Seat is a Spanish car manufacturer owned by the Volkswagen Group that has established a reputation for sporty styling aimed at a more youthful buyer.
In recent years, the introduction of Volkswagen’s famously reliable engineering to the Seat models has improved the quality of its cars and allowed it to expand its market share in the UK.
Seat has made inroads into several segments of the market, including the supermini, small family car and MPV sectors. Seat has cultivated a sporty image though its design – and the Spanish manufacturer sells a range of hot hatches, including the fearsome Lean Cupra R, which has garnered excellent new Seat reviews.
The Seat range largely consist of small, sporty hatchbacks that consistently receive impressive Seat ratings for their stylish, sharp design and impressive engine line-ups courtesy of its parentage and links with VW Group.
They combine stunning looks – with dynamic front-ends and sharp lines – with potent engines, particularly in the form of its Cupra, Cupra R and FR specifications which add more power to standard versions and genuinely impressive performance figures.
Seat’s efficient engines are just as easy to pick out from the line-up and carry Ecomotive and E Ecomotive badging.
Ecomotive versions secure some Seat reviews because they are much improved in terms of emissions and fuel economy when compared to standard models, however it’s Seat’s E Ecomotive versions that garner the best Seat reviews and Seat ratings.
E Ecomotive models are more efficient and emit less CO2 than Ecomotive models, which is why there’s an extra E in their title, apparently. On small models, the E Ecomotive signature allows models to break the 100g/km threshold in terms of CO2 emissions, reducing running costs and taxation.
The Spanish manufacturer offers attractive list prices, which are often lower than those of competitors. As a result it viewed as a more affordable option to more established manufacturers in the UK.
That’s no bad thing for the manufacturer because it continues to pull new buyers in off the back of its budget reputation and positive Seat ratings.
In 2011, the manufacturer improved its market share and with the recent addition of the Seat Mii – a small city car that has already received positive new Seat reviews – the brand looks well placed for growth in the UK and Europe.
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