In recent years there's been a trend for more rugged 4x4 versions of popular cars, giving them go-anywhere ability without the need for a full-on chunky 4x4 bodystyle. Started by cars like the Volvo XC70 and Audi A4 Allroad, the Volkswagen group has recently pushed this category with the Golf and Passat Alltrack models, and is following up with the Seat Leon X-Perience.
So if you look past the slightly iffy name, what do you get? The X-Perience is based on the Leon Sport Tourer Estate, itself a great little car that's strong value for money, taking well known VW mechanicals and the MQB platform found underneath the Golf, adding 4 wheel drive and mating it up to the trusted 2.0 TDI diesel engine. Under normal conditions this sends all of its power to the front wheels, but when the car feels these starting to slip it can start sending up to 50% of power to the rears instead.
The 4 wheel drive hardware adds around 120 kilograms to the weight, knocking about 10mpg off the official fuel consumption figures of the standard Leon ST 2.0 TDI, but CO2 levels are still low for a 4WD car. The suspension is beefed up and raised 15mm to give a higher ride height which helps, but the car is never going to have the go-anywhere ability of a land rover, so it's best thought of for use up a muddy farm track or in snow & ice rather than a proper off roader.
The Leon X-Perience also gets a rugged looking bodykit with cladding around the wheelarches and on the front and rear bumpers, so if you need a competent well equipped compact estate car that does'nt break the bank, with 4 wheel drive for tricky conditions and suspension with a little more give in it that usual then this might be the car for you.
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