Tweaks for SEAT Exeo

  • Changes to SEAT Exeo saloon and estate for 2012
  • Includes more efficient diesel engine, lower CO2
  • Tweaks should be attractive to company car drivers

There’s a raft of changes to the SEAT Exeo saloon and estate to bring the car up-to-date for 2012.

Based around the car’s existing set of engines and infrastructure, the tweaks include efficiency hikes and styling changes to make sure the saloon and ST estate stays fresh and appears even more attractive to company car drivers. In fact, SEAT refers to the Exeo as its ‘executive class’ car, which goes some way to showing you how much the firm values sales to company car drivers.

Probably the most significant of these is modification of the 2.0-litre diesel engine which means CO2 emissions are 129g/km. Company car tax is therefore payable at 19% this tax year, rising 1% per year thereafter.

Fuel economy has risen too, and now the Exeo is capable of 58.9mpg on the combined cycle. With a fuel tank holding 70 litres of diesel, this means a theoretical maximum range of just over 900 miles between trips to the pumps.

There’s also a set of styling changes. The front end has been given a revamp with new bi-xenon headlights and LED running lights, while new alloys and some interior tweaks – including improved leather for the steering wheel and some ‘revised’ upholstery - aim to keep things fresh and feeling premium, according to the Spanish manufacturer.

The firm is also planning to release an Ecomotive version of the Exeo during 2012. Although details are sparse at this time, expect sub-120g/km CO2 emissions thanks to the fitment of a stop/start system. This model will join Ecomotive versions of the firm’s Ibiza and Leon, which both emit less than 99g/km of CO2.

With P11d prices for diesel cars starting at £19,425 and monthly company car tax bills starting at £62 on the 20% pay scale, the Exeo certainly represents a lot of car for your money.