Martorell, July 2014. The most versatile SEAT Leon is now on the scene. With the addition of the ST 4Drive versions, the Spanish maker’s successful range now extends its offer with new models equipped with all-wheel drive. The new Leon ST 4Drive features a modern, electronically controlled Haldex coupling system that provides maximum grip on even the most unforgiving road surfaces. When you add this to the well-established sportiness, functionality, performance and efficiency the Leon ST is known for, the result is a true champion of versatility.

This is not the first time that a SEAT Leon features all-wheel drive capability. Back in 1999, the 1.8 20VT 4 Leon variant combined excellent performance with the added benefit of all-wheel traction. Nowadays, the most versatile ST versions of the new Leon range are equipped with the fifth generation Haldex system. It employs a hydraulic actuator and an integrated electronic control unit that is fast-acting in all driving situations for added active safety and dynamics. Also important is that it works in tandem with the XDS self-locking differential, which enhances traction and handling around bends, giving the new Leon ST 4Drive superior grip in all kinds of driving conditions.

The four-wheel traction featured on the Leon ST 4Drive is part of the powertrain linked to two, six-speed manual TDI engines that develop 105 and 150 PS output. Both engines combine outstanding performance with astonishing efficiency. The 105 PS 1.6 TDI consumes an average of only 4.5 litres for every 100 kilometres with emissions of 119 g/km. It reaches a top speed of 187 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 12 seconds. On the other hand, average fuel consumption on the 2.0 TDI engine is only 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres with emissions of 124 g/km. These figures underscore the efficiency of an all-wheel drive car that delivers exceptional performance, as it accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in only 8.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 211 km/h.

Alongside the latest-generation TDI engines and all-wheel drive with intelligent, electronic control, the Leon ST 4Drive boasts a wide array of modern technologies that include the four-wheel EDS dynamic control system, XDS front and rear-axle transverse lock, the ESC electronic stability programme and the multi-collision brake for maximum safety. Further optional hi-tech features include full-LED headlamps, ACC adaptive cruise control with city emergency brake function, drowsiness detection and the Heading Control lane-keeping assistant.

The addition of an all-wheel drive powertrain does not reduce in any way the qualities and functionality of the SEAT Leon ST, and does not even affect the tremendous load capacity of the cargo space, which remains at 587 litres that extends to 1,470 litres with the rear seats folded. On some versions the front passenger seat-back can also be folded, increasing the loading length to up to 2.67 metres.

Furthermore, the new SEAT Leon ST 4Drive is also appointed with the same high level of equipment and infotainment capabilities as the rest of the range. The version powered with the 1.6 TDI engine is available with Style trim while the 2.0 TDI is available with both Style and FR equipment lines.