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2009. - 2012.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front
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Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2010. - 2014.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4666 mm
1772 mm
1454 mm
442 liters
1184 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4774 mm
1820 mm
1517 mm
603 liters
1731 liters
70 liters
2009 Seat Exeo ST
2010 Volkswagen Passat Variant

Engine

Volkswagen
2.0 TDI BMN
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1968 cc
170 hp
350 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
2.0 TDI BMN
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1968 cc
170 hp
350 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1440 kg
8.4 s
229 km/h
8.1 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
157 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1474 kg
8.8 s
224 km/h
6.3 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
5.3 l/100km
139 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1474 kg
8.8 s
220 km/h
6.3 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
5.3 l/100km
139 g/km

Expenses

5000 EUR
Price from
6400 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Not only that they both belong to the large family car segment and utilize the same 5-door wagon body style, they are even powered by the same Volkswagen-developed diesel engine! There is not much there to point us towards one vehicle or the other. Or is it?

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the Volkswagen being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the German car offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Seat with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Volkswagen badge with 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Exeo as average reliability-wise, and Passat is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as these two vehicles rank it on average as 4.2 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Seat is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 229 kilometers per hour, 5km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the German car, averaging around 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (53 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to the Spanish car.


Verdict

Volkswagen appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the German car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different direction, with Seat offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Volkswagen. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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