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SEAT–Leon Ecomotive

January 2014

 The Ecomotive versions of the Seat Leon that all arrive together in January hold the greatest interest for most fleet drivers. All offer the same 85.6mpg average fuel economy and 87g/km carbon dioxide emissions.

The three-door SC has a list price of £19,369, while the hatch comes in at £19,660 and the ST wagon at £20,485. Each uses the 104bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine and six-speed manual gearbox with specially chosen ratios to optimise economy.

Seat has also made the new Leon Ecomotive models lighter by 90kg compared their predecessors and the company says the new Ecomotive models are 10% more aerodynamically efficient than before. This is achieved by a 15mm lower ride height, new front grille to improve air flow and side and rear spoilers to better manage the air passing over and around the car. Seat has also fitted low rolling resistance tyres.

An Energy Recovery System is also standard to recuperate energy when the car is slowing or braking to charge the battery, and there is also Start/Stop. Together with the other measures to save fuel and emissions, Seat points out the Ecomotive model can travel an additional 11.3 miles for every gallon of diesel compared to the standard non-Ecomotive 1.6 TDI model.