Seat Exeo 2.0 TDI SE first drive Review | Autocar

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Seat Exeo

2.0 TDI SE

What is it?

the new Seat Exeo, which is the previous-generation Audi A4.

The speed at the Exeo has been created the 2004 Audi A4 is reflected in its make-up – the whole A4 line was lifted from and re-installed in Spain.

Aside the new bonnet and boot lid, the and rear light clusters are as are the bumpers and wheel designs.

Seat-sourced mirrors are now fitted to the skin and the rear number is mounted in the rear bumper than the boot lid.

it’s pure Audi aside from the steering centre boss and the grilles the speakers. The bolstered seats get new materials, but otherwise, it’s the beautifully restrained and solidly old-school Audi cabin.

a pretty sophisticated chassis – four-link front suspension under the skin. But its main is also the reason why Audi this chassis: the longitudinally engine is mounted ahead of the wheels.

The Spanish claim that 30 percent of the Exeo’s components been ‘changed or adapted’, fitting a new-generation common-rail engine in 143 and 170hp forms.

The suspension (modified springs, and anti-roll bars) comes in standard and Sport settings and the for the Servotronic power steering has re-written.

What’s it like?

It’s a nice place to certainly. And there’s much factor attached to sitting in a premium cockpit.

On the road, and at no more than a brisk the Exeo does seem to more spring in its step its leaden Audi forebear.

Our diesel was running on ‘comfort’ (which seemed to live up to its In quickish bends, healthy built up giving the driver to work against when into a corner.

The steering seemed to have a stronger which also helps the car a more quick-witted feel in

But Seat engineers, like will have struggled to the nose-heaviness inherent to the longitudinal layout.

In the Sport-suspended 200bhp 2.0 TSI petrol version – and driving quickly – the car lost on long-wave undulations.

In very bends, the Exeo Sport be pointed with reasonable but the feel at the wheel rim is rather and indistinct.

However, the new 170hp diesel is refined and very punchy. overtaking pace is impressive and is undoubtedly the choice engine in the

And the Exeo’s standard of construction was There’s little evidence of cutting in the interior materials.

I buy one?

With prices set £17 and £20k, the finalised production could make a case for in a Seat-defined slot between the Insignia and ‘sub premium’ and Accord.

This is an intriguing car of premium construction with impressive mile-munching ability. A diesel Exeo ST estate set to be a tempting proposition.

In any case, don’t dismiss the project. With the car industry set for greater integration, this of re-cycling of high-quality platforms become far more common, if not so

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