The Ford Focus and Seat Leon are titans of the small family sector.
The Ford Focus and Seat Leon are titans of the small family sector. Both offer motorists far more than their class or prices suggest – and frequently outperform their rivals. So, this is the big one. Goliath vs. Goliath. Let us start with style, as this is a major factor for image conscious buyers. The latest Focus looks striking, which is a welcome contrast to its restrained predecessor. Good thing too, as the Leon has a fantastic coupé inspired appearance. Both are very attractive machines, but first blood to the sleeker Seat Leon.The Ford Focus has, historically, been one of the best handling cars in its sector. The latest version continues this proud tradition. Watch out though. The Seat Leon is based on the excellent Volkswagen Golf, and has been tweaked for a sportier drive. Therefore, both vehicles feel reassuringly composed and engaging. The Ford has the more comfortable ride though, which makes it more versatile overall. Great news for the famous blue oval. Entry-level models have five doors, comparable luggage space, and similar equipment specifications. These include: immobilisers, electric front windows, MP3 compatibility, and electronic stability programmes. The Focus also has Bluetooth, but costs £16,000 compared to £14,545. Furthermore, the 1.6-litre 105ps Focus has more power than the Leon 1.4, which only produces 85ps. The Ford, therefore, hits 62mph in 12.3 seconds compared to 14.1. It is more economical too, averaging 47.9mpg rather than 43.5mpg. These factors are the final nails in the coffin for the Seat Leon. It is a tremendously capable rival – and considerably cheaper - but the Ford's smoother ride, better performance, and greater fuel efficiency win the day. The mighty Ford Focus is still king.