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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
SEAT Leon FR (06-12) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £18,090 - £23,585
Used price £1,010 - £7,665
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £130 - £315
Insurance group 16 - 32 How much is it to insure?


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


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

SEAT Leon FR rivals

Written by David Ross on

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.

SEAT Leon FR rivals

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