Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Exeo Puts SEAT on Another Level

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Exeo Puts SEAT on Another Level

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Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW

ATTENTIVE observers may experience a touch of dj vu when watching a new SEAT Exeo sweep by for there is a certain familiarity about the saloon car.

The Exeo is SEAT''s first move into the family saloon market and it bears more than a passing resemblance both inside and out to the last generation of the Audi A4.

While a sharpish new nose and a reworked rear end have been introduced to help create a more individually identifiable exterior, last generation Audi A4 heritage is still very much a part of its make up. That''s all to do with SEAT being part of the Volkswagen group - just like Audi.

There's an extremely well put together interior fashioned from some of the very best materials.

For rear seat comfort, Exeo caters for three with head restraints and three-point seat belts while the asymmetrically split bench can be folded flat one or two-thirds to increase carrying space.

While not quite as roomy as some of its competitors, the boot does realise a family-size 460 litres of stowage room with all seats taken. In addition to several useful storage compartments, the stowage package also features hooks to help keep shopping bags from having minds of their own while there is also a handy 12-volt socket which can, for example, power a cool box which could come into its own if the forecast of hot summer days ahead proves correct.

The Exeo comes in four trim levels, S, SE, Sport and Lux. Each features a generous serving of kit, with the S entry level model including the likes of dual zone climate control, electric windows all round, four-speaker MP3 compatible sound system with CD and steering wheel mounted controls, trip computer with multi-function display, 16-inch alloys with locking wheel nuts, integrated fogs and twin exhaust pipes.

There are many sports-orientated additions to the Sport model driven here, including the likes of eight-speaker audio, electrically folding door mirrors, coming home headlight function and individual tyre monitoring. …

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