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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
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PROS

Striking styling, sharp handling, sporty image, available with a TDI engine

CONS

Stiff suspension can be uncomfortable, pre-2009 diesel is frugal but noisy

Verdict

The Leon FR is the stepping stone between the standard Leon range and the performance Cupra version. It's available with two excellent engines - a 2.0 T FSI that's identical to the one in the 2005 Volkswagen Golf GTI and a 2.0 TDI with 170bhp. This diesel FR is actually the most popular model in the entire Leon range and it offers a great blend of punchy in-gear performance and economy of more than 47mpg.

Whichever engine you choose, the FR is hugely enjoyable to drive with responsive steering and great cornering ability. The one downside is a very firm ride which can crash over bumps and struggles on rough roads. In 2009 the FR was revised (along with the rest of the Leon range) and both engines were upgraded while the interior was given a more upmarket feel.

Crucially, ride comfort was also dramatically improved. In September 2011 SEAT widened the FR range with the introduction of lower-powered petrol and diesel engines while the more powerful options became designated as FR+ models.

What owners say about this car

Ignore whoever said this car is a 2005 Golf GTI (i.e. EA113 engines @197bhp)! No, this is a 2009 EA888... Read owner review

Bought my 60 plate car last week...the spec on it was amazing...on the 350 mile journey back home the car... Read owner review

My '59 plate seat is the perfect drivers motor. The driving position is first class. Its comfy and the performance... Read owner review

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