SEAT Toledo: An Average Spanish Car

SEAT Toledo

The Volkswagen Group seems to have a plethora of compacts everywhere you go. Offerings from Skoda, SEAT and VW seem to match up to the conglomerate’s plan to inundate this segment. Thus, Golf is the ultimate offering from VW, followed by the Skoda Rapid and then eventually we have the SEAT Toledo. The Toledo as a model for SEAT features somewhere between the Ibiza and Leon. The car is a lot larger than the Rapid and offers more practicality, other than that don’t expect much except for affordability.

What’s in a Name?

Toledo was the capital city of Spain under the Romans. It was located near the Tagus River.

The History

Interestingly, the Toledo was the first car to be manufactured under Volkswagen Group ownership. It was built under the Golf Mk2 Volkswagen Group A2 platform and was unveiled back in 1991. The first generation Toledo was a five-door liftback sedan, and its production lasted from 1991-1999.

Current Model

Currently, the Toledo has reached its fourth generation (Type NH). This generation has quite a story, as SEAT introduced a larger family car back in 2009 the SEAT Exeo which was based on the Audi A4 and it was meant to replace the Toledo. The Toledo was removed in 2009 due to poor sales, thus the Exeo lasted until 2013, where ironically it was replaced by the Toledo. The new Toledo featured first as a concept back in the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and started sales in the latter half of the same year.

The Variants

The SEAT Toledo is available in three trims:

  • E
  • S
  • SE

SEAT Toledo

The Powertrain

Powering the Toledo are a set of petrol and diesel four cylinder engines. The most powerful diesel engine is the 1.6L TDI that manages to churn out 104 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. As for the most powerful engine of the range, that honour belongs to the 1.4L TSI petrol engine which produces 120 bhp and 200 Nm of torque.


The Toledo has more room, but with bland styling and a jittery ride you’ll feel disappointed with its cabin. However, I got to say with more room the Toldeo’s interior will be more practical as compared to some of its rivals.


Nothing to really write home about or to set it apart. It looks contemporary, but will feel a little bit insecure next to a Ford Focus or Golf.

Our Verdict

Well to be honest this car really doesn’t have an angle other than it’s a bit larger, than its rivals. Literally, there are better cars than the Toledo in almost all its aspects. There are cars that drive better or are more elegantly designed. Now the best part of this car must be its affordability. Also, we have to factor in practicality and efficiency. The levels of efficiency you can get from the Toledo’s 1.6L TDI diesel engine is unbelievable with 72.4 mpg. As for practicality the Toledo actually has 500 litres of boot space, which is 200 litres more than the capacity of the Volkswagen Golf. With all that in mind, if you are looking for a practical, efficient and affordable sedan, then the Toledo should definitely feature in your list.

If you are sold on the idea of buying a Toledo you should start to budget from £ 16,945.

The Toledo is a larger more efficient, practical and affordable offering, however will this be enough to save it from bad sales numbers this time? Have your say, leave a comment.

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