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Seat Exeo SE: Test Drive Review

Date: 04 August 2011

Category: Upper medium
P11D price: £23,095

When the Exeo was launched in April 2009 it lacked an automatic transmission.

Seat has now rectified the situation and offers an auto gearbox mated to its 2.0-litre TDI 143hp engine. Costing £1500 more than its manual counterpart, the Multitronic loses out in emissions, at 153g/km versus 136g/km CO2 for the manual. It also means decreased fuel consumption from 54.3mpg to 48.7mpg.

If that doesn't put you off, then the gearbox is decent, as you'd expect from a transmission sourced from sister brand Audi. It smoothly shifts through the gears, with options for sport or manual modes, the latter able to controlled through steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

Seat has also increased rear passenger space by 44mm thanks to redesigning the front and rear seats and revised the rear lights, which now use LED technology.

Seat Exeo SE Tech
2.0 TDI CR 143ps Multitronic
P11D price£23,095
Model price range£19,175-£23,770
maintenance & repair
Vehicle Excise Duty£495
National Insurance£2295
Cost per mile59.3p
Fuel consumption48.7mpg
CO2 (tax) 153g/km/(23%)
BIK 20/40% per month£89/£177
Service interval10,000mls
Insurancegroup 24
Boot space460 litres
Engine size/power1968cc/143hp
Top speed/0-62mph129mph/9.3secs
On sale September 2010
VerdictNot class leading,
but adding auto increases
Seat’s fleet appeal


Not class leading, but adding auto increases Seat’s fleet appeal