In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained by the protective shells of their restraints, minimising the risk of head contact with parts of the car's interior. The Leon scored maximum points based on readings from the child dummies in the dynamic tests. In the frontal impact, forward movement of the head of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive. Seat showed that a similar level of protection would be available to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. Entry-level models get steel wheels with cheap looking plastic trims, while S Emocion versions upwards benefit from alloy items.
It's good value too, however some of the interior plastics feel a little cheap and the older diesel engines, especially the 1. The steering is accurate, the gearchange is slick and road-holding is very good. A recent facelift has done little to reduce the visual impact of the rakish Leon. The Ecomotive version, with its 1. Accordingly, the star rating applies also to the X-Perience. All of the engine range impresses, spanning from the small and economical to the very quick indeed.
The Leon scored maximum points in the side barrier test, with good protection of all body regions. . Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the front seat passengers. The Leon does offer ample rear leg and headroom, though. There is a standard-fit seatbelt reminder on the driver and front passenger seats. The thick steering wheel has a small circumference and the pedals feel weighty without being difficult to push.
The dangers of using a rearward-facing restraint in that seating positions without first disabling the airbag is clearly and permanently indicated. In the more severe side pole impact, protection of the chest and abdomen was adequate and that of the head and pelvis was good. The passenger compartment of the Leon remained stable in the frontal impact. Safety features are good, with front, curtain and side airbags standard, as well as electronic stability control. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing restraint to be used in the front passenger seat. It picks up all the lumps and bumps of the road and jiggles the cabin.
The spread of engines means economy varies widely, although all cars are frugal relative to their performance. A shallow windscreen and thick pillars hinder visibility as well. Take the chassis of the , add sporty Spanish styling, lower the price and you have the. The sporty styling is reflected in the handling - the Leon is sharp, precise and great fun to drive - even with the more modest powerplants. Be wary of lower-powered engines, which need to be worked harder, so could return poorer economy than the quoted figures.
Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end impact. . . .
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