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Seat Exeo - Paris motor show news- 2008

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A big surprise on the Seat stand - OK, not
a big surprise exactly, more a medium-sized surprise - in the shape of the new
Exeo saloon.

Ok, it’s possible that we got told about
the Exeo before and, er, forgot a little bit, but now that we’ve seen it up
close, it’s a decent-enough looking effort from the Spanish manufacturer.

If you’re struggling to get a sense of
size, think Audi A4. Because that’s what the Exeo is - the last-gen A4 with a
Seat-ised body on top.

Which means you get a smart, understated
interior, a big boot - 460 litres of bigness, to be exact - and a rather
exciting-sounding ‘solar roof’, which provides enough electrical power to run
the Exeo’s ventilation system, even when the car is switched off.

It should be decent to drive, too - there’s
trapezoidal link suspension at the back and an independent multilink set-up at
the front, along with modified suspension coils and shock absorbers.

The show car is fitted with the (MkV) Golf
GTi-spec two-litre turbo petrol engine, putting out 197bhp, though expect
common rail diesels to feature heavily when the Exeo reaches the UK early next
 year.

If you’re finding the Exeo a bit VW-Group-lite,
we sympathise. But just think - how are you going to pick up a last-gen Audi A4
for cheaper?

A second-hand
Audi A4, you say? Fair point…

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