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2011 SEAT Exeo Sport Tech CR TDi 168 2.0 Front.jpg
AssemblySpain: Martorell
Body and chassis
ClassLarge family car (D)
Body style4-door saloon
5-door estate
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group B7
RelatedAudi A4 (B7)/Volkswagen Passat (B7)
EnginePetrol engines:
1.6 L I4
1.8 L I4 16v TSI
1.8 L I4 20v Turbo
1.8 L I4 16v TSI
2.0 L I4 16v TSI
Diesel engines:
2.0 L I4 16v TDI CR
Transmission6-speed manual
6/7-speed LuK multitronic CVT
Wheelbase2,642 mm (104.0 in)
Length4,661 mm (183.5 in) (saloon)
4,666 mm (183.7 in) (estate)
Width1,772 mm (69.8 in)
Height1,430 mm (56.3 in) (saloon)
1,454 mm (57.2 in) (estate)
Kerb weight1,310–1,455 kg (2,888–3,208 lb)
PredecessorSEAT 132
SEAT Bolero (concept)
SuccessorSEAT León (estate)
SEAT Toledo (saloon)

The SEAT Exeo (Spanish: [ekˈse.o])[1][2][3] is a large family car and flagship model, that was built by the Spanish car manufacturer SEAT, subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.

Previously codenamed Bolero, (though not to be confused with SEAT's earlier concept car bearing the same name) and internally designated Typ 3R,[4] the name Exeo derives from the Latin word exire, meaning "to go beyond",[1][2] breaking SEAT's recent tradition to name its cars after Spanish cities.[1]

This car was made available in four door saloon or five door estate styles only. Production of the Exeo ended in May 2013, with the final production number being 81,552. It was replaced by SEAT Toledo for the saloon, and the SEAT León ST for the estate.



The Exeo is a D-segment model, which is built on the Volkswagen Group B7 (PL46) platform. It is essentially a rebadged Audi A4 B7 generation,[1][2] with styling changes to the front and rear by way of unique bonnet, front wings, boot lid, doors and exterior door mirrors.[4][5][6][7]

It incorporates interior trim from the A4 Cabriolet, and extensively uses A4 B6 and B7 interior equipment and electrical components.[4] To this purpose, the entire Audi A4 B7 production and assembly lines from Ingolstadt were dismantled and installed in Volkswagen Group's related SEAT factory in Martorell, Spain.[1]

The Exeo was officially revealed at the 2008 Paris Motor Show,[3] and at launch, it was confirmed to be available in just one car body style, as a four door, five seater saloon (Typ 3R5).[4] However, from August 2009, it also became available as a five door, five seater estate,[7] called Exeo ST (Typ 3R9).[4] ST is an abbreviation for Sport Tourer.

It became available for purchase in Western Europe in March 2009, with a model lineup which initially included three petrol engines and two diesel engines, with a third lower-powered 88 kilowatts (120 PS; 118 bhp) diesel engine being added from September 2009.

In May 2010, three new petrol engines entered production, these were the 1.8 TFSI 88 kilowatts (120 PS; 118 bhp), the 1.8 TFSI 118 kilowatts (160 PS; 158 bhp) and the 2.0 TFSI 155 kilowatts (211 PS; 208 bhp).[4][8][9] It was available with three different trim levels: Reference, Stylance and Sport.[4]


  • Golden Steering Wheel Award 2009 in Switzerland, in the upper medium sedan category[10]
  • Company Car 2009 in Germany, for the SEAT Exeo ST[11]
  • Car of the Year 2010 in Finland, by the Finnish magazine Tuulilasi[12]
  • Novelty of the Year 2009 in Catalonia[13]


Due to the Exeo being derived from the Audi B7 A4, it shares the same fundamental powertrain layout. It has engines mounted at the front, and they are oriented longitudinally, i.e.: "north south", rather than the "east west" transverse engine layout used in the remainder of the SEAT range.[4] The gearboxes are of a transaxle type (containing the gearbox, along with the front final drive and differential), and are also mounted longitudinally at the rear of the engine.[4]

For the 1.8 litre 20 valve Turbo petrol engine, one side mounted intercooler (SMIC) is fitted to the lower front left of the car, below the left headlamp. For the 2.0 TSI petrol,[3] along with the 105 and 125 kilowatts (143 and 170 PS; 141 and 168 bhp) 2.0 litre Turbocharged Direct Injection diesel engines, these use two SMICs, one below the left and right headlamps.[4]

All diesel engine variants are common rail (CR) Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) engines and includes an exhaust catalytic converter along with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).[4]

Transmission options initially included only a six speed manual gearbox.[4] Shortly after launch, the LuK originated multitronic continuously variable transmission (CVT),[14] with selectable six or seven speeds,[15] became available on models equipped with the 2.0 TSI petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel engines.[16] Distribution of the engine torque to the driven roadwheels is only via the front wheels, and there is not a four-wheel drive offering, which the Audi A4 used as an option in its 'trademark' quattro.[4]

Engine specifications[edit]

All available internal combustion engines are inline four cylinder four stroke designs and are based on existing units capable to be fitted longitudinally in the Exeo's PL46 platform and have also been used in other marques of the Volkswagen Group. They all comply with the European Euro 5 emissions standard, and offer the following performance statistics (for the saloon version in standard configuration):[4][17]

fuel system
ID code Max. motive power
at rpm
Max. torque
at rpm
0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) Top
(g/100 km)
Trim level (saloon)
Reference Stylance Sport
Petrol engines
1.6 SRE 1595 cc, 8v SOHC
multi-point fuel injection
75 kW (102 PS; 101 bhp)
at 5,600 rpm
148 N⋅m (109 lbf⋅ft)
at 3,800 rpm
190 km/h (118.1 mph) 179 03/2009–
Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
1.8 SRE T 1781 cc, 20v DOHC
Turbocharged multi-point fuel injection
110 kW (150 PS; 148 bhp)
at 5,700 rpm
220 N⋅m (162 lbf⋅ft)
at 1,800 rpm
217 km/h (134.8 mph) 184 12/2008–
Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1.8 TSI 1798 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
88 kW (120 PS; 118 bhp)
at 4,000–6,200 rpm
230 N⋅m (170 lbf⋅ft)
at 1,500–3,650 rpm
202 km/h (125.5 mph) 166 09/2010–
Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
1.8 TSI 1798 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
118 kW (160 PS; 158 bhp)
at 4,500-6,200 rpm
250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft)
at 1,500–4,500 rpm
225 km/h (139.8 mph) 166 05/2010–
Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2.0 TSI 1984 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
147 kW (200 PS; 197 bhp)
at 6,000 rpm
280 N⋅m (207 lbf⋅ft)
at 1,800–5,000 rpm
241 km/h (149.8 mph) 179 03/2009–
Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
2.0 TSI 1984 cc, 16v DOHC
Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection
155 kW (211 PS; 208 bhp)
at 4,300-6,000 rpm
320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft)
at 1,500–4,600 rpm
244 km/h (151.6 mph) 159 05/2010–
Red XN Green tickY Green tickY
Diesel engines
2.0 TDI CR
1968 cc, 16v DOHC
common rail
88 kW (120 PS; 118 bhp)
at 4,000 rpm
290 N⋅m (214 lbf⋅ft)
at 1,750–2,500 rpm
204 km/h (126.8 mph) 139 09/2009–
Green tickY Green tickY Red XN
2.0 TDI CR
1968 cc, 16v DOHC
common rail
105 kW (143 PS; 141 bhp)
at 4,200 rpm
320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft)
at 1,750–2,500 rpm
214 km/h (133.0 mph) 143 12/2008–
Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2.0 TDI CR
1968 cc, 16v DOHC
common rail
125 kW (170 PS; 168 bhp)
at 4,200 rpm
350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft)
at 1,750–2,500 rpm
229 km/h (142.3 mph) 153 02/2009–
Red XN Green tickY Green tickY

Other features[edit]

The Exeo also features the same multi link fully independent front and rear suspension as used on the Audi A4, again with light weight cast aluminium alloy front suspension arms and virtual steering axis uprights.[3] All models are equipped with ZF-supplied power steering, with some models having speed sensitive 'servotronic' variable assistance.[3][4]

Disc brakes are fitted front and rear, with the radially ventilated fronts ranging in diameter from 280 millimetres (11.0 in) by 22 millimetres (0.87 in) thick, to 320 millimetres (12.6 in) by 30 millimetres (1.18 in). At the rear are solid (un ventilated) discs ranging from 245 millimetres (9.6 in) by 10 millimetres (0.39 in) to 288 millimetres (11.3 in) by 12 millimetres (0.47 in). All discs, front and rear, use a single piston sliding brake caliper.[4]

Chassis electronics feature as standard the Bosch ESP 8.0 Electronic Stability Programme, which also includes Anti lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and emergency Brake Assist (BA). This ESP system also includes Anti Slip Regulation (ASR, or traction control), and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) traction aids.[3]

Roadwheel options vary from a basic 7Jx16 steel wheel with plastic wheel covers, to a number of variants of alloy wheels, from 16" to 18" in diameter.[4] Conventional halogen dual bulb (H7 dip and H1 main) headlamps are standard, with self leveling single source Bi Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights[3] available as an option.

Luggage capacity in the saloon variant, measured according to the VDA 'block' method, is 460 litres (16.2 cu ft).[3] On the other hand, in the estate Exeo ST variant, the boot size starts from 442 litres (15.6 cu ft) (or 564 litres (19.9 cu ft) when loaded up to roof) and after folding rear seats it rises to 882 litres (31.1 cu ft) (or 1,354 litres (47.8 cu ft) when loaded up to roof with rear seats down).[18][19]

Sales and production figures[edit]

In the year of 2009, the total annual retail sales number of SEAT Exeo cars was 21,013 vehicles (12,837 units for the Exeo and 8,176 for the Exeo ST version), while the annual production came up to 22,981 cars made in SEAT's plant in Martorell.

The total production per year of SEAT Exeo and Exeo ST cars is shown in the following table:

Model 2008[20][21] 2009[20][22] 2010[23] 2011[24] 2012[25]
SEAT Exeo 348 13,952
SEAT Exeo ST 21 9,029
Total annual production 369 22,981 23,108 19,559 10,854

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Spain: SEAT Exeo to supplement, not replace Toledo". Automotive World. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Paris 2008: Previous Gen Audi A4 SEAT Exeo". Autoblog. SEAT S.A. / Weblogs, Inc. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q ETKA (SEAT Update 325 ed.), Volkswagen Group, 2010
  5. ^ "SEAT Exeo revealed and it's a rebadged 2008 Audi A4!". Carscoop. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  6. ^ "SEAT Exeo grey-scale images - International Registrations Resulting from International Applications Governed Exclusively or Partly by the 1999 Act and/or the 1960 Act". WIPO. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  7. ^ a b "SEAT Exeo leaks out". Autocar. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Seat Exeo mit neuen Motoren" (in German). Auto, Motor und Sport. 3 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Todos los detalles de los nuevos SEAT Exeo 1.8 TSI 120 y 160 CV" (in Spanish). Autoblog. 21 May 2010.
  10. ^ "The SEAT Exeo wins the Golden Steering Wheel 2009 award in Switzerland". SEAT media center. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  11. ^ "The new Exeo ST is the "Company Car 2009" in Germany". SEAT media center. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  12. ^ "The SEAT range receives distinctions in Europe". SEAT media center. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  13. ^ "The SEAT Exeo, distinguished as "Novelty of the Year" in Catalonia". SEAT media center. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  14. ^ "2011 Seat Exeo Multitronic". CoverCars. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  15. ^ "The SEAT Exeo features the Multitronic gearbox in the Diesel engine range". SEAT media center. 27 January 2011. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.
  16. ^ "The SEAT Exeo range grows with two new versions". SEAT media center. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  17. ^ "The Exeo range gets new motors and trim levels". SEAT media center. 24 May 2010. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011.
  18. ^ "Gama Seat Exeo 2012-precios-ficha técnica" (in Spanish). MotorMundial. 29 July 2009.
  19. ^ "SEAT Exeo ST. En avant le break" (in French). Webcarcenter. 2 July 2009.
  20. ^ a b "SEAT Annual report 2009". SEAT. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  21. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2008" (PDF). Volkswagen AG. 7 April 2009.
  22. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2009" (PDF). Volkswagen AG. 22 March 2010.
  23. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2010" (PDF). Volkswagen AG. 1 March 2011.
  24. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2011" (PDF). Volkswagen AG. 12 March 2012.
  25. ^ "Volkswagen AG Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Volkswagen AG. 14 March 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 April 2013.

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