• Refreshed exterior styling and improved quality
• Improved diesel engine
• Frugal Ecomotive version coming

The 2012 model year Seat Exeo is now available in showrooms, sporting a refreshed look and a revised diesel engine.

Starting at £19,480, the Exeo range comes with a choice of two petrol engines: a 1.8-litre available in 118bhp and 158bhp guises and a 2.0-litre with a choice of 197bhp or 208bhp. A 2.0-litre diesel is also available with either 118bhp, 141bhp or 168bhp.

Seat has revised the diesel engine with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions. Emissions for the least powerful version are now 129g/km, with a combined fuel economy figure of 58.9mpg.

An Ecomotive version – Seat’s name for its cleanest and most fuel efficient models – is also on the way. Using a combination of features, like improved aerodynamics, taller gearing and stop and start technology, the Ecomotive aims to be as clean as possible. Seat is projecting CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km and is hoping it will appeal to both private customers and fleet managers alike.

Aesthetic revisions have been made to the Exeo for 2012. It has a reprofiled nose which houses new bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. A new range of alloy wheel designs complete the exterior makeover.

Inside, Seat has upgraded the materials used, with better quality leather on the steering wheel and new seat upholstery.

The new Seat Exeo is in showrooms now, preceding the forthcoming Ibiza supermini and all new Mii city car. It is available in both saloon and estate body shapes.

By Daljinder Nagra