What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Compact executive luxury for family car money. It's also loaded with luxury and safety kit, while the engines are strong.

Against The ride and handling could be better, many rivals are more spacious, and refinement is poor.

Verdict 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.

Go for… 2.0 TDI 143 SE

Avoid… 2.0 TDI 170 Sport Tech

Seat Exeo Saloon
  • 1. The diesel engines aren't as hushed as the class best, and you feel too much vibration through the steering wheel, pedals and gearstick
  • 2. There is plenty of space up front, but the rear seats are decidedly tight on both head- and legroom
  • 3. Our favourite engine is the 141bhp diesel because it provides the best balance between performance and affordability
  • 4. Everything in the Exeo's cabin has a built-to-last feel, and the materials are nicely finished
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