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What car would you recommend to replace my Passat?

I'm in the market for a new car. I drive a Passat at the moment and can't imagine I will have any problem selling it on as it's a diesel with a service record. Some one told me that SEAT has a new car coming out similar to the Passat or Skoda Superb. Can you tell me if they are any good?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Derek O'Mahony (Galway) - Wed, 05 May 2010 21:54


Firstly, trading in your car won't be a problem at all if you are bringing the car in against a new model, but you might not get as much for your car as you would have first expected. Selling it privately can be a little trickier these days too as buyers are harder to find because of the lack of available finance, quite simply.

Now, in terms of the car, the SEAT that you are talking about is probably the Exeo, which hasn't been on the market too long. It is a nice car, basically a rebadged previous-generation Audi A4. You have a choice of 1.6- and 2.0-litre petrol or a 2.0-litre diesel. Prices start at €26,690. Go to for the latest line-up and pricing.

Answered by: Complete Car Adviser

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I've had a SEAT Exeo ST on loan for a few months now. That's the estate version, but big boot aside the four-door saloon should feel the same. It's a great all-rounder with plenty of space, loads of standard equipment and even though it's based on the old Audi A4 as Paddy says, it has its own distinctive look. Beware though that SEAT is the VW Group's sporty brand, so the suspension is set up on the firm side of comfortable. That'll appeal to drivers that like the extra control, but you might find that it's a little less comfortable than your Passat.

In contrast, the Skoda Superb's chassis is biased towards comfort. It really is a great car and is vast inside, even in comparison to the Passat. I'll admit though that it's probably not as desirable as either the VW or the SEAT in terms of status symbol. Prices start at €24,380, but as ever check out the car maker's own site for the latest information:

Posted by Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Adviser (Dublin) - Wed, 05 May 2010 22:01:24

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