FR Plus model is stepping into the Cupra’s hot Seat

SEAT has revised its range of performance Leon cars by replacing the Cupra model with a new FR+.

One in four Leons sold last year was in FR trim, so this move aims to capitalise on that popularity.

The range-topping Cupra R model is here to stay, though, with extra kit and a £10 price reduction for 61-plate models.

The new performance Leon range starts with the FR, which will be available with either a 123bhp turbocharged 1.4 petrol engine or a 138bhp diesel, the latter of which can be ordered with a twin-clutch paddle-operated DSG gearbox.

These models are designed to appeal to buyers who might be limited by insurance or cost limitations.

A step up is the new, more aggressive FR+ model, which houses either a 208bhp petrol powerplant or a 167bhp diesel one.

Over and above FR spec it adds special 18-inch alloy wheels, Seat’s latest satnav system, bi-xenon headlights and front parking sensors. The FR already has a set across the rear.

The combined value of these extras comes to £2,465 at the manufacturer’s recommended retail prices, but the premium for all this on the FR+ is only £1,070.

The FR range starts at £18,205 on the road, while the most expensive FR+ model before adding any further options is £22,615.

While the popularity of the FR trim level relative to the base Cupra has seen the Cupra dropped from the line-up altogether, more than £1,600 of extras have been added to the Cupra R.

On top of that, the price has fallen by £10. The 262bhp petrol-powered Cupra R will get the same satnav as the FR+, LED rear light clusters, Bluetooth connectivity and bi-xenon headlights as standard, for £25,995 on the road.