What is SEAT FR trim? Is it worth it?

April 26, 2022 by

If you’re looking to buy a new SEAT, you’ll probably have seen the FR trim level on the specifications list, but what exactly is FR and what does it get you? This handy guide will explain all.

FR is basically a sporty trim level for those who want the aggressive looks of a Cupra, but also want the economy and low running costs of a normal SEAT model.

SEAT FR meaning

FR stands for Formula Racing. The production of performance models has now been handed over to the Cupra sub-brand, however FR-trim SEATs offer similar sporty looks 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 do you get with the SEAT FR trim?

SEAT FR models are offered with a host of visual upgrades, both inside and out, to make it stand out.

Interior features

FR trim will usually get you a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, FR sports seats and some unique trim on the dashboard and doors. You may also get some FR metallic kick plates, depending on which model you go for, as well as metal sports pedals.

Exterior features

You can tell an FR apart from a standard SEAT model by the larger alloy wheels, deeper front and rear bumpers and unique colour schemes. Some models may also get side skirts and a subtle boot spoiler.

SEAT FR models

All SEAT models are available in FR trim, from the dinky Ibiza supermini to the seven-seat Tarraco SUV. The top pick of FR models can be seen below:

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

The SEAT Ibiza is a great supermini for those who would like a Volkswagen Polo, but want a bit more flair. It also drives well, managing to be both comfortable and fun, as well as getting a nice cabin. You’ll want to avoid the entry level 1.0-litre petrol engine though, as it can be a bit noisy.


On the Leon, FR trim adds…

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Exclusive FR bumpers and tailpipes
  • Full FR sports interior with specific detailing
  • Sports suspension
  • LED taillights
  • Steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles

The SEAT Leon is a spacious family hatchback which is well equipped as standard and great value for money. It may not be as high quality as it’s stablemate, the Volkswagen Golf, however you can forgive it this as it’s a lot cheaper.

SEAT Ateca

On the Ateca, FR Trim adds..

  • LED headlights
  • Exclusive FR bumpers
  • Full FR Sports interior with specific detailing
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Metallic sports pedals

If it’s a sporty looking SUV you’re after, check out the SEAT Ateca. It’s plenty spacious enough for family life, is available with a great range of engines and is pretty fun to drive for an SUV. It could be more comfortable, and the interior is a little on the bland side, but at least it’s packed with technology for a reasonable price.

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.

You should buy the FR trim if:

  • You want your car to stand out
  • You want to maintain the low running costs of the standard car
  • You want you car to hold its value

You shouldn’t buy the FR trim if:

  • You want to save money
  • You aren’t bothered about the sporty looks
  • You want to save money on your insurance

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