SEAT has unveiled the all-new Leon ST estate. SEAT says the new Leon ST "demonstrates that thrilling sporting character and exceptional everyday usability do not have to be mutually exclusive".

The third member of the Leon family combines the design and handling qualities of its siblings with a greater amount of practicality.

The estate car measures 4,535mm long - 264 mm longer than the five-door Leon.

It has a load capacity of 587 litres, rising to 1,470 litres with the rear seat backrests folded.

ST's twin-level boot floor makes loading bulky items easier; the rear seats can be folded flat using handles on the sidewalls of the boot.

"Nobody has to choose between sporty and practical anymore - the new Leon ST offers both," said Jürgen Stackmann, President and CEO of SEAT SA.

"With its sporty look, its surprisingly high utility and its state-of-the-art technology, the Leon ST defines a new standard in the compact estate car class - at a very fair price.

"Like the already highly successful Leon and Leon SC, the new ST is the perfect representative of SEAT's brand values," he added.