For what it is – a quick fix – the Exeo project is not without merit. Although not flawless, the previous-generation A4 was mainly a good car and the changes Seat has made for the Exeo build on this.

The common-rail diesel brings performance, economy and refinement, while the Exeo’s mix of ride and handling betters that of the Audi original.

For what it is – a quick fix – the Exeo project is not without merit

There is no hiding from the fact that aspects of the Exeo, and in particular the cabin, are dated, but the quality of materials and construction remains and the simplicity of the design isn’t without charm.

Similarly the Exeo’s proportions can be viewed in both positive and negative lights.

While the Exeo doesn’t revolutionise the market, this doesn’t stop it from being a good car with few real faults and an attractive price. Right now, that could be all that Seat needs to do.

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