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Our Fleet Test Drive: Seat Exeo ST - 7th Report

Date: 21 July 2010   |   Author: Rachel Burgess

Dash

Maybe I'm sitting too far back, or suffer from short-arm syndrome, but reaching the Exeo's radio controls is a bit too far of a stretch to be comfortable.

The power/volume knob, for example, is almost entirely out of reach, although there is a steering wheel control to change volume. Not only that, but in a time of bigger displays and luxurious touchscreens, the radio system itself seems antiquated - there's no easy way to scroll through stations and the small digital-display isn't pleasing on the eye. Also, to get to a station of choice involves pressing a hard button numerous times with constant glances necessary to see what you're listening to. There is no mute option, either, a function I'm always a fan of, in case of sirens or other on-road diversions - the scroll-style volume control definitely takes longer to silence sound than a simple mute button would. Slight tweaking in these areas could help take this car, interior-wise, higher up the fleet estate agenda.

Seat Exeo ST 2.0 TDI 143hp
Mileage5079
Claimed combined
consumption
51.4mpg
Our average consumption36.8mpg
P11D price£21,215
CO2 (tax) 143g/km CO2
BIK 20/40% per month£71/£141
Service interval10,000mls
Insurancegroup 24
Warranty3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max)442/1354 litres
Engine size/power1968cc/143hp
Top speed/0-62mph129mph/9.6secs
Why we’re running itSeat’s first foray
into estate market
PositiveGood value
well-specced estate
NegativeSmall, essentially an
old-generation Audi



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