SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 80% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2017, SEAT achieved worldwide sales of nearly 470,000 vehicles.
The SEAT Group employs close to 14,700 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Leon and Arona. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia.
The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focused on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.
The SEAT Toledo: at a glance
- Fourth-generation Toledo combines exceptional practicality with impressive affordability
- Sharp styling gives Toledo the aesthetic of a saloon with the flexibility of a five-door hatchback
- Front end showcases distinctive, angular SEAT design
- More boot space than most D-segment cars (large family saloons), but priced at the low end of the C-segment (medium family hatchbacks)
- Class-leading 550-litre boot capacity extends to 1,490 litres with the rear bench folded
- Seats four adults in comfort: 2,602mm wheelbase is 22 mm longer than last Toledo (third generation), and 24 mm longer than Leon’s
- More rear legroom than Leon: Leon, 817 mm / Toledo, 850 mm
- Dimensions: 4482 mm long / 1706 mm wide / 1461 mm high
- Built on an extended version of the fourth generation Ibiza platform (PQ25), the Toledo bridges the gap between Ibiza and Leon in the SEAT model family
- Toledo adopts a new range for 2018 with a simplified model line-up: one body style, two engines and two equipment grades
- Powertrain choice of new three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 110 PS and six-speed manual transmission, or 1.6 TDI turbodiesel with 115 PS and five-speed manual gearbox
- Impressive fuel economy and emissions performance from both units – 61.4 mpg and 106 g/km for the petrol, 67.3 mpg and 109 g/km for the TDI
- Two trim levels: SE and XCELLENCE
- Generously equipped range, with standard SE features including air conditioning, body coloured door handles and door mirrors, steering wheel mounted audio and phone controls, Media System Touch (5” black and white touchscreen): USB port, aux-in, SD card slot, FM/AM radio, Bluetooth), split-folding rear seats, cooled glovebox, electronic stability control, leather steering wheel and gear knob trim, rear parking sensors, front and rear electric windows, power-adjustable heated door mirrors, Hill Hold Control, plus volumetric alarm, Tiredness Recognition System and Multi-Collision Brake
- XCELLENCE specification adds 17” alloy wheels, full LED lights package, front fog lights with cornering function, climate control, cruise control, dark tinted rear windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, six speaker audio, SEAT Media System Plus with Navigation System (6.5” colour touchscreen, 3D map display, high resolution driver’s colour display, DAB digital radio, voice recognition), illuminated front footwell and centre console and front parking sensors
- High standard specifications results in a short options lists that includes metallic paint, DAB radio (for SE grade) and Full Link smartphone integration
- Manufactured in Volkswagen Group’s Mlada Boleslav factory in the Czech Republic
The elegance of a saloon; the versatility of a hatchback
- Huge amount of space and practicality from a compact body
- Impressive value for money and low running costs
- Striking styling with superb build quality
- Toledo 2018 model range presented in a simplified line-up designed to make life easier for the customer
- Two powertrains, two equipment grades and generous specifications across the board
The current SEAT Toledo broke cover in 2013. The fourth-generation model moved away from the MPV looks of its predecessor, which ceased production in 2009, and reverted back to the blueprint of the 1992 original – a five-door ‘fastback’ with the appearance of a saloon, allied to the versatility of a wide-opening hatchback that reveals a staggeringly large boot.
It’s a formula that proved so popular in SEAT’s home country, that the original Spanish slogan for this latest Toledo was the legend returns; in total, SEAT sold more than 860,000 Toledo models across the first two generations. Total UK sales of the first three generations of the Toledo were 33,816, more than 22,000 of those the first-generation model.
The Toledo offers the practicality of a family car, in terms of its rear passenger space and luggage capacity, but packaged in a body that’s compact and manoeuvrable. The boot is a cavernous 550 litres and opens out to an estate-like 1,490 litres with the rear seats folded down.
For the 2018 model year, SEAT restructured the Toledo range, making life easier for the customer by simplifying the choices available: one body style, two engines and two highly specified equipment grades.
The engine options are SEAT’s new and highly efficient three-cylinder 1.0 TSI 110 PS turbo petrol unit and the established 1.6-litre TDI turbo diesel. The former comes with a six-speed manual transmission, the latter with a five-speed gearbox. Both are fuel-frugal and produce low CO2 emissions: 61.4 mpg and 106 g/km for the petrol, 67.3 and 109 g/km for the TDI.
The Toledo is available in SE or XCELLENCE trim. SE customers enjoy air conditioning, electric windows front and rear, SEAT Media System with 5” display, Bluetooth, power-adjustable heated door mirrors and front parking sensors, plus advanced safety features such as Tiredness Recognition and Multi Collision Brake. Move up to XCELLENCE trim and the standard spec’ extends to 17” alloys, full LED lighting, cruise control, part-Alcantara upholstery, front parking sensors and SEAT Media System Plus with a larger, colour display and Navigation System with 3D mapping, voice recognition and multiple connectivity features including additional USB ports and SD card slots.
As a result, the options list is short and simple: metallic paint, Full Link smartphone integration and DAB radio reception.
The revised Toledo model range features just two handsomely equipped grades: SE and XCELLENCE. Such is the level of equipment features provided as standard, there is just a handful of options, making life wonderfully uncomplicated for the customer when it comes to choosing the car they want.
As standard, every model in the range comes with standard features that include air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, leather steering wheel and gear knob trim, height-adjustable driver’s seat, rear parking sensors, power-adjustable heated door mirrors, cooled glovebox, four airbags, Multi-Collision Braking system, Tiredness Recognition System, Hill Hold Control and a 12V power outlet in the centre console.
The SE models further gain SEAT’s Media System Touch with a 5” monochrome display, four-speaker audio system, USB port, Aux-in and SD card slot.
The XCELLENCE versions have a no-holds-barred specification that introduces 17-inch alloys, full LED lights package, black Alcantara and leather-effect upholstery, gloss black dashboard insert, front parking sensors, cruise control, hangers, net and fixing rings in the boot, front and rear armrests, passenger seat height adjustment, climate control, dark-tinted rear windows, front parking sensors and an additional 12V outlet in the boot. The infotainment package includes Media System Plus, with a 6.5” colour display, MP3-compatible CD players, an additional USB port and SEAT’s Navigation System with 3D map display, high-resolution colour driver’s display, voice recognition and two SD card slots.
The options list includes metallic paint, DAB radio and Full Link smartphone integration.
Independent car safety organisation Euro NCAP awarded it the Toledo a maximum five-star safety rating in its benchmark crash testing programme in 2012 – including an immensely impressive 94% rating for adult occupant protection.
All models have driver and front passenger airbags (the latter of which can be disabled), two combined head-thorax front side airbags, and two side curtain airbags. And aside from the aforementioned ESC and EBA, anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard, as is Hill Hold Control, plus Tiredness Recognition (which monitors the driver’s steering wheel movements and if it detects signs of drowsiness, it pins up a visual alert to take a break) and Multi-Collision Brake (which applies the brakes in an emergency situation to either prevent or mitigate the consequences of a subsequent impact after a collision).
Every model is also equipped with five three-point seatbelts, including seatbelt reminders, and the ISOFIX mountings come with top tether anchorage points for the two outer rear seats.
The Multi-Collision Brake detects when the car has been involved in an accident, for example if an airbag has been fired, and applies the brakes. This helps prevent or lessen the severity of a subsequent impact, should the driver have lost consciousness or the ability to control the vehicle in some way. At the same, the hazard warning lights and brake lights are illuminated. All versions of the Toledo benefit from this system.
The Tiredness Recognition system detects when the driver has become tired and sounds an alert, recommending they take a break from the wheel. The system learns the driver’s style of driving over the course of journey, monitoring the way the steering wheel is used. It notices when there’s a particular deviation from the normal pattern of behaviour that may be a sign that the driver has become tired and is losing attention. At that point it will sound an alert and light up a warning on the information display in the instrument binnacle. The system is fitted as standard to all Toledo models.
Sharpness with elegance
- Striking styling follows sharp SEAT design language
- Styling directed by SEAT Head of Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos
- Five-door practicality with the classic silhouette of a saloon
The striking exterior form of the Toledo is the culmination of an aesthetic journey that began at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with the eye-catching SEAT IBL Concept. The IBL was a four-door saloon whose flowing lines, sharp creases and sleek silhouette gave it the appearance of a coupé.
By the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, less than a year later, the IBL had become the Toledo Concept, a ‘close-to-production study’ that was, to all intents and purposes, today’s Toledo. All the elements of the production Toledo were in place, including a switch from a four-door saloon layout to a far more practical five-door hatchback design.
Former SEAT President James Muir said of the Toledo Concept at the time that it “illustrates our idea of the perfect mid-range car (and) is an excellent combination of emotional design, top-level usability and dynamic driving characteristics.”
Aside from the loss of the pre-requisite motor show specification wheels, the production Toledo has remained true to the design study – and fulfilled SEAT’s Geneva 2012 proclamations.
Revealed in production form in July 2012, the Toledo is the work of a team led by Head of SEAT Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos. Its styling proves that a five-door, compact hatchback can be exceptionally emotional, sporty and elegant.
The broad, angular headlamps, the slender, trapezoidal grille, the lower air intake and the horizontal rear light clusters generate an added visual breadth for the car.
The designers injected an extra refinement into the roofline; it runs in an elegant arc to the broad C-pillar, which rises smoothly from the rear side portion. The low lying rear windscreen gives the new SEAT the look of a coupé, without in any way diminishing its versatility and functionality.
Exceptional practicality from a compact body
- Seats five adults in comfort
- Enormous 550-litre boot space
- Wide-opening tailgate for great accessibility
The Toledo defines clever packaging and space efficiency. Its five three-point seatbelts aren’t wishful thinking – it will comfortably seat five adults, with proper headroom front and back; the space between the front seat bases and the roof lining is 1,014 mm, and 972 mm at the back.
Behind the occupants is a 550-litre boot that dwarfs that of the majority of family hatchbacks. By comparison.
With the rear seats folded down (split-folding as standard), luggage capacity swells to 1,490 litres, making the Toledo a hugely flexible load carrier. Practicality flourishes such as an 11.5-litre glovebox, deep door pockets, and nets, hangers and fixing rings in the boot (XCELLENCE models) make the Toledo an outstanding do-it-all family car.
In addition, to satisfy the requirements of customers with a thirst for the great outdoors, buyers can specify roof rails, a large luggage box, a ski/snowboard/surfboard rack and a bicycle holder from the SEAT Toledo accessories list.
The functionality theme continues for the driver with a dashboard that’s an object lesson in clarity and ease of use. The instrument binnacle is clear and easy to read, as is the central dashboard stack housing the heating and stereo controls; the radio functionality is intuitive and non-distracting.
Driver comfort is another priority with the Toledo, evidenced by a driving position that’s highly adjustable and suited to people of all shapes and sizes. Steering wheel reach and height-adjustment are standard across the range, and the major controls are positioned for ergonomic efficiency as much as for aesthetic appeal.
Engineering and engines
- Exceptional refinement and build quality
- Built alongside Skoda Rapid in Volkswagen’s Mladá Boleslav facility
- Range of efficient yet powerful engines
The Toledo was co-developed with Skoda and is built on the same line as the Skoda Rapid in Volkswagen Group’s Czech Republic factory, Mladá Boleslav. Like many other Volkswagen Group products, it benefits from shared architecture and components, but the Toledo was developed and designed with the SEAT customer firmly in mind.
Built on a stretched version of the previous (fourth) generation Ibiza platform, it boasts outstanding refinement and makes the very best use if its exterior dimensions.
Comfort was a priority for the Toledo, so SEAT’s engineers assisted in setting up the multi-link front and semi-rigid axle rear suspension to deal with every type of road surface in as fuss-free a fashion as possible.
But the car still delivers the sporty handling characteristics that SEAT is renowned for, thanks in part to its finely tuned electro-hydraulic power assisted steering, which uses a variable output pump that provides electrical assistance on demand, maximising energy efficiency and thus saving fuel. The direct setup of the steering not only gives the Toledo sharp handling characteristics, but also makes it easy to place when parking or doing low-speed manoeuvres.
The engine line-up comprises two units: a three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol with 110 PS and a 1.6-litre TDI turbodiesel with 115 PS. Both use manual transmissions – six-speed for the petrol, five-speed for the diesel and both comply with EU6 emissions standards.
The modern, lightweight 1.0 TSI engine uses direct fuel injection and musters its maximum power at 5,500 rpm. There’s also a healthy 200 Nm of torque on tap, from just 2,000 rpm. Official combined cycle test figures for CO2 emissions and fuel economy are highly respectable at 106 g/km and 61.4 mpg.
The 1.6-litre TDI engine reaches peak output at 3,500 rpm, while a prodigious 250 Nm of torque can be accessed from as low as 1,500 rpm. The benchmark data for emissions and fuel consumption are 109 g/km and 67.3 mpg.
The petrol-powered Toledo is equipped with 256 mm front discs, while the diesel models have larger, 288 mm units; both benefit from 230 mm discs at the rear.
Anti-lock braking (ABS) is standard on all models, as is electronic stability control (ESC) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), which mitigates the effects of an imminent collision by automatically applying extra braking pressure.
It is these intelligent safety systems, as well as a chassis built using a large proportion of high strength steel at key points, which contribute to the Toledo’s outstanding five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Amazingly cost-effective, yet packed with standard equipment
- Standard equipment generous, with true ‘big car’ kit list further up the range
- Extremely attractive insurance costs
- Comprehensive warranty cover
Insurance groups/BIK and VED bandings
As well as being priced so as to make it one of the best value compact cars on the market, the Toledo continues to be a joy on the financial front throughout ownership, thanks to low repair costs, innovative safety features and robust security.
Insurance group rating (1-50)
SE 1.0 TSI 110 PS
SE 1.6 TDI 115 PS
XCELLENCE 1.0 TSI 110 PS
XCELLENCE 1.6 TDI 115 PS
The warranty package offered with Toledo includes:
- Three-year/60,000 mile warranty (comprises two-year manufacturer’s warranty with unlimited mileage plus a further one-year dealer warranty limited to 60,000 miles)
- 12-year anti-perforation warranty
- Three-year paintwork warranty against manufacturing defects
- Two-year SEAT Assistance roadside assistance package valid in 33 countries throughout Europe and bordering countries