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SEAT Toledo review

The SEAT Toledo is a spacious and practical saloon, and it offers great value for money, too

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

  • Huge boot, spacious rear seats, affordable price
  • Dull styling, uninspiring drive, jittery ride

The SEAT Toledo sits between the Ibiza and the Leon in the range, and is almost exactly the same car as the Skoda Rapid. It's a lot cheaper than the Skoda, though, and it's practical, too, with huge amounts of space thanks to its hatchback body. The SEAT Toledo is available in three specifications - entry-level E, mid-range S and top-of-the-range SE. Although it's bigger and cheaper than a Volkswagen Golf, it doesn't offer much in the way of driving thrills like the Golf does.

Engines, performance and drive

There are two petrol engines on offer, a 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre, and there's also a 1.6-litre TDI Ecomotive. The diesel is the best overall, it reaches 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds, which is more than enough performance for driving around town, and suitable for the motorway, too. Meanwhile, the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrols manage 55.4mpg and 45.6mpg respectively. It's worth mentioning that in terms of driver enjoyment, there's not that much fun to be had with the SEAT Toledo. The ride isn't as composed as you'll find in a Volkswagen Golf or the Ford Focus, either.

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

On the whole, the SEAT Toledo is pretty inexpensive to run. The 1.6-litre TDI diesel is the most frugal by far, it manages 72.4mpg, which should get you a tank range of around 850 miles. It also emits 104g/km of CO2, meaning it just misses out on the tax-free 100g/km mark. The turbocharged 1.2-litre TSI, meanwhile, returns 55.4mpg and emits 119g/km of CO2.

Interior, design and technology

Outer appearance isn't really a strong point for the SEAT Toledo. It's intended as a funkier version of the Skoda Rapid, but still, it's not likely to turn many heads. It comes in three main specifications, ranging from the entry-level E, mid-range S and top-of-the-range SE. Entry-level models miss out on alloy wheels and make do with steel wheels. Meanwhile, on a mid-range SEAT Toledo S, you'll find body coloured door handles and door mirrors. At the top of the range, The SEAT Toledo gets steering wheel-mounted audio controls, six speakers and a USB port. The dashboard of the SEAT Toledo is centred around simplicity, and most people will be able navigate themselves around the cabin easily. 

Practicality, comfort and boot space

Thanks to the large dimensions of the SEAT Toledo, there's a hefty 500 litres of boot space on offer. That's 200 litres bigger than a Volkswagen Golf, and there's a wide hatchback opening that provides great accessibility. You can also easily fold down the rear seats to create even more boot space, too. Mid-range S models get split-folding rear seats, but they don't fold entirely flat. Legroom is plentiful and there's enough headroom for tall adults to sit in relative comfort.

Reliability and Safety

In the 2013 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, SEAT finished 27th out of 32 - not a great start. The SEAT Toledo itself didn't qualify for the survey, but it did secure the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests. The Toledo comes with anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control (ESP) and a host of airbags, including front, side, head and additional chest airbags all fitted as standard. Plus, the SEAT Toledo shares a similar platform to the Volkswagen Polo, which means it's tried and tested - few Polos have issues with engines or anything else for that matter.

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