SEAT Toledo: practical but boring

Sep 27, 2012

What the motoring press is saying about the SEAT Toledo


Prices: £14,120 - £17,840

Pros: Huge boot, spacious rear seats, good engines

Cons: Dull styling, uninspiring drive, sparse standard equipment

4.1/5, Carbuyer
"The SEAT Toledo sits between the Ibiza and the Leon in SEAT's line-up. Despite looking like a saloon car, it actually has a hatchback boot, so there's a huge boot opening that makes it easy to transport large items with minimal fuss. It's almost identical to the Skoda Rapid – and almost identically priced too – but is designed as an alternative to family cars like the Volkswagen Golf. It has far more space than the Golf and is a lot cheaper, too, but doesn’t feel particularly high quality and isn’t very exciting to drive, either. Thanks to low running costs and its value price tag, the Toledo is definitely the type of car you buy with your head, not your heart"

4/5, Auto Express
"There's not much in the way of excitement in the way it looks or the way it drives, but for buyers looking for sensible family transport there's very little to criticise about the Toledo. It's spacious, easy to drive, refined and cheap to run, and those are the things that some buyers will put at the very top of their new car wish list."

3/5, What Car?
"In its cheapest form, the Toledo is priced to undercut many superminis. However, the petrol and diesel models that we drove start at £15,150 and £16,640 respectively. For the same sort of money, you can have comparable versions of the Hyundai i30 and Kia Cee'd. These cars aren’t as spacious as the Toledo – particularly in the boot – but we reckon they represent better value overall because they counter with more upmarket cabins and superior comfort and refinement. "

3.5/5, Parker's
"Useful 550 litre bootspace, green Ecomotive engines, affordable purchase price. Resale values won't be strong, restricted middle rear seat, not as composed as VW Golf or Ford Focus and interior plastics could be better."

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