New SEAT Leon FR hot hatch

Tom Mallett
9 Aug 2011

The SEAT Leon FR hot hatchback line up expands with more affordable models revealed

SEAT has expanded the range of engines available for Leon FR customers in time for the September’s new UK registration plate.
The standard Leon FR now comes with either a 123bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine (£18,205) or 138bhp 2-litre TDI diesel engine (£20,245). The move comes as SEAT looks to broaden the appeal of its sportier models to cost conscious drivers. The TSI will come with a six-speed manual gearbox while TDI buyers will have the option of a DSG automatic (£1275).
Both cars get FR branded sports seats and steering wheel as standard, alongside twin chrome exhaust pipes, rear parking sensors and automatic headlights.
The FR+ now sits above the standard FR, again coming with petrol or diesel options, a 208bhp 2-litre TSI (£21,600) and 168bhp 2-litre TDI (£21,440) respectively, both engines available with standard manual and optional DSG gearboxes.
The models will be discernable from standard FRs by a set of 18in ‘Ibera’ alloy wheels. Other equipment includes an upgraded media system (with a 5in screen, sat-nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth), bi-xenon headlights and front parking sensors.
The Leon Cupra R has also had a very minor refresh, with SEAT’s media system 2.2, Bluetooth, Bi-Xenon headlights and LED rear lights added to the standard equipment list with no rise in price, Renaultsport Megane 250 rival priced from £25,995.

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