Our long-term Exeo hasn’t yet undertaken the labrador plus buggy test in the boot, but early indicators suggest it is smaller than expected for an estate.

There is 442 litres of space in the boot and 1354 litres with the seats down. Indeed, this is noticeably smaller than two key rivals, the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer and the Mazda 6 estate, which have 540 and 519 litres respectively.

The only other qualm is the lack of a inner handle to shut the boot – which means getting my hands dirty pulling the boot down from the outside.

Seat Exeo ST 2.0 TDI 143hp
Mileage 2745
Claimed combined
Our average
P11D price £21,215
Model price range £19,775-£24,285
CO2 (tax) 143g/km (20%)
BIK 20/40% per month £71/£141
Service interval £1937
Why we’re running it To see whether Seat’s first
upper medium competitor
is a serious proposition
Positive Fresh face for the
estate market
Negative Not as big as it
looks for an estate