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Seat Leon SC FR 1.8 TSI 180PS DSG first drive review

Seat Leon SC FR 1.8 TSI 180PS DSG first drive review

Seat turns up the heat on its new SC range with a high-output 1.8-litre turbocharged FR model

This is the final production version of the Seat Leon SC, a new three-door derivative of the recently launched five-door hatch, here in FR sports trim and with a 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine and dual-clutch automatic transmission.Despite its passing resemblance to the conventional five-door model, the SC is claimed by Seat to reflect a true ‘Sports Coupé’ thanks to an exterior that’s redesigned from the A-pillars back.Granting the SC a sleeker appearance is a more steeply raked rear windscreen, a lower roofline and a tweaked tailgate. The rear blisters are also larger than the five-door’s, giving the car a slightly lower and wider stance.The changes aren’t purely cosmetic. The SC also has a 35mm shorter wheelbase, which gives a more sporting appearance and reputedly improved agility, but despite this interior space isn’t compromised excessively — there’s room for four adults and the 380-litre boot is the same size as the five-door’s.Seat’s FR variants are further distinguished from the normal SC models by different front and rear bumpers with FR badging, 17-inch wheels, rear LED lights, rear privacy glass, red interior stitching and a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel.