What is it
This is the revised-for-2012 Seat Exeo ST. Revised, yes, but not very much. In fact, the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them updates, which apply to both the ST estate driven here and the four-door saloon, amount to little more than swoopy new bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, new wheel designs and some upgraded interior trim materials, the combination of which is intended to enhance the Exeo’s grown-up, premium executive feel.
Minor changes to the 141bhp 2.0 TDI engine result in a fall in CO2 emissions from 139g/km to 132g/km, with the claimed combined economy figure improving from 53.5mpg to 56.5mpg. The 141bhp 2.0 TDI saloon, incidentally, improves from 139g/km to 129g/km and 51.4mpg to 58.9mpg respectively.
What’s it like
Given how little has changed, it’s hardly surprising that the new Exeo feels very much like the old one. Inside, the cabin, controls and dashboard layout are almost disappointingly identical to before, with only minor changes to the seat and steering wheel trim.
The Exeo ST isn’t the most voluminous of estates so the cabin does feel a little compact compared to some of its contemporaries. Taller drivers might feel cramped behind the wheel, too, with the centre tunnel stealing space where your left leg might want to go. There’s enough adjustment in the seat and steering wheel to resolve the issue for the most part, but rear-seat passengers will suffer for legroom as a result.