Seat is bolstering its reputation for offering attainable performance cars with the launch of the new Leon 2.0 TFSI. Following on from the second-generation Leon’s launch last month, the 2.0 TFSI model is the most powerful model in the new range so far, with a potent 185 PS produced by its 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine.

The Leon 2.0 TFSI will sprint from rest to 62 mph in 7.8 seconds, before hitting a maximum speed of 137 mph, where permitted. However, the driver doesn’t have to push the engine to the red line or make frenzied gear changes in order to experience strong acceleration – with 270 Nm (199 lb ft) of torque available from 1800 to 5000 rpm, flexibility is a key characteristic of this advanced new engine.

One trim level is available with the 2.0 TFSI powerplant – Sport – which has an appealing recommended retail price (including on the road charges) of £15,995. Standard equipment is comprehensive, and includes 2 Zone climate control, front fog lights, CD player with eight speakers, front and rear electric windows, tinted windows, twin exhaust pipes and cruise control. Safety highlights comprise six airbags (driver, front passenger, front-Seat side and curtain), tyre pressure monitoring, ISOFIX child Seat anchorage, ABS and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme).

Visually, the 2.0 TFSI shares its design cues with the other Leon Sport model, the 2.0 TDI PD 140 PS. This means 17-inch alloy wheels, 225/45 tyres, sports suspension and sports Seats, which complement the already dynamic appearance of the new Leon. Discreet ‘TFSI’ badges, located beneath the side indicator repeaters, distinguish this model from its diesel sibling.

The Leon 2.0 TFSI Sport is available to order now, at your nearest Seat dealer. It will add further momentum to the strong initial sales performance of this new model range, which is being mirrored across Europe; in the Spanish market in particular, demand for the new Leon is exceeding all expectations.

 New SEAT Leon 2.0 TFSI Sport specifications

Engine type

4 cylinders in line, turbocharged direct injection petrol, four valves per cylinder

Transmission

Six-speed manual

Cubic capacity

1984

Maximum power

185 PS at 6000 rpm

Maximum torque

270 Nm (199 lb ft) from 1800 – 5000 rpm

Top speed

137 mph

Acceleration 0-62 mph

7.8 seconds

Fuel consumption – urban

extra urban

combined

25.2 mpg

44.1 mpg

34.8 mpg

Carbon dioxide emissions

194 g/km