The A4 roots in the Exeo are obvious to anyone who knows cars, and no amount of Seat-isation at the nose and tail can disguise the very Audi-esque flanks and roofline whose forms don't tally with any other current Seat designs.
That said, the visual rebranding has resulted in a decent-looking car, although meeting the latest pedestrian impact regulations, which the A4 pre-dated, required a re-engineering of the front end. In profile the newly-elevated bonnet sits slightly uncomfortably with the Exeo’s otherwise crisp, clean lines.
A 2012 facelift introduced new bi-xenon headlights and daytime running lights to the Exeo, bringing its visage in line with the Seat Ibiza and third-generation Seat Leon. New wheel designs and upgraded interior trim were also incorporated into the mid-life refresh.
Despite Seat’s best efforts to disguise the Exeo’s roots, at 4661mm long and 1772mm wide the Exeo is noticeably smaller than the current crop of mainstream and premium saloons, particularly the 183mm longer and 114mm wider Mondeo. Cars have grown since the original version of the root A4 was launched in 2001.