The Seat Exeo is a restyled version of the previous generation Audi A4. So while it may not represent the latest in engineering development, it is essentially Audi quality on a budget.
But is the Exeo cheap enough to enable Seat to crack the notoriously picky – and shrinking – Mondeo-sized D segment?
Well, the Exeo is priced from £17,740. Our initial reaction is that this is too much – it’s over £2,000 more than an entry-level petrol-powered or .
Seat Exeo engines
However, with one exception all Seat Exeos come with the latest 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine from the Volkswagen Group. Featuring common rail injection technology, and available with 138bhp or 168bhp, these engines are fast and economical. A combined fuel economy of 51.4mpg is possible (according to official figures), with CO2 emissions as low as 143g/km.
The Seat Exeo is also generously equipped. There are four trim levels – S, SE, Sport, and SE Lux. Every version gets dual-zone climate control, alloys, and USB connectivity amongst the standard kit. SE additions include rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, and auto dimming rearview mirror. SE Lux features full leather.
Sport versions of the Exeo get sports suspension, sports seats, and larger 18-inch alloys. This specification is also available with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, representing the performance flagship of the range at £19,410.
Options available on the Exeo include DVD sat nav, double-glazed windows, and a ‘hi-tech solar sunroof’. Read the Which? guide to car options to see the extras that add value when it comes to selling your car.
The Seat Exeo arrives in the UK this spring.
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