2012 SEAT Exeo Facelift – What’s Different?

SEAT Exeo 2012 Facelift

SEAT’s Exeo saloon and estate has been mildly updated with a new face and some engineering tweaking, although buyers will have to wait until later in the year to get the environmentally-conscious Exeo Ecomotive.

Exterior

The Exeo gains bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, although these are an optional extra on all models except the ‘Sport’. Other than that the only other changes are some new alloy wheel designs.
Exeo facelift rear

Interior

SEAT now uses better-quality leather on the steering wheel and now fits ‘revised’ upholstery. Hmmm.
SEAT Exeo interior facelift

Engine

The existing 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines are now a bit more economical, with up to 58.9mpg being achievable according to the official fuel consumption figures. CO2 emissions have also dropped, and now start at just 129g/km.
SEAT Exeo ST facelift

Worth knowing

The Ecomotive version, due out in a few months, will be the cleanest Exeo yet, thanks to a raft of engineering tweaks including Start/Stop technology.
SEAT Exeo ST 2012 side
Price: The Exeo range starts at £19,480 for the base ‘S’ TDI CR model, rising to just over £25,000 for the Sport Tech TDI CR Multitronic.
Available from: The revised Exeo is available now in SEAT showrooms.
SEAT Exeo ST 2012 Facelift

Conclusion

The Exeo is SEAT’s third best-selling car, behind the Ibiza and Leon, and they are keen for it to remain so appealing to new car buyers until the replacement model arrives in the next couple of years.
It’s just a shame that the changes are so limited – and that buyers will have to wait for a few more months to get the Ecomotive version, which should have a sub-120g/km emissions figure.
SEAT Exeo 2012 red
We’d advise buyers to consider alternatives from rival manufacturers, including the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6, both of which are more highly rated than the Exeo.
Facelift SEAT Exeo
Check out our guides to the SEAT Exeo and SEAT Exeo ST
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