The Exeo, the Spanish car maker's answer to the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, now boasts some modern features such as LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlamps at the front.

This gives the car a more executive feel, something the manufacturer best known for its sporty styling is keen to improve.

Inside the push for a more premium saloon and estate for the range continues with leather highlights and a new, more upmarket upholstery being added to the range.

Seat says the saloon and estate are now 'fleet-friendly' thanks to the upgrades, but more importantly the cars are now cheaper to run than ever.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine has been revised to deliver CO2 emissions of 129g/km for both the saloon and estate, while the saloon now boasts fuel economy of 57.6mpg in its latest guise.

This, says Seat, will be improved further when Start/Stop technology is added to the Exeo in 2012. The technology automatically turns the engine off when the car is stationary in traffic, saving fuel and impacting on CO2 emissions.

A figure under 120g/km of CO2 emissions is likely when the technology is introduced, dropping the car into a lower band of Vehicle Excise Duty.

Seat will also offer two more diesel options and a turbocharged petrol engine with the new 2012 Seat Exeo range.

A new Multitronic gearbox with CVT-based technology and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles is also available with the new range for the first time.

Prices for the new Seat Exeo start at £19,285 for the entry-level saloon. Both the new Seat Exeo saloon and new Seat Exeo ST - or estate - are on sale in the UK now.

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