Top marks with Euro NCAP
The new Seat Leon ST has been awarded top marks by car safety assessment body Euro NCAP. The five star rating puts the Leon ST among the very safest cars on the road. The rating is the result of exceptional scores in all areas of the industry-standard Euro NCAP test, but particularly the adult occupant safety and child occupant safety sections, for which the Leon ST scored 94% and 92% respectively.
The new Seat Leon ST made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this spacious versatile estate car goes on sale in the UK next month with first deliveries in January next year. The new Leon ST offers a range of highly efficient engines that all have start/stop and energy recovery systems. An impressive choice of engine is the 1.2 TSI 105 PS engine that returns 57.6 mpg, while the state-of-the-art 1.4 TSI 140 PS runs very close with a 53.3 mpg average figure. At the top of the petrol line-up is the 1.8 TSI engine, the entry level diesel model is the 1.6 TDI emitting just 106 g/km CO2 and returning 68.9 mpg. If you fancy the sporty 2.0 TDI this achieves a fantastic 65.7mpg.
Safety technology includes Multi-Collision Brake, Tiredness Recognition and Lane Assist. The Seat Leon ST has received two Euro NCAP Advanced awards for its lane-keeping assistant and multi-collision brake systems. The Seat lane-keeping assistant uses a camera mounted behind the rear view mirror, which detects lane markings and helps the driver stay in lane. Working at speeds above 40 mph and linked to the power steering system, it applies a small amount of torque to the steering wheel intended to prompt the driver into taking corrective action should he or she begin to drift out of lane. The multi-collision braking system detects when the car has been involved in an accident, for example when the airbag has been fired and automatically applies the brakes to prevent or mitigate a subsequent impact. It triggers both the hazard warning lights and the brake lights.
Dr. Matthias Rabe, Executive Vice-President for Research and Development at SEAT S.A said “Seat is committed to the highest levels of active and passive safety in all its models. The thorough development work developed at our Technical Centre is now rewarded with the excellent classification achieved by both variants of the new Leon in the demanding Euro NCAP tests. We are also pleased with the two Euro NCAP Advanced rewards for the SEAT multi-collision brake system and the SEAT lane-keeping assistant in the new Leon. It is the new Leon family at the very top of the latest technology.”