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Price, fuel economy, range and depreciation

Seat's pricing and kit list for the Exeo look tempting. The S model offers alloys, six airbags, dual climate control and cruise control for around £2500 less than the cheapest diesel Mondeo, and the forecast residuals are strong.

The cost to trade up to an SE seems worth it for improved interior trim, rear parking sensors and the ‘acoustic’ windscreen, while Sport models, with larger wheels and lowered ride height, cost more again.

Private buyers might find the insurance groupings a sticking point

However, private buyers might find the insurance groupings, which are higher than those for mainstream rivals, a sticking point.

Over mixed driving our Exeo averaged a slightly disappointing 35.7mpg, but the tall sixth gear resulted in a much more acceptable 51.9mpg over our touring route. The facelifted Exeo should improve on this; Seat claims a boost in combined fuel consumption from 51.4mpg to 58.9mpg. CO2 emissions have dropped from 139g/km to 129g/km.