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Oil in the car. Test drive Seat Leon ST

Leon ST-wagon is extremely rapid outlines. Hardly anyone dare call ponderous car or inharmonious. Brand new look - doubtless merit of design department head of the Spanish Alejandro Mezonero-Romanos.

The current design concept for the company called Seat worth very successful and reflects the real value of the Spanish. Yes, elegant body and hides under a well-known German units, but why not? These units are effective and up to date, and suspension tuning from the Volkswagen widely considered exemplary. But it is a new "seatovsky" design - the success of the brand.

Spain goes on a huge number of car brand Seat. Naturally, not all of them are the latest model years, so there is something to compare. Honestly, the old models look at least strange. Apparently, this circumstance can be used. However, judging by the number of "Seat" in Russia, our compatriots to get used to design refinements "Spaniards" is not sought. Now, the situation seems fractures stamp shows strong growth even during the crisis (+ 51% compared to January-November last year). And understandably so.

Look at this carefully sculpted body, aggressive cut headlights, underlined "reflection" protivotumanok in the front bumper, which itself is made in the same angular-sensual manner! I want to ask: "Where were you before, gentlemen designers when the brand has brought some losses?" Or it was necessary that the Koreans have shown the world how important the appearance of the car, having bought a couple of the leading European stylists? But the attractive appearance of the machine according to statistics almost always the first place to the buyer, and only then do the rest.

All logical German and Spanish stylish but light depression "folksvagenovskogo" cabin no. "Sports" adds dashboard with red, vertically oriented arrows speedometer and tachometer. Between large dials and there are panel-board computer, which can be displayed at the moment interested in the data - for example, the consumption of gasoline or even the operating temperature of the oil. If clogged route navigator, there appears a clue when and where to turn.

Seats predictably harsh. Rear seats unexpectedly high, especially considering that the wheelbase five-door hatchback and station wagon identical. Particularly pleased with the gap between the rear passenger knees and backs of the front seats. I average growth, and I'm pretty confident I feel even in the most spacious cars, but here for the average citizen simply an overabundance of space in all directions. Think bigger and people in the vehicle will not experience discomfort.

Despite the rapid appearance and cluttered roofline, Leon ST - record on the internal volume of the trunk from 587 1470 to liters. Delight and any possible transformation of the cabin. Rear sofa, naturally decomposes and completely in parts, but it is worth noting separately folding right front seat forward, allowing you to carry wagon loads of up to three meters.

If you know what Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia are, then special revelations from the "Seat" should not be expected, although there are certain nuances of course. The engines of the TSI series are well known to the domestic car enthusiast, they have very good characteristics, consume a moderate amount of fuel, but are quite demanding on its quality. The line of power units is opened by the well-known 1,2 TSI, and in the 86 l. from. option. He will not be in Russia. More powerful 1,2 TSI about 105 "horses" is known for VW Polo and Skoda Yeti and, in my opinion, for the station wagon is still rather weak. The next option is one of the most used by the concern VAG 1,4 TSI, performed by 122 and 140 horsepower. The top engine has a volume of 1,8 liters and power of 180 horsepower. He is already known to the Russians according to Leon FR. The "dry" seven-speed DSG will be available only with two motors - the basic 1.2 TSI and the top 1.8 TSI. All other modifications are on "mechanics".

Actually, much doubt about the habits of the car was not, but theory without practice is known, is dead. I could not indifferently pass by a top modifications, and even to "handle." Movement in Catalonia differs significantly from the Moscow traffic, so have never regretted my choice. In the test car did not have any frills, like adjustable suspension rigidity, setting the accelerator response and the like newfangled stuff, set up additional barriers between driver and car.

The short-stroke joystick 6-speed "mechanics" is characterized by moderate strokes of the link and a clear fixation in the transmission, but the clutch is a real "Volkswagen", with a huge working stroke, however, convenient and transparent for the driver. Sitting on the control points, squeezed the clutch, I thought - and moved a little closer, or the leg did not choose the whole course of the left pedal. For the "ring" such settings, of course, are unacceptable, but for the movement in the city itself. MKP allowed to feel the explosion of acceleration in the lower gears, when you twist the engine to cut off. "Robot" these moments all the same smoothes. Since ST is one of the lightest station wagons (in our case, the curb weight is only 1355 kg), I did not feel the driver losses associated with the body type. Not without reason ST stands for Sport Tourer.

Leon on steep mountain serpentines calligraphic correctly draws arc: when iterating with the speed goes outside, under the gas discharge is screwed into the rotation. And it's all so predictable and transparent, that every turn delivers tangible pleasure and desire podbavit Gazkom. Small banks, chairs confidently hold the body in the lateral acceleration, what else is needed? Finally checked out the car on the autobahn - Feels brutal and upon acceleration. Had a chance to try and 140-hp version with semi-beam rear - I wanted to feel the difference in the behavior of the two rear suspensions.

The difference, of course, there is, but it appears closer to the time of loss of contact wheels with asphalt due to excessive lateral accelerations, simply, to the limit. I do not think anyone in the daily operation feel a significant difference between the beam and mnogoryichazhka.

In general, everything was right: now Seat brand cars will not only accompany the mind, but also to meet on clothes. Let's see what will come out with a car in Russia. They say the market wagons in the world is growing, but we have our own mentality and its priorities. Another fine point - price. If you overreact, versatile Leon ST will marvel only motoring journalists.

Vladimir Kuzmenko
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