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The Seat Exeo saloon has wrecked my social life. Not because it is a bad car – quite the opposite - but because I cannot find anybody who has heard of it.

By Stephen Turvil
Jul 07, 2011
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The Seat Exeo saloon has wrecked my social life. Not because it is a bad car – quite the opposite - but because I cannot find anybody who has heard of it. As the Exeo is a capable machine, I feel obliged to forgo socialising in favour of raising its profile. Strange I should need too, as this Ford Mondeo rival's ingredients are rather familiar. It is based on the 2005 Audi A4 saloon, for starters – and the interior is from the convertible. Engines are used in other models too, including excellent offerings from Volkswagen, Skoda, and Audi.

The Exeo 2.0-litre petrol produces 211PS, making it the most powerful version. This six-speed manual therefore roars to 62mph in only 7.1 seconds which is impressive for a large petrol-powered saloon that averages 40.9mpg. Emissions are 159g/km, so twelve months road tax costs £165. By contrast, the most efficient diesel can be taxed for only £95 as its emissions are 136g/km. The comparative downside is a lack of speed, as this 2.0-litre 120PS variant takes 10.5 seconds to reach 62mph. Fast enough for most though.

Further Seat Exeo qualities include its sporty and engaging handling. It feels genuinely entertaining on twisty roads. This complements the appealing specification that includes: Bluetooth, climate control, alloys, MP3 compatibility, and cruise control. Excellent stuff. Highly specified versions have leather seats and parking sensors too. So, the Exeo saloon might be the best car nobody knows about. Can I have my social life back now?

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By Stephen Turvil
Jul 07, 2011