Cupra Formentor V2 e-Hybrid 204

First Report It might just be the end of an era for me, because I may well have run my last diesel-powered long-termer. For me that’s a rather depressing thought, as I’m convinced that diesel engines are still the most suitable form of motive power for me, along with huge numbers of other high-mileage drivers […]

SEAT Leon SE DYNAMIC 2.0 TDI

Report Six In 1992, I bought a 1969 Triumph Vitesse which I still own. It’s a wonderfully analogue car with its smooth naturally aspirated straight-six petrol engine, its four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, its unassisted brakes and steering, along with the keep-fit windows and manual adjustment for everything. My ancient Triumph is a world away […]

SEAT Leon SE DYNAMIC 2.0 TDI

Report Five A thousand years ago, when I was learning to drive in a Vauxhall Nova, my instructor impressed upon me the importance of keeping the engine within its power band. No need to over-rev it, but don’t let the engine labour or the revs drop, because you never know when you’ll need that burst […]

SEAT Leon SE DYNAMIC 2.0 TDI

Report four In my last report, I mentioned that the Leon’s tyre pressure monitoring system was flashing up seemingly erroneous warnings, after the nearside rear Bridgestone was punctured and then subsequently repaired. That problem has now gone away, but just as that glitch disappeared, a new one cropped up: an error message on the dashboard […]

SEAT Leon SE Dynamic 2.0 TDI

Third Report Two months in with our long-term Leon and I’m really starting to get to grips with it. It still seems a bit weird having such a low-specification car on the press fleet; we’re so used to having something packed with all of the bells and whistles that our optionless SE Dynamic edition is […]