The Seat Leon was introduced in 1999 as a rival to cars like the VW Golf and Audi A3 (with which it shared many components - it was based on a VW platform). The latest model, which entered production in 2005, is based on the MK5 VW Golf, but shares its distinctive design language with Seat's Altea MPV. It handles as well as you'd expect considering its German mechanicals, and it rides superbly. Seat's "performance" models are well known for being a bit bonkers, and the Leon hasn't been forgotten. The first Leon was available with four-wheel drive and a VR6 engine with a little over 200bhp, the latest Leon manages 280bhp from its turbocharged four.