SEAT makes best of

Audi A4

SEAT Exeo, rear
SEAT Exeo, side
SEAT Exeo, interior
SEAT Exeo saloon

THE SEAT Exeo saloon and estate are based on the Audi A4 and are pretty much as good to drive.

Not only are they stylish and good looking, they are well built and very well equipped even in cheapest models.

They are also very comfortable except at slow speeds - the same slightly unsettled feel some A4's have - and superbly insulated low noise.

Engines are a turbo diesel 2.0-litre with 120, 140 or 167bhp, and a 2.0-litre petrol turbo with 197 or 208bhp.

Best buy is the 140bhp 2.0-litre diesel. Performance is excellent, with plenty of punch in the mid-range and good acceleration even at motorway speeds in sixth.

The top notch VW power steering helps towards excellent handling, where it is marvellously nimble.

And it clings to the road surface - however bad - with consummate ease even when pressed beyond normal limits.

Safety equipment is right up there with the best and low prices make it great value.

Seat and column adjustment is excellent and the seats are very comfortable but a large transmission tunnel means it's really only a four seater.

 

FAST FACTS

Price: Pay about £9,300 for an '09 09-reg CR S, or £14,500 for an '11 11-reg Sport Tech

Mechanical: 140bhp, 1,968cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 133mph

0-62mph: 9.2 seconds

Combined MPG: 51

Insurance Group: 12

C02 emissions: 143g/km

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