Steve Fowler, Auto Express Editor-in-Chief, said: "This hat-trick of wins against such talented opposition is testament to the all-round qualities of the SEAT Leon. It's a clear winner as far as family car buyers are concerned, offering great value, bags of space, generous kit and superb quality. It knocks spots off of its rivals when it comes to looks, too - it's a seriously stylish car."
He had equally warm praise for the Leon CUPRA's winning qualities, too: "A hot hatch has to be many things, but fun is top of the agenda and the SEAT Leon CUPRA delivers that by the bucketload.
"It's brilliant on road and surprisingly capable on track, yet when it comes to its sensible side it offers family-friendly space, reasonable running costs and the sort of tech and quality you'd expect from a supercar rather than a hot hatch."
Jürgen Stackman, SEAT SA President and CEO, accepted one of the awards at the glitzy presentation ceremony in London last night. He was joined by Richard Harrison, SEAT UK Director, who said: "We're delighted that in such a fiercely competitive market, Leon remains the benchmark for others to aspire to, witnessed now by three years of success in the Auto Express New Car Awards. We've started rolling out the successful Leon formula across other models in the range, including the upcoming New Ibiza, so I'm confident there's a great chance we'll be back on the podium next year."
Leon offers excellent customer choice, available in SC (Sport Coupé three-door), five-door and ST (Sports Tourer) wagon body styles, in both standard and performance CUPRA specification, plus the ground-breaking four-wheel-drive X-PERIENCE. CUPRA 280 continues to blast open new horizons in the hot hatch market, mustering even more muscle and handling talent with the optional ‘Sub8 Performance Pack' across the range, and ‘Ultimate' version on SC.
Success in the Auto Express New Car Awards follows directly on from this year's Auto Express Driver Power survey, in which Auto Express readers and website visitors also voted Leon "best compact family car" and the model with the "best in-car tech".