New SEAT Leon Scores Euro NCAP Five-Star Rating
The new SEAT Leon has been awarded a EURO NCAP five-star rating, one of the first vehicles to do so under the latest, stricter test standards. This maximum star rating is thanks to SEAT’s commitment to safety and the work completed during the Leon’s development to create one of the safest vehicles on the market.
The combustion (petrol and diesel) and plug-in hybrid variants were both tested, scoring highly in all areas: Adult Occcupant 92%, Child Occupant 88%, Vulnerable Road User 71% and Safety Assist 80%. Seven airbags are fitted as standard in the new SEAT Leon, including a new front-central airbag that prevents possible head contact between the driver and front passenger in the event of a side collision. New systems also include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Side and Exit Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Traffic Jam Assist, Light Assist and Pre-Crash Assist.
The Pre-Crash Assist can detect when a collision is about to happen, reacting in as little as 0.2 seconds. Seatbelts will pre-tense, hazard lights will flash and side windows and sun roof will close to ensure passenger protection.
“We’re extremely proud that the new SEAT Leon achieved Euro NCAP’s top rating across all its different variants – five-door and Estate body types, combustion engine and PHEV powertrains. This is a reflection of the emphasis we place on safety, and our openness to integrating the latest technologies, whether active or passive, to achieve this goal.”
- Dr Werner Tietz, SEAT Vice-President for Research and Development
Euro NCAP re-evaluates its testing practices every two years and the latest tests are the most strict and thorough to date. For the first time, the test evaluates far-side impact protection and further emphasis has been placed on the latest generation of active safety systems. SEAT is committed to developing its vehicles to excel during these tests, no matter how strict regulations become.
Find out more about the new SEAT Leon or contact your local Caffyns SEAT dealership today.