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Seat Exeo – the insider tip for Audi fans

The Seat Exeo is a special vehicle from the Spaniards: Even if it bears a Seat logo, the basis of the Audi A4 is unmistakable. Which is not surprising, because the Exeo built from March 2009 has taken over around 70 percent of the Audi original – and you can feel it too. In 2009 it was launched as a mid-size sedan and station wagon.

Except for slight retouching at the front and rear, the Seat has taken over the body of the Audi A4 B7 built until 2008. Especially the side lines and the interior come very close to the Ingolstadt. Anyone who does not attach great importance to the logo will also be happy with the copy.

Seat Exeo: The Audi A4 shines through

The Seat Exeo, built until 2013, is available as a sedan and station wagon ST. The space offered by the model arranged above the Seat Toledo and the functionality are good overall. Anyone who relies on resale value should take the popular station wagon model. This can also be loaded with up to 1354 liters.

Good workmanship

The workmanship of the solid materials is also pleasing. The still appealing cockpit comes almost entirely from the A4 Cabrio, only the brand emblem with the four rings has been replaced with the large “Seat-S”. But not only the design, but also the entire vehicle electronics of the Audi, such as the air conditioning and the navigation system, were taken over.

The 2011 facelift brought the 4.66 meter long Exeo, among other things, xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, and a stop-start system reduced consumption. Production ended two years later and there was no successor.

The engines were also known

The Exeo was assembled in Martorell, Spain: The body shell, drive train and chassis are identical to the Audi A4. Most of the engines were also taken over from the Ingolstadt company. The aggregates are all usable. The range of petrol engines ranged from the basic 1.6-litre unit with 102 hp to the powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine with 210 hp. In the case of the petrol engines, the medium performance classes with 150, 160 or 200 hp offer good driving performance and moderate consumption.

The three offered 2.0 liter diesel engines offer at least 120 and a maximum of 170 hp. Frequent drivers are well served with the medium diesel engine and 143 hp. Interested parties should exercise caution with regard to the exhaust gas scandal on diesel engines with the abbreviation EA 189, which were also installed in the Exeo.

All in all solid technology

The Seat Exeo 2010 scored four out of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test. The sedan and station wagon were available in the equipment versions Reference, Stylance and Sport. The extensively equipped, sporty version is recommended. Among other things, this includes seven airbags, CD radio, two-zone automatic air conditioning, fog lights, leather steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Exeo benefits from the long construction period of the Audi A4, its technology is impressive. Its wheel suspensions are very solid, the drive shafts and the steering give no reason for complaint. However, it shares the weak points of the A4, such as worn clutches or cracked toothed belts in the diesel or steering wheel locks that jam when it is hot. One should avoid the continuously variable Multitronic automatic transmission in the 1.8 liter petrol engine and in the 2.0 liter diesel engine. It’s extremely vulnerable.

Seat Exeo: No sham

If you don’t mind applying the discarded technology of the Audi A4 again in the Seat guise, then the Exeo is an option. The owner does not have to fear major defects. Prices for the mid-range model from previous owners start at around 5500 euros on the major internet exchanges. For a well-preserved copy under 100,000 kilometers you have to invest at least almost 8500 euros.

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