The new Seat Leon e-Hybrid has gone on sale in Ireland and is available now from €35,740.
The first PHEV (plug-in hybrid vehicle) to be offered by Seat, the Leon e-Hybrid is capable of an all-electric range of up to 64km and working with the petrol engine, there is a range of around 800km, according to the brand.
Seat says the car’s battery can charge in just three hours and 40 minutes from a 3.6 kWh Wallbox.
The Leon e-Hybrid employs a 13kW battery, combined with the 150PS 1.4 TSI engine to offer a 0-100km/h sprint of just 7.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 220km/h, Seat adds. Yet CO2 emissions remain at or below 30g/km in all versions and the WLTP fuel economy figure is just 1.3 l/100km, the brand tells us.
There are two body styles of the e-Hybrid on sale, the traditional five-door hatchback and the Sportstourer Estate. These are offered in four high-specification trim level – ‘Xcellence’, ‘Xcellence Plus’, ‘FR’ and ‘FR Plus’.
Xcellence has items such as 17 inch dynamic alloy wheels, keyless entry & start, three-zone air conditioning, 8.25 inch touch screen infotainment, full digital cockpit and wireless phone charging.
With the Xcellence Plus option, Seat says this adds larger wheels (18” Machined), front and rear park distance Ccontrol, park assist self parking, predictive adaptive cruise control, a larger 10 inch infotainment system with navigation, voice control, a winter pack (heated seats and steering wheel), traffic sign recognition as well as side assist and exit assist.
For those who prefer their Leon e-Hybrid to look and feel sportier, Seat says the FR model does just that with 18 inch machined alloy wheels and FR styling as well as driver profile selection, with the FR Plus model adding the larger 10 inch touch screen infotainment, electric driver seat and a winter Pack.
The Leon e-Hybrid starts from €35,740 on the road for the Xcellence five-door hatch and €37,225 for the Xcellence Sportstourer, but this drops to €30,740 and €32,225 respectively for private customers who can benefit from the SEAI grant of €5,000.
FR models start from €35,740 for the five-door hatch and €37,225 for the Sportstourer. These drop to €30,740 and €32,225 respectively for private customers that can avail of the government grant.