Seat Leon scoops double award
Two very different Seat Leon models triumphed at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards this week.
The frugal Seat Leon E Ecomotive supermini was awarded the title of Scotland’s Eco Car of the Year 2010 while at the other end of the scale, the sporty Leon Cupra R was won the Sporting category at the same awards.
The Seat Leon was one of only two cars to pick up two awards, which were chosen by members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW).
John Murdoch, President of the ASMW, said: ‘The Sporting category is always a crowded one and causes much debate among ASMW members. With so many great roads north of the border, champions are inevitably ones that have been tested to the limits.
‘In various forms our winner is already a familiar sight on Scottish roads but, in the new flagship Cupra R guise, we believe it is the most thrilling and value for money hot hatch on sale today.'
The Seat Leon Cupra R is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and is capable of 155mph. The 265PS car can reach 62mph from standing in 6.2 seconds but also offers a relatively low CO2 figure of 190g/km.
Meanwhile, the Seat Leon E Ecomotive, so named because it is the most efficient in the Leon range, delivers CO2 emissions of just 99g/km and fuel consumption of 74.3mpg.
Murdoch said: ‘As well as being a great car to drive, our winner's approach to maximising economy is applauded by our members. There is no complicated technology or heavy battery packs, just an efficient diesel engine and a variety of aerodynamic and mechanical tweaks.’