-width lower air intake and a chiseled hood. The side profile almost has a coupe-like appearance along with a deeply scalloped shoulder line and doors. Rear-end styling adopts full-width taillights similar to that of SEAT’s Tarraco midsize SUV, dual exhausts and an angular diffuser panel.

Interior Sophistication

It’s anticipated that the Mk4 Leon will follow the new Golf’s lead in adopting more tech this time around. Expect a fully digital instrument cluster, high-mount infotainment display and fewer physical buttons in lieu of touch-capacitive surfaces.

Cabin styling takes inspiration from the Formentor concept, with swathes of chiseled trim detailing, stitched surfaces and ambient lighting. A bump in cabin dimensions should make occupants feel more at home, with a five-door wagon option available to those who require more practicality.

Hybrid Performance

There will be a myriad of powertrain options including 1.0 and 1.5-litre petrol units, and a 1.6-litre diesel coupled to a 48v mild hybrid system. Also available will be a range-topping, plug-in hybrid variant. In the Cupra Formentor concept, this system produces 245 hp. It’s expected this 1.5-litre TSI-based powertrain will form the basis for the Cupra Leon hot hatch and will offer up to 31 miles of pure electric range.

The new Cupra Leon spied testing on the ‘Ring

Power will be fed to the wheels via a dual-clutch DSG transmission, and an intelligent dynamic chassis setup (DCC) for the Cupra variant will further compliment handling capabilities.

Rivals and Reveal

The Leon’s main rivals include the aforementioned Volkswagen Group Golf, Skoda Octavia and -to some extent / versions, the Audi A3. Other worthy alternatives include Ford’s Focus, Mazda3, Hyundai I30, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Honda Civic, Peugeot 308, Kia Ceed and Toyota Corolla.

It’s anticipated the all-new Leon will be revealed this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, whilst sales will kick off in early 2020.

Finally, what do you think of the Leon’s new look and should it come to North America? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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  • J. P.

    I think it should. With the exception of the Jetta & Arteon, VW’s design language is way too damn stale in my opinion

    • JRP

      Volkswagen, Škoda, BMW, Cadillac, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Ferrari. They really need to start making it easier to tell cars apart.

      The Jetta and Arteon are really nice cars. I like the T-Roc too.

      • J. P.

        Likewise, so is the Tharu and T-Cross, I forgot to add those along the Tayron and T-Roc as well. The only Cadillac I like so far is the XT4

      • 2PacOfCarscoop

        bruh… You don’t have to be this perfect… The “Š” … Just call it Skoda…… without the the thing on top of the “S”…

        • JRP

          I am just typing it in how I want to. It’s the correct way to spell it. It indicates that it is pronounced Shkoda and not Skoda. I do it with Citroën too and that is how I will keep doing it.

          • 2PacOfCarscoop

            No… I have to correct you… Yes.. I guess you’re right about the SKoda thing… BUT and its a big one… YOU cannot type whatever you feel like, if it make some of us unsafe…

          • JRP


  • JRP

    The current Leon can stay in production until 2022 and it’ll still look brand new. I wish Seat sold in the US. Ibiza, Formentor, Arona, and Ibiza are my favorites. The others are just Škodas and Volkswagens.

  • 2PacOfCarscoop
  • Bash

    I don’t mind this. Looks good.

  • Rocket

    Nice rendering. I’d love to see it come to the States, but it’s not going to happen. After Dieselgate, Seat or Skoda would be better VAG brands for the US market. The GTI is the only VW model that has the potential to be missed, and even that would be minimal as long something were to take its place. But that window of opportunity closed, so we’re stuck with what we’ve got.

  • EyalN

    they just need to stop using the DSG, they have so many problems with them

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      7 speed “dry” box, yes.

      The “wet” version in 6 speed variant seems ok.

    • שי קדוש

      Do not buy from them until they replace something numeral

  • erly5

    Not as stylish as it could and should be

  • J-Triumf

    Nah, if anything this looks less stylish; the lights might be aggressive but the side creases are boring and the general body is way too long in the front and has an overall generic shape to it. It wouldn’t be so bad if they just lengthened the windshield and A-pillars a bit more forward for a more aerodynamic look, but this looks boring.

    • Gucci Cino

      I totally agree with you,

  • Gucci Cino

    Ok I just wish they keep the 300HP in it and the pops and bangs sound is important to me because I bought the 2019 model is nice and am looking to buy a the 2020 model only if they keep the 300HP

  • Dredd2

    there is nothing godly in the new mazda 3. its rear looks like a hump (side) and looks cheap, the front is ok and nice but who cares.

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