SEAT Toledo review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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SEAT Toledo

review onwards)


What: Toledo (2012 onwards)

Madrid – Toledo,

Date: September 2012

£12,500 (TBC) –

Available: January 2013

Key Skoda Rapid, Chevrolet Hyundai i30, Kia Cee’d, MG6

The for money is strong with one – designed and engineered the Skoda Rapid, the SEAT offers masses of room for not cash.

We like: big cabin, big inoffensive to drive, better than the Skoda, strong

First impressions

After an of three years, the SEAT is back – but if you’ve got a creeping sense of déjà vu the car pictured in the gallery above because you have in fact it before. Under the skin, the new is the exact same machine as the Skoda Rapid .

The SEAT a new nose and backside, in keeping the latest Ibiza and the forthcoming and the result is sharper, more – if only in a relative compared to the Skoda. It maintains the illusion of looking like a saloon, while actually a deeply practical five-door


As with the Rapid, the is intended as a high value, choice in the new car market, a model complements the Spanish brand’s range rather than anything. Officially based on an version of the Ibiza platform, it in between the supermini and the Leon hatch.

It will be priced aggressively – the base is set to cost just £12,500 generally comes well and is looking to take the fight to like the Chevrolet Cruze, Kia and MG6. If you’re after of space for little money, the Toledo could be for you.

Just don’t go expecting any surprises compared to the Skoda. The two were developed in partnership, and the exact same engine

We’re told not even the or steering settings are different.

Buyers will likely the pair based on brand the way they look or – the kinds of no-nonsense customer talking about here the geographical vicinity of the dealerships.

to recap the engine choices the Skoda, petrol options from a 75hp 1.2 to a 122hp 1.4 TSI DSG automatic, with a pair of 1.2 TSI in the middle offering 85hp or The only diesel is a 1.6 TDI, in 90hp and 105hp states of We tried the 105hp variants of fuels.

As such, like the the Toledo is refined at speed and leaves you desperately wanting for even if it will also leave you breathless. The five-speed would benefit from a gear ratio, and while the requires more effort, its full compliment of cogs is fun.


Ride and

Fun, like style, is a term when it comes to the Though SEAT has built a competent car – more that even – you be itching to take this bad boy on any runs. Steering that up nicely as you turn means you do connected to the front wheels, but no than that.

As if underlining this, the prescribed driving routes focused on lengthy dual carriageway occasionally troubled by gently bends. Since these telling us very much we to Top Gunning deserted roundabouts the SEAT shrugging this off more of a yawn than a

Less weight over the wheels means the little is happier with such direction changes than the which quickly starts its springs and dampers with a motion that encourages But neither was ever in danger of anything other than safe. Fair enough.

The ride quality disappointed we tested it in bumpy Slovakia; by Spain’s roads are generally smooth, flattering the Toledo. this couldn’t hide the slight fidgetiness at higher though, and the UK’s surfaces prove a tougher challenge. it to be a bit bouncy as a result.


If space is a priority, you probably won’t care if the comfort isn’t first – the Toledo’s interior is roomy. For example, there’s rear legroom here in the current Leon (it’ll best the new one as well), and the 550-litre is truly enormous.

To the extent it actually offers more than the latest Ford estate (476 litres) and the Insignia saloon (530 to name but two. The rear fold to expand this – SEAT hasn’t put a on the result but judging by the Rapid stow 1,490 litres.

If the differences between the two are limited on the it takes only a quick over the cabin to see they’re non-existent on the inside. The only we’ve spotted are the door and the dials – though brands have their own of upholstery.


This the Toledo misses out on the Rapid’s handy seat-side pockets, but get the option of a beige finish to of the dash. Lovely. Overall, the seems more Skoda SEAT – though to our that’s no bad thing.

Plastics are solid, but not soft Nothing creaks or rattles.

are three trim levels though the entry-level E grade is offered with the basic 1.2-litre petrol, and is sparsely to achieve that projected price. To step up to the next you’ll need to find but for that you also get a turbocharger.

buyers are expected to opt for S or SE, with air and Bluetooth standard highlights on the the latter adds alloys, cruise and rear electric Touchscreen sat-nav with DAB radio is optional on the SE only.

The thing that really the experience from inside the is the rear visibility. The back is tiny, thanks to the car’s haunches and thick rear Parking sensors may be advisable.

and safety

Although the Toledo the very latest safety – such as automatic braking technology – Stability Control and six airbags are on all models. There’s no Euro crash test results but we’d bank on four at the very least.

Almost every model in the emits less than CO2 (the only exceptions are the and 122hp petrols), while versions of the 105hp engines stop-start to reduce fuel this brings the diesel as low as 104g/km – with economy of 72.4mpg.

The MSN Cars

We aren’t talking about a buy kind of car here – fully acknowledges it expects to just one Toledo for every new Leons in the UK. Yet there really is little you can fault about the job been done.

The shape to SEAT’s design language naturally than Skoda’s, and if never going to thrill you it is perfectly pleasant to drive. But as the Rapid, it’s the space and you get for the money that’s likely to the Toledo. And we can’t really with that.

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