Seat Leon X-Perience

Posted on: 4th August, 2015

Category: Car Reviews

Contributor: Sean Creedon

A week after driving the massive Ford Mondeo Estate, I moved on to another Estate, the smaller but classy-looking Seat Leon X-Perience. My test model came in a lovely shade of brown and with two roof rails it certainly looked the part.

Seat has benefitted hugely from being part of the VW group and it now has a huge production and research headquarters in Martorell, near Barcelona where production is now at 100 per cent. At Martorell, some of the latest technologies in use for other brands in the group like VW and Audi can be availed of. Nowadays when a customer buys a new Seat they know that they are getting cars with a huge VW influence.

The Leon X-Perience is Seat’s first 4×4 car and it’s based on the ST Estate. It was launched at the Brooklodge Hotel in County Wicklow earlier this year where drivers were able to test it on the hilly countryside around Brooklodge.

This is new territory for Seat and now for the first time if you buy a Seat Ibiza and stay with the brand and work your way up. Next year Seat will introduce its first-ever SUV.

Although the X-Perience is based on the estate version of the ST, there are subtle changes. There are new front and rear bumpers and new 17-inch alloys and a bit more ground clearance than the ST. The steering wheel is slightly larger and the interior is very well finished with orange-stitching on the two-tone seats. A full-length sun roof, with retractable screen over your head, makes the interior brighter and classier looking.

The radio controls are very clear and well marked and you will know straight away that you are driving a Seat. There is ample room for five well-built adults and you get an old-style handbrake, which is always comforting. Naturally the boot is massive and you get a ‘mini’ spare wheel.

It’s a very comfortable motor to drive and has a really spacious feel to it. The car performed very well in the off-road track in the Wicklow mountains and on the motorways for me last week.

Prices start at €32,495 for the 2.0-litre, while the DSG four-wheel drive version I drove will cost you €35,495. A more affordable 1.6-litre version will be available in time for the 152 registrations next month and it’s expected to be priced under 30K.

Like most car manufacturers Seat is big into PCP and you can get the 2.0-litre for €339 per month. Finance is available from its own VW bank.

It’s a powerful motor and has a towing capacity of up to 2,000kg. A tow bar can be installed for €560 plus VAT and Seat advises owners not to use non-Seat extras, as they can interfere with the technology of the car.

Seat says the average age of its Leon driver is a 46-year-old male. But Neil Phillips, Brand Director for Seat Ireland says perceptions are changing. Niall is confident that the X-Perience will attract many more new customers to the brand.

Some car companies seem to concentrate mainly on sales and marketing and neglect the service offers. Now Seat is bucking the trend and paying much more attention to after sales. It has introduced fixed service charges; €245 for a full service and €129 for a mini service and has other reward schemes to ensure you service your car at regular intervals.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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