Our cars: Seat Exeo ST 2.0 TDI 143 SE - August
When you're in the market to buy an estate, it’s tempting to let the boot’s capacity be the deciding factor – but how much space do you really need to carry around a family of four?
The Exeo ST has 442 litres of boot space with the rear seats up, or 1354 with them down, so it isn’t the largest estate on the market, but it’s proving more than big enough for my wife, two children and me on week-long breaks.
Sure, it’s packed to the roof on these trips, but there are practical benefits to buying a car that’s only as big as you actually need. For instance, the Exeo ST’s compact dimensions mean it’s easy to park or thread down a country lane.
Its impressive fuel economy (57.6mpg according to the official figures, 45mpg in reality) also owes something to the car’s size. What’s more, given that my Exeo spends 90% of its time empty, it’s nice to know I’m not carrying around space that I rarely use.
In fact, the car’s relatively compact size has caused only one significant problem so far: if there’s a Group 0 or 1 child seat behind me, I find it impossible to get comfortable behind the wheel, but then I am 6ft 5in tall.
It’s worth a prospective buyer taking a child seat with them on the test drive, just to be sure.