• Five-door ST estate joins SEAT Leon range
• 587-litre boot expands to 1470 litres
• First deliveries in January next year

These are the first pictures of the new SEAT Leon ST. This is the first time the company has created an estate version of the Leon, and the new model becomes the third member of the Leon range, alongside the existing five-door hatchback and three-door SC.

At 4.54 metres long, the ST is 27cm longer than the five-door model, and about the same length as the Ford Focus estate. With a boot capacity of 587 litres, it has more space than the Ford, although the Leon’s ultimate capacity of 1470 litres (with the rear seats folded down) is a little behind the Ford’s.

To improve its practicality, the Leon includes several features designed to make it easy to live with on a day-to-day basis: the rear seat backrests can be folded down from inside the boot; the boot has a double floor; and, the passenger seat back can be folded down to accommodate longer items.

The ST shares its engine range with the other Leons, with power outputs from 104 to 181bhp and capacities from 1.2 to 2.0 litres. All have stop/start systems, and even the 2.0-litre diesel engines average more than 65mpg.

SEAT also say that the ST will be as exciting to drive as the other models in the Leon family, and FR versions will have Adaptive Chassis Control, which allows the driver to choose between various driving modes, including ‘Sport’ and ‘Comfort’.

First deliveries of the new car will be in January next year. Prices and full specifications are yet to be confirmed, but they should be announced in September, and we expect the range to cost from just over £16,000.

By Andy Pringle

@andymoshpringle

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