Seat Toledo Review
Seat Toledo SE 1.6 TDI Ecomotive Tested
Seat have updated a lot of their models in recent years, the Ibiza, Leon have all had facelifts as has the larger Toledo. It has been around since 1991 and now is into its fourth generation.
Seat Toledo Exterior and Interior
Aimed at the family market, the Toledo combines stylish saloon design with the versatility of an estate. Quite angular looking it has the same front exterior design as the Ibiza and it’s in that department that Seat have won over many buyers of late with their sporty looks.
Like all Seats, they’re extremely comfortable, spacious and ideal cars for families. Boot space is 550 litres, which is best in class and rear seats can be folded down for increased space. The tailgate is rather heavy and if you’re short you will struggle to reach up and close it.
The interior does let it down slightly, it’s a bit too plasticky and the grey colour is quite insipid. It just loses that premium feel. The digital dials are easy to read and slotted between them is a screen that gives out information such as navigation, fuel economy figures and media.
There is a 5-inch inch touchscreen which also displays the same information and has DAB radio, bluetooth and navigation. All models come with an MP3-compatible CD player and S and SE models do have steering wheel controls.
There are four trim levels: E, S, SE and Ecomotive. A lot of equipment comes as standard on the Toledo including tinted windows, air-conditioning, body coloured door handles and mirrors, illuminated glovebox and height-adjustable driver’s seat.
SE adds front fog lights, side storage compartments in the boot, leather steering wheel and gear knob, front and rear armrest, electric rear windows and cruise control.
Seat Toledo Engine and Driving
Nowadays fuel economy is of great importance when car buying and Seat introduced their Ecomotive engines to help with this.
Their 1.6-litre diesel engine produces 105 PS, although extremely economical it makes for quite a sluggish choice. This engine will never be lightening quick but buyers aren’t going to be people looking for huge amounts of power. What they will be looking for is low CO2 emissions, this emits just 106g/km and with a combined MPG of 70.6 it has extremely low running costs.
Best results for this car are travelling on motorways; it cruises well and you’ll be able to travel for miles without having to fill up. Having driven the Ibiza and Leon, they are both great driving experiences, but the Toledo sadly isn’t the same. Steering is too light, feedback is very vague and as a driver you just never feel connected to the car.
Seat Toledo Safety
Gaining 5 stars in the EuroNCAP tests, it comes with a long list of security features including airbags, ABS (Anti-lock braking system), ESC (Electronic Stability Control). Hill Hold Control comes as an option with tyre pressure monitoring.
Seat Toledo Pricing
The Toledo we drove was £18,935, with options including 17-inch alloy wheels at £250 and paint costing an extra £175. The base model is available from £12,500 for the 1.2-litre 12V.
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