| Long Term Test | SEAT Exeo ST |
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I have to say it was a quiet end to 2010 and an equally slow start to the New Year for our SEAT Exeo. It spent the snowy times parked up at one of Heathrow's long term parking sites - having seen and heard the reports of all the snow and cold I did wonder if having been buried under the white stuff for all that time whether the car would be waiting for me on my arrival home. Gladly I can report that I needn't have worried. According to the nice man that brought the car to me, the engine sprang to life with the first turn of the key.
Anything stand out...?
Comfort and dependability remain my favourite attributes of the Exeo. I've been on several early morning forays in the past few weeks and while leaving home at 4.30am is never a great thing to have to do, if you have to endure such early starts to beat the traffic then a comfortable ride certainly helps. The performance of this car too, still amazes me - the Exeo is fun to drive. I'm lucky to have driven a huge amount of machinery, but the smile is always there when I get back into this car for the journey home, no matter what I've spent my day in.
...and for the wrong reasons?
Other than the pesky arm rest (now in a permanent upright position) I'm still to find any bad points. My trip to the Yorkshire moors was postponed so I didn't get to experience the Exeo's handling abilities in any of the snowy conditions. I have to say though I feel confident that I'd be writing about the plus side of the car.
We have however, shared a slight mishap... Sadly the rear quarter panel has been subjected to the attentions of a small truck sliding backwards on the ice prior to my departure. The SEAT was parked up in a yard and as I was walking back I could see the truck going nowhere then right towards the Exeo. The hapless driver sadly was unable to do anything about the resulting collision and fortunately the damage is slight and has no way affected anything with or my enjoyment of the car.
The only other incident is the blowing of a rear number plate bulb - not earth shattering I know; however, the warning light for this does stay permanently illuminated on the dashboard and hinders some of the other information being displayed, so in my next quiet morning I'll be heading off to my local SEAT dealership for a replacement.
I understand that my time with the car is coming to an end, as it is time for the Exeo to return home to SEAT I'd imagine to be prepped and sold. Were I in the market for purchasing a vehicle I'd find it hard to find anything better for my needs than this car and I have no hesitation in recommending a SEAT Exeo ST to anyone looking for a mid size family wagon.
Next month I will write my final review of the car with a full set of images and hopefully will be able to introduce you to the replacement vehicle - it will have a lot to live up to.