What is it?
The 2.0 TSI version is going to be as sporty as the new Seat Exeo gets. It features the familiar 197bhp direct-injection 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, as used by other members of the VW family. And it gets sports suspension as standard, which means it sits 20mm closer to the ground and has springs and dampers that are said to be 20 per cent stiffer than the standard items.
What’s it like?
We already know what a good engine this is, and that remains true when it’s slotted in the Exeo saloon. Slightly shorter gearing would make it better still, but it’s flexible, free-revving and turns Seat’s Mondeo rival into a swift car that’s rarely wanting for power.
Being based on the last Audi A4 has its drawbacks, though, and they comes with the chassis. The sports suspension means that this car lacks a lot of the bounce and some of the pitching of lesser Exeos. It also leans less roll through bends and mildly more precise steering. But too many thumps find their way into the cabin and it’s only averagely good at coping with scarred road surfaces. So the best family saloons will serve you better.
The upside to the Exeo’s Audi heritage is to be found inside the cabin, though. The high quality and great functionality of the interior, and its fit and finish, are easily the Seat’s highpoint.
Should I buy one?
If the Exeo appeals - and there’s lot of appealing things about it - then yes, but even so, we’d still recommend one of the diesels above this petrol model. Either way, although they’re good value cars, they’re certainly not cheap. And looking towards the likes of the Honda Accord and Ford Mondeo is going to get you more car and a better car for less.