THE TRADITIONAL family car is a dying breed. With the explosion in popularity of sport utility vehicles, there’s more demand for ‘soft roaders’ these days. And if you don’t want a bold, brash-looking conventional 4x4, there’s now a growing number of ‘crossovers’ to choose from, too.
And where does this leave the once dependable family estate car? Most people have switched to SUVs, but if you want the best of both worlds - elevated ride height and decent load carrying potential - there’s a growing niche of crossover estates. The most familiar will be Audi’s long-running Allroad sub-brand, but others are muscling in at more affordable prices.
While Skoda and Volkswagen are obvious alternatives, Seat is now entering the fray with its Leon X-Perience model - the Spanish firm’s latest attempt at a c...