Review: Seat Exeo – Reading Post

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Review: Seat Exeo

new ground, altering perceptions, is in any retail business, but maybe so in motoring.

Skoda is the classic … how long has it taken the public to embrace their well-engineered, driveable cars?

Each tends to occupy a niche in our and SEAT is no exception.

Twenty or so ago, the model range to consist of their own take on Fiats, but under the Volkswagen guiding hand the company has its range, winning many new along the way.

Most will now think of the company as a of family hatchbacks with a innovative spirit, leaning serious performance with the Cupra … a touch of “auto indeed.

But a producer of exec-mobiles? Not really.

So, the Seat Exeo, to plough a new for the Spanish manufacturer – a car line up in the executive market, typified by the BMW and Audi A4.

Mention of the latter car is as this car will look from some angles. New and rear end styling gives the its own identity but the bodyshell is from the A4, no bad thing.

Exterior design is important to SEAT.

Their latest line-up of cars has a truly distictive and much of this continues in the

There’s a balance of elegance and with the front of the car having the company calls “arrow

The double headlights stretch the side of the body and the radiator with the prominent marque forms a downward sloping hence the arrow.

Sporty is emphasised in a front skirt air vents and fog lights, while the light clusters and bumper that theme along a twin-tailpipe exhaust.

But the inside is the more remarkable.

Slip into the driver’s and the amount of kit surrounding you is phenomenal.

We the Exeo 2.0 TDi SE Lux for a week and seemed to be finding new buttons to press at the end of the period. Of course, many cars come fully-loaded, but you find the Exeo’s level of anywhere else for the price … of that later.

Suffice to say standard gear on our model acoustic (sound deadening) dark tinted rear glass, electrically heated and door mirrors, auto-dimming view mirror, rear sensors, tyre pressure headlight washers, rain for automatic wipers and light for auto headlamps, steering audio and phone controls. The goes on and on.

The hi-tech kit is augmented by good leather upholstery and leather-bound wheel and and gear-knob.

So far, so

But is it a case of handsome is as handsome would the driving experience up to all the fancy interior surroundings?

The uses the new generation of VW engines and our four-cylinder turbo diesel disappoint (there’s a 170bhp and a 197bhp turbo petrol, with plenty of low-down that made safe a doddle.

The engine was a bit rumbly on start-up but settled down sound-wise underway.

The six speed manual has well-spaced ratios, the clutch is and the brakes progressive and confidence-inspiring.

The car taut on the road, with responsive handling.

Our driving included the commuter crawl, tootling around town and the odd gallop, and the Exeo proved an partner in all those conditions.

models in the starter-exec line-up give you a similar, or maybe better, level of motoring but the Exeo surely beats the hands down when it to value for money.

Our test car came with a tag of under £20,500, and the range, a well-equipped base model, the S, at £18,240.

Shifting perceptions? vfm-laden Exeo should do that.

Make/model: Seat 2.0 TDi CR SE Lux.

Technical: 1968cc turbo diesel engine; six manual gearbox.

Performance: 9.2 secs; top speed, 133mph.

51.4mpg(combined).

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