For The Seat Exeo offers a compact executive experience for family car money. It's also loaded with luxury and safety kit, and the engines are strong.
Against The ride and handling could be better, many rivals are more spacious, and refinement is poor.
The Seat Exeo is based on the previous-generation Audi A4, so it’s not in the first flush of youth. It's a high-quality car for the money, though.
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Seat offers the Exeo with four engines, but it's hard to look past the strong, economical and attractively priced 141bhp diesel.
The 168bhp diesel is even gutsier and almost as easy on fuel, but starting prices are much higher – the 141bhp unit can be combined with a number of Exeo trims, whereas the 168bhp engine is available with the top two only. There's also a 118bhp diesel.
A smooth and punchy 2.0-litre petrol engine rounds off the range, but is available only with Sport trim, which brings stiffer suspension. We prefer the more forgiving set-up that other trims get, but some will like the Sport's superior body control.
I have had the car for one year today, it has been faultless, great performance and economy. It is extreemly well equipt, and has everything you would…
9 months and 25,000 miles of ownership so far. Only problem has been a dribbling headlight washer when parked. The suspension seemed hard at first…
This is the most basic model with this engine, but what more do you need? For what it is, it's cheap to buy and run, and a high-quality car for the money.