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Driven: Seat Exeo ST 2.0 TDI Sport Tech

SEAT
BIK List Price
£25,005
Seat Exeo BIK list price
BIK Percentage
22%
Seat Exeo BIK Percent
CO2
148g/km
Seat Exeo CO2
Combined MPG
49.6
Seat Exeo MPG

Review

Since its launch in late-2009, Seat’s Exeo has been instrumental in increasing the manufacturer’s share of the new car sales market, which currently stands at a record 1.8%.

The saloon and estate enabled the Spanish manufacturer to offer an upper-medium model for the first time – critical for company car sales success.

It has proved to be a sound move, with the Exeo now Seat’s third best-selling model with 1,400 registrations so far this year according to the latest SMMT figures, behind Ibiza (more than 10,000) and Leon (more than 5,000).

Based on the previous generation Audi A4, the Exeo has stood the test of time well, with its exterior still looking fresh and distinctive two years after its launch.

The interior, too, remains a classy place to be, with its Audi origins obvious.

However, the Exeo’s roots are also the source of its weakest point – interior space.

Even in its prime, the previous generation A4 Avant was never the biggest estate car – more of a lifestyle statement than a serious load lugger.

And since its launch in 2005, cars have continued to grow in size - even the latest generation A4 Avant has expanded to offer 490 litres of space with the rear seats up, and 1,430 with the seats folded. This compares to the Exeo with 442 and 1,354 respectively.

Ford’s Mondeo – one of Exeo’s D-segment rivals – dwarves the Seat’s capacity with 537/1,728, while even a number of C-sector estates – such as the Volkswagen Golf estate (505/1,495) - are larger.

The Exeo ST’s cabin space can’t compete with its class-leading rivals either, but if maximum space is not the critical issue then the Exeo has a lot to offer – especially in Tech trim.

Based on the Sport, the Sport Tech offers £3,270 of equipment for a premium of £895, taking the price to £24,690.

Tech spec adds satellite navigation, iPod connection in lieu of the standard glove compartment-mounted USB port, Bose audio upgrade and black leather upholstery.

This is on top of a generous standard specification which also includes sports seats and suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and rear privacy glass.

Driver appeal
On the road the Exeo strikes a good balance of comfort and sportiness, and has a feeling of solidity which reflects its Audi roots. Its 170bhp 2.0 TDI engine is a strong performer, offering a 0-62mph time of 8.6 seconds.
Fuel costs
In 170bhp trim, the Exeo offers an official combined fuel economy of 49.6mpg, which is fair for its power. In comparison, the Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi, with 163bhp, offers 53.3mpg.
CO2 emissions
CO2 emissions of 148g/km give the Exeo a 22% benefit-in-kind tax rating.
Residual values
Exeo has a predicted residual value of £7,675 after three years/60,000 miles, or £5,775 after four years/80,000 miles.
Running costs
A three year/60,000 mile cycle sees the Exeo cost 45.45 pence per mile, or 43.02ppm over four years/80,000 miles.
FN Verdict
With its good build quality, impressive road manners, style and performance, there is much to like about the Exeo ST if space is not the be all and end all. The extra value offered by the Sport Tech trim level over Sport makes it a tempting fleet proposition.
Top Speed
N/A
Seat Exeo Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Seat Exeo Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Seat Exeo Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £7,675
4 Year 80k : £5,775
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 45.45
4 Year 80k : 41.12

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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