What is it?
This is the new Seat Leon FR. Though the facelift is barely noticeable on the outside, the changes under the skin are much more significant.
A new turbocharged 2.0-litre engine provides 208bhp and 207lb ft of torque, while improving on the economy and emissions of the 197bhp engine in the previous Seat Leon FR.
The chassis in the Leon FR has also been tweaked and now has 20 per cent softer springs, a 15 per cent softer front anti-roll bar and a 7mm lower ride height.
Seat has also introduced a kind of electronic limited-slip differential, similar to the systems used in the Alfa Romeo Mito and the new Golf GTI. XDS works together with the ESP (now standard across the range), and uses electronics to brake either of the driven wheels if it loses traction, while diverting the engine’s torque to the other driven wheel, giving a similar effect to a mechanical limited-slip differential.
A number of changes to the interior include a new steering wheel and a more modern-looking dash with a five-inch touch screen.
What’s it like?
We tested the six-speed manual Seat Leon FR and found it faster and sharper to drive than the pre-facelift model.