Seat’s four-door executive saloon the Exeo, may have all the hallmarks of a re-badged previous generation Audi A4, but that’s no bad thing. The B7 generation Audi A4 was an admirable car, and using this platform combined with up to date economical engines results in a top quality car at a competitive price. Apart from re-designed front and rear bumpers and slightly different head and tail lights, there’s little to tell the two cars apart. Sit inside the Exeo and the similarities continue, thanks to this close correlation, the Exeo has a well laid out interior with quality switch gear and controls.
Seat has priced the Exeo extremely competitively, with prices starting from just €24,825 for the 2.0 TDI Reference SE model. Customers can choose between two levels of trim Reference and Style. Items such as ESP, climate control and Bluetooth connectivity are fitted to the Reference pack. The Style version receives rain sensing wipers, auto lights and tyre pressure monitors amongst others. My test car was the 2.0 TDI CR Reference Special Edition. This model comes extremely well equipped, in addition to the reference level of standard specification, you also receive 16” Dante Alloy wheels, a Front Armrest, a multifunction steering wheel and cruise control.
The Exeo is a stable car on the road and offers a refined driving experience. The 120hp 2.0l diesel engine works well mated to a manual gearbox, it’s got plenty of torque on offer and if driven well will return a very healthy 5.2l/100km on a combined run. It’s a clean engine too, with just 136g/CO2 emitted, resulting in the Exeo being placed in tax band B with €156 annual road tax.
Seat have produced a car that’s both practical and economical, thanks to its strategic pricing it should produce sales during the current price sensitive market.[table “38” not found /]