The FR commands a premium of between £2810 and £2920 over the equivalent SE model, and adds standard 18in or optional 19in alloys, redesigned bumpers, body-coloured wheel arches and side skirts with aluminium trim and a contrasting black spoiler on the outside and aluminium door strips, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a gloss black insert, Alcantara trim on the seats or optional leather and red stitching on the inside.
It's available with three engine setups; the 1.4-litre TSI, 2.0-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI, with the 2.0-litre TSI only available with a DSG gearbox, and a choice between manual and DSG for the others. 1.4-litre manual setup is the cheapest, at £24,960, and 2.0-litre TDI 4Drive DSG is the most expensive, with a £30,930 price tag. It closely matches the top-spec Nissan Qashqai Tekna, which by comparison, starts at £25,085 and maxes out at $30,235.
Like other Seat FR models, the Ateca FR adds aggression to the car’s design and could share some body parts with the Cupra, which is expected to use the 2.0-litre petrol engine used in the 286bhp Leon Cupra to produce as much as 300bhp.
The FR comes with a choice of turbocharged petrol and diesel units with power outputs of between 148bhp and 187bhp, mated to manual or DSG-auto gearboxes. FR models also get optional all-wheel drive with the diesel engines and most potent petrol. Dynamic Chassis Control and variable steering is also available.