Seat has announced the availability of the advanced DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) on petrol FR versions of both the Leon and Altea.

DSG, already offered with 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS Stylance versions of both the Leon and Altea, delivers performance-oriented split-second ratio changes, as well as the convenience of two pedals for city driving. However, FR models also benefit from steering wheel-mounted paddle shift controls, for even more of a ‘Formula Racing’ feel.

DSG features two wet plate-type clutches, one engaging the odd-numbered ratios, the other dealing with the evens. This means that when, for example, the car is in second gear, third has already been engaged and is ready to be activated in a fraction of a second. The results are ultra quick changes, with no loss in performance or economy compared with the manual versions – in fact, the 0 to 62 mph times for both models are actually slightly faster with DSG (see table below).

Complementing the six-speed manual models, DSG versions of both the Leon and Altea T FSI FR are available now through the SEAT UK Dealer network, at £17,895 and £18,195 (RRP on the road) respectively. These prices represent impressive value, with a plethora of equipment fitted as standard. Highlights include ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), 17" alloy wheels, Dual Zone climate control, four electric windows, six airbags, and an eight-speaker CD player with MP3 compatibility and AUX-IN socket for iPod link-up.

Leon and Altea T FSI FR DSG prices, performance and economy
(figures for manual versions in brackets)

 RRP, on the roadMaximum speed, mph0 to 62 mph, secs Combined mpg
Leon T FSI FR DSG£17,895 (£16,995)142
(142)
7.2
(7.3)
35.8
(35.8)
Altea T FSI FR DSG£18,195 (£17,295)136
(136)
7.7
(7.8)
34.9
(34.9)