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Seat Exeo Multitronic

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"The gears can be switched between manually via paddles behind the steering wheel, or left to their own devices in the standard automatic mode"

"The gears can be switched between manually via paddles behind the steering wheel, or left to their own devices in the standard automatic mode"

What is it?

Seat has made no secret of the fact that the Exeo is a rebadged and refreshed last-generation Audi A4, and it's that same part sharing arrangement which has led to the creation of this new automatic version.

The gearbox in question is an unaltered Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Multitronic affair with seven ratios. They can be switched between manually via paddles behind the steering wheel, or left to their own devices in the standard automatic mode. The gearbox is not being rolled out across the whole range though, with just the 141bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine set to benefit.

Seat has also used the Multitronic's arrival as an opportunity to make some minor tweaks to the surprisingly successful Exeo, opting to marginally increase legroom in the rear by 44mm by changing the seat angle and scooping a little more out of the back of the front seats.

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