Seat Exeo Review & Ratings
- 20 February 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
Seat, is a Spanish auto maker that is a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group. The company offered the Exeo as a compact executive vehicle. It was the flagship model.
The Exeo was first named the Bolero, but it should not be confused with an earlier concept car offered by Seat that had the same name. The Seat Exeo was designated internally as the Type 3R. Exeo comes from the word exire, which is Latin and means to go beyond. This broke the previous tradition of the company for naming their cars after cities in Spain. The Exeo was available in a 4 door saloon style and a 5 door estate style.
Exeo production was stopped in the year 2013. The saloon style was replaced by the Toledo and the estate model was replaced by the Leon ST.
The Seat Exeo model is D-segment and is built using the Volkswagen Group B7 platform. Essentially, the vehicle is a renamed Audi A4, with changes in styling to the front and back using a different bonnet, boot lid, front wings, doors, and the exterior mirrors on the doors.
The interior incorporates its trim from the Cabriolet and uses the A4, the B6, and the B7 electrical components and interior equipment. The production and the assembly lines for the Audi A4 B7 were dismantled and then installed at the Seat factory that is located in Martorell, Spain.
The vehicle was first revealed at the Paris Motor Show in the year 2008. When it was first launched it was only available in a single body style, a 4 door, 5 seat saloon styling. However, after August of the year 2009, it became available in the Estate body style that offered 5 doors and 5 seats. This version was called the Exeo ST, with the ST standing for sport tourer.
The Exeo was available for sale in the western part of Europe in the early part of 2009. The first lineup of models included 3 choices of petrol engine as well as 2 diesel engines. A third diesel engine was then added in the fall of 2009.
In the year 2010, there were 3 new petrol engines that were offered. There were also 3 trim levels available, the Reference, the Stylance, and the Sport.
The Exeo features a multilink independent front and back suspension. This is the same that is used for the Audi A4. It also has a front suspension that is made with a cast aluminum alloy that is light weight. Each of the models come with power steering and some of the models offering servotronic, which is a variable assistance. There are disc brakes fitted to both the front and the back of the vehicle.
The standard chassis electronics include the Electronic Stability Program from Bosch, an anti-lock braking system, emergency brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, traction control, and EDL traction aids.
Wheel options vary from the basic 7J by 16 steel wheel that has plastic covers, up to several variants of different allow wheels with diameters of sixteen to eighteen inches.
The standard headlights are halogen dual bulbs with HID headlights available as one of the options.
The luggage capacity for the saloon model is 16.2 cubic feet. The boot size for the ST variant starts at 15.6 cubic feet or 19.9 cubic feet when it is loaded to the roof. If the back seats are folded it goes up to 31.1 cubic feet or if loaded to the roof it is 47.8 cubic feet.