What is SEAT FR trim? Is it worth it?

Buy a new car and you’ll often be presented with a perplexing choice of trims. SEAT is no exception so we’re taking a look at the company’s high-spec FR trim to break down exactly what you’re getting for your money. Check out our range of SEATs then, once you’ve picked one, our new car deals page will help you get the best deal on your new car. Want to learn more about SEAT’s fuel efficient models? Check out our guide to SEAT Ecomotive.

What is SEAT FR?

FR stands for Formula Racing and, while SEAT’s Cupra division makes its hottest models, FR offers buyers a cheaper, toned down version. FR-trim SEATs look sportier thanks to visual enhancements like bigger alloy wheels and beefier bumpers but, under the bonnet, you’ll find the same frugal, peppy engines available throughout the range.

What cars are offered with SEAT FR?

You can spec FR on all the bodystyles of the SEAT Ibiza supermini and SEAT Leon hatchback. If you’re after something bigger, it’s also available on the seven-seater SEAT Alhambra MPV. To give you an idea of what you get if you pick an FR, here’s a list of the major changes between an FR SEAT and the next trim level down.

SEAT Ibiza

In FR guise, the Ibiza comes with…

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Exclusive FR bumpers and tailpipes
  • Sports steering wheel
  • Front sports seats
  • Driver pack – including cruise control and hill hold control
  • Convenience pack – including automatic wipers and headlights and electrically foldable door mirrors
  • Sports suspension
  • Steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles if you choose an automatic model


On the Leon, FR trim adds…

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Exclusive FR bumpers and tailpipes
  • Full FR sports interior with specific detailing
  • Driver pack – see above
  • Convenience pack – see above
  • Sports suspension
  • LED taillights
  • Steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles
  • Electronic torque vectoring (XDS) – this help give the car a stable, yet dynamic drive

SEAT Alhambra

The Alhambra can be specced in FR-line which adds…

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Exterior FR decals
  • Tinted rear windows
  • FR tailpipes
  • Navigation system with rear-view camera
  • Sports-styled comfort front seats finished in Alcantara
  • Sports suspension
  • Headlight washer system

Is SEAT FR worth it?

Dependant on the engine you choose, you’ll find FR trim will cost you between £1,000 and £5,000 more than the next trim down. Although it offers no real performance advantage, the driving and convenience packs will be handy on the move and make the car more attractive when you want to sell it.

Save money on your new SEAT

Whichever trim level you go for, use our new car deals page to get the very best discount on your new SEAT. If you’re struggling to pick your next car, our car chooser will make life easier.