We have before us the fourth generation of the Spanish Seat Toledo. A name launched in 1991 and after varied forms and types of body it arrived today at the fourth generation and the five-door liftback body type. Basically, today’s model reflects the original DNA. Because in 1991, when Seat launched Toledo, the model was a compact sedan in two volumes and a half tailgate based on the Golf II platform, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Then the rounded sedan launched in 1999, the model that most of us still associate it with the name of the model. The third generation was the strangest one, a sort of MPV born in the era of Walter da Silva, probably the Toledo model with the lowest success.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style Engine / Transmission 3.5/5
The 1,598 cc engine, the new workhorse of the Volkswagen group, is perhaps the most widespread TDI engine of the group’s models. Seat Toledo could not make an exception. We thus have a Toledo powered by a diesel engine developing 105 hp at 4,400 rpm and a torque of 250 Nm at 1,500 rpm.
It’s an economic engine, but less refined than its cousin the 2.0 TDI. When we exploit the entire rev range, the 1.6 TDI engine becomes quite noisy and it will make its presence felt inside the car. But it is lively enough to give the new Toledo enough power in outruns. The manual gearbox has only five gears, but it is pleasant to use, the linkage being precise as we got used to by the Volkswagen group. The five-speed gearbox offered for smaller displacement diesel models has become a standard in the industry, manufacturers considering that the sixth gear is not required.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style Consumption 4/5
The 1.6 TDI unit is an economic engine, but technology has progressed immensely in the backyard of the competition as well. The official average of this engine associated with the new Seat Toledo is 4.4 liters / 100 km. It’s an ok figure that puts Toledo in mid ranking of compacts with trunks. The most economic engine in this segment is the 95 hp 1.3 CDTI of the Opel Astra Sedan (average consumption of 4.1 litres/100 km), while the “hungriest” on is the 1.3 M-Jet 95 hp engine used by the Fiat Linea model, with an average of 4.9 liters. Regarding diesel consumption in city driving, Seat official consumes 5.6 litres/100 km. The trip computer reported a consumption that varied between 6.7 and 8.5 liters per 100 km depending on traffic and driving style.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style Performance 4.5/5
Although we are dealing with a model and engine not designed for performance, but for everyday use and practicality, the 1.6 TDI and the 105 hp of theirs propels the new Seat Toledos from 0 to 100 km / h in just 10.1 seconds. It is the best time of the class, even faster than its nearly identical brother, the Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI, which proposes 10.4 seconds. The competition is somewhat lazy in this chapter, the slowest being the Opel Astra Sedan 1.3 CDTI 95 hp, which needs 14.6 seconds to reach 100 km / hour. In terms of top speed, Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI reaches 190 km / hour, being exceeded only by Volvo S40 D2, with 195 km / h and Ford Focus sedan 1.6 TDCI 115 hp.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style Interior 4/5
The model tested came equipped in top Style. In Seat’s vision this translates in light tone plastics and upholstery, but most materials are rough and rather unpleasant to the touch. We must not forget that the Toledo is basically the same car like Skoda Rapid, a two volumes and a half sedan designed for customers with a limited budget. The Seat version is, however, more stylish, and the Spanish were able to make Toledo an interesting car, which still cannot hide its origins. The plastics on the board are strong, and the layout is simple, most of the elements of the interior are common with Skoda Rapid. The console, at least, is the same. A clear example of the direction of “economic” that have marched the Seat engineers are the electrical windows: the model tested had electric windows for the rear doors as well, but they can be operated only by the rear seat passengers, the driver having command only of their and their right front passenger’s window.
The great advantage of the Seat Toledo is the space and its practicality. Four and even five passengers can travel without problems, the car being extremely spacious. The trunk is quite impressive. Due to the extremely wide opening tailgate it can contain very large objects without any problem. The luggage compartment volume is 550 liters, a record in this segment, second only to Skoda Octavia, an upper-class compact sedan model. Competitors approaching this figure are Volkswagen Jetta with 510 liters and Fiat Linea with 500 liters. The rest are below 500, Volvo S40 having only 357 liters.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style Price 4/5
This type of car has been designed for those who want a practical, good quality car, but whose price is in decent limits. SEAT Toledo falls in this category, the prices for the fourth generation starting from 13.986 EUR (VAT included). For a richer equipped diesel model equipment, as the Toledo Style, the price is 18.093 EUR.
Compared to the competitive offerings, we find that SEAT has a competitive price. Firstly, it is similar to group brother, the Skoda Rapid. The Czech model with the Elegance equipment and TDI engine costs 19,029 EUR. The Fiat Linea is the most approachable competitor with a price of 15,800 EUR, while Renault Fluence facelift is close with 18,900 EUR for the top diesel variant. The rest of the competition in this segment offers top equipment at prices that exceed the barrier of 20,000 EUR.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style Safety 5/5
The new Seat Toledo was not properly tested by EuroNCAP, but Skoda Rapid has gone through this treatment and EuroNCAP considers the results valid for the Toledo as well. The overall score was five stars with a degree of protection for adult passengers 94% and 80% for child occupants. Pedestrian protection score was 69%.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style comes with six standard airbags (front, side and curtain), plus the ESC (stability control) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) systems. A classic and sufficient pack for the features list concerning safety.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style Roadholding 3.5/5
Seat Toledo was designed for the daily use of a family and the suspension has been tuned for comfort. We are not dealing with a “boat”, but it is not a sports car, rigid on any turn. It is a successful compromise made by the Spanish engineers, a satisfactory road holding for a practical car. Seat Toledo, as well as Skoda Rapid, are the product of a difficult economic climate and want to attack the budget car segment offering more quality in areas such as the practical side or the roadholding. Seat Toledo is superior to the French or Italian models in the same segment concerning suspension and roadholding.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style Visibility 4.5/5
Visibility is a chapter where the new Seat Toledo is doing well. Responsible for this is the classic form of the body, with wide rear window and windshield large enough to makes life easier for the driver. An optional rear wiper helps in case of bad weather, and parking sensors are included in the optional Style Plus.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style Technology 4/5
List of gadgets and features for the new Seat Toledo is sufficient without being overwhelming. Seat has equipped the model with budget basics and gave up other to keep the price as low as possible. For example, there is no start-stop system, but there is simple automatic air conditioning (as does the Skoda Rapid) for the Style Toledo version. The audio is decent, you can connect external USB and AUX jacks and the mobile phone can be used via Bluetooth. There is also a board computer, cruise control, daytime running lights and fog lights.
Seat Toledo 1.6 TDI Style Design 4/5
Seat adopted a clean design style without too many embellishments, giving up the extra-rounded lines used by the previous generation models. If Skoda Rapid prefers a design with clean and modern lines, Toledo is classier and maybe more pleasing visually. It has a little more personality, but will not turn too many heads on the street. It is a visually warm sedan, but extremely practical and rigorous inside.
• Attractive Design
• Economic engine
• Huge trunk
We didn’t like
• Certain materials
• Common profile with Skoda Rapid