• May 26, 2006
Autoblog Spanish has full coverage of the debut of SEAT's new competitor in the hot hatch wars, the Leon FR, courtesy of our man in Madrid, Alberto Ballestin. We're posting a few of his live shots here, the full set of pics is online here.

According to What Car? Volkswagen's Spanish subsidiary is pricing its 197 hp FR at $31,910 USD, about $5,630 less than VW's GTI, which uses the same TFSI 2-liter engine.

SEAT announced that an even hotter 240 hp version of the Leon, the Cupra, will debut in July at the British Motor Show.

More photos after the jump!

[Sources: Autoblog Spanish, What Car?]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Zoom zoom zoom...
      • 8 Years Ago
      32k for this? I mean, I like the design but it seems a bit high doesn't it???
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yup Fred of course its true a lot of the EU is not on the euro (yet, or by choice), but Spain is. But I assume you get my point.
      • 8 Years Ago
      CJ,
      How about we use the common measure of Ass. In which case the interior of that car looks like a ton of Ass (in either europe or the US)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shouldn't they call it the SEAT Leon FF?

      I mean, it's basically yet-another-entry into the "ridiculously overpowered FWD compact" market alongside the Corolla XRs, Caliber SRT-4, Mazdaspeed3, Civic Si, GTI, Cobalt/Ion Redline, and base A3... It's like all these companies took a look at Mitsubishi and Subaru and thought people wouldn't notice that their feat-of-engineering compacts had AWD in addition to gussied-up four-cylinders.

      I guess at this point I feel like I should sit back and wait for the Fit Si, Yaris xRS, Polo GTi, and Swift GTi which will be even lighter and cheaper...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bring them here!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually CJ, not everyone in Europe earns and purchases in Euros. And if they're quoting directly from WhatCar? then the price should be in pounds stirling, as quoted on the website.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Interior is a bit drab yes, but imo the exterior looks great.

      So.. Golf GTI underpinnings, Golf GTI engine, looks better than the Golf GTI, and it's cheaper.

      Gimme.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Slightly bigger rims and its a killer.
      lol @ #11
      • 8 Years Ago
      After checking following URL I have to ask myself whether there will be a single person who would actually buy the Leon.
      http://www.deutsche-neufahrzeuge-24.de/liste-%3Cb%3Efocus-%3C-b%3Est-%28deutschland%29_frei%20konfigurierbare%20_2892_st--5-t%C3%BCrer.php
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hernan:

      Still does not work, unless you set the metric standard KiloAss
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish you bloggers would do us a favor and stop quoting vehicle prices in USD. This car is sold primarily in europe and will be sold in Euros. People who live in the euro zone earn euros - so relate it to what they earn. This car would not be sold in the US for $32,000. Please stop. Thanks
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