Seat Toledo

Seat Toledo Motability car sideThe Seat Toledo is a no nonsense 5 door hatchback (despite looking like a booted saloon) which is neither thrilling nor disappointing to drive. The styling; while modern and compact will not set your heart racing. Seat as part of the Volkswagen stable have been making a name for themselves producing sporty and design specific cars but the Toledo does not seem fit this company ethos, without being unkind the Toledo it is just a little unexciting, but for buyers looking for sensible family transport there’s very little to criticise about the Toledo as it is very spacious, the boot has 550 litres of space, it is easy to drive, refined and offers excellent value, you may wish to look at the new Skoda Octavia which offers a wider choice of engines and is very similar to the Toledo.


Seat Toledo Motability car boot

The Toledo, to mobility customers, is available in three trim levels, the ‘SE’, Style and Style Advance, we find the ‘SE’ trim a little mean, there are no alloy wheels only 15″ steel wheels with covers, you do enjoy voice controlled bluetooth audio, manual air conditioning, electric heated door mirrors, electric front windows and a height adjustable drivers seat but to enjoy the Toledo you need to be in the Style model where you do get 16″ alloys, climate control, cruise control, front and rear armrests, electric rear windows, front fog lights, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob and a built in 6.5″ touch screen with sat nav, The Style Advance adds 17″ alloy wheels, LED taillights, grey alcantara and black ‘simil’ leather upholstery, illuminated gloss black dashboard inlays, front and rear parking sensors with Optical Parking System display and keyless entry and start.


Seat Toledo Motability car interior

The Toledo, for manual gearbox drivers, is best with the six speed 1.0 petrol TSi, it has 108bhp of power and feels like an engine considerably larger, it is not noisy or underpowered in any way and you will be amazed by the way it pulls in such a large car, 0-62 can be reached in 9.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 124 miles per hour, economy is excellent with an official return of 61.4 miles per gallon. The other engine option is a 1.6 litre diesel with 115 bhp and a 0-62 time of 10 seconds but can return 68.9 miles per gallon from a 5 speed manual gearbox. The Automatic choice is limited to a 1.4 litre diesel with 89bhp which is a little underpowered for a car this size even with a seven speed dual clutch automatic.


Seat Toledo Motability car

The Toledo may not be to everyone’s taste, it may be perceived as a bit dull or even boring but once you look a little deeper and start looking for a car with the same room you quickly realise that being a bit dull can be excellent news for your wallet. The Skoda Octavia makes for better offer.


Autumnr Best Buy – Seat Toledo 1.0 TSi petrol (108 bhp)  manual ‘Style’   –  £599 Advance Payment (£63.40 wpms)