SEAT Toledo

About SEAT

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 81% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of nearly 410,000 vehicles.

 

SEAT Group employs more than 14,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon. 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 focussed 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, as seen on Ibiza and Leon family
  • 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 down
  • 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 Ibiza and Leon: Ibiza, 745 mm / Leon, 817 mm / Toledo, 850 mm
  • Dimensions: 4482 mm long / 1706 mm wide / 1461 mm high
  • Built on an extended version of the Ibiza platform (PQ25), the Toledo bridges the gap between Ibiza and Leon in the SEAT model family
  • Impressive fuel economy across the range; 1.4 TDI 90PS Manual capable of 83.1 mpg combined
  • Three engines: one petrol (1.2 TSI 110PS) and two diesel (1.4 TDI 90 PS Manual/ DSG auto, 1.6 TDI 115 PS). 1.4 TDI 90PS Manual  emits just 89 g/km
  • Choice of five- and six-speed manual gearboxes and a seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic
  • Ecomotive technology on every engine, adding start/stop system and energy recovery
  • Three trim levels: SE, Style and Style Advanced
  • Generously equipped range, with standard features such as air conditioning, body coloured door handles and door mirrors, steering wheel mounted audio and phone controls, Media System Touch (five-inch black and White touchscreen): USB port, aux-in, SD card slot, FM/AM radio, Bluetooth® audio streaming and voice control), split-folding rear seats, front electric windows and electronic stability control, leather steering wheel and gearknob, rear parking sensors, front and rear electric Windows, Hill Hold Control, plus volumetric alarm, Tiredness Recognition System and Multi-Collision Brake
  • Style specification adds 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights with cornering function, climate control with cooled glove box, cruise control, dark tinted rear Windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, six speakers, Navigation System (6.5-inch colour touchscreen, 3D map display, high resolution driver’s colour display, DAB digital radio, voice recognition, iPod connection), illuminated front footwell and centre console
  • Style Advanced profers 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, grey alcantara with black simil leather upholstery, KESSY (Keyless Enter and Go) and front and rear parking sensors with Optical Parking System
  • Plethora of options, including’s SEAT innovative Full Link (MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple Car Play for seamless smartphone connectivity), DAB digital radio (SE), Full LED headlights. Series of Packs are also available such as Winter Pack (heated front seats, headlight washer system with heated nozzles), Convenience Pack (auto lights and wipers and auto-dimming rear view mirror), Comfort Drive (cruise control and front fog lights with cornering function). For added style, Titanium Pack offers 17-inch titanium-coloured alloy wheels and door mirrors. Lastly, Front Assist (in-built laser to gauge proximity of other vehicles and automatically activates the brakes to avoid a collision in given speed range)
  • Manufactured in Volkswagen Group’s Mlada Boleslav factory in the Czech Republic

 

Overview

The elegance of a saloon; the versatility of a hatchback

 

  • Toledo returns to the formula of the original, hugely successful model
  • Huge amount of space and practicality from a compact body
  • Impressive value for money and low running costs
  • Striking styling with superb build quality

 

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.

 

With the first Toledo beginning a trend that would be mimicked by other manufactures, it’s no surprise that the company has returned to the car’s roots for this version.

 

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 huge 550 litres (compared to 380 litres in the Leon) and opens out to an estate-like 1,490 litres with the rear seats folded down. Compare that to the 541 litre capacity of the Ford Mondeo hatchback, and you can start to appreciate how much space it manages to cram in.

 

Put that into the context of affordable prices, with CO2 emissions as low as 89 g/km and impressive fuel economy of up to 83.1 mpg combined, and the very appealing ownership proposition of the Toledo becomes clear. Here is a car with style, space and low running costs.

 

The engine range comprises one petrol unit and two diesel. A 1.4 TDI 90PS manual kicks off the range, followed by a 1.4 TDI 90PS DSG-Auto, 1.6 TDI 115PS and 1.2 110PS petrol.

 

Aside from its impressive 99 g/km CO2 emissions rating, which endows it with VED-free status, the Toledo 1.4 TDI DSG-Auto boasts frugality in the realm of 72.4 mpg (official combined fuel economy) – staggeringly parsimonious for a car with so much space.

 

Across the range it’s a similar story, with the 1.2 TSI 110 PS petrol version returning up to 57.6 mpg and 110 g/km CO2. The 1.6 TDI delivers up to 72.4 mpg with 101 g/km.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment

 

Despite its appealing pricing and running costs, the Toledo is by no means a ‘budget’ car, and is available with a full complement of comfort, convenience, luxury and safety equipment.

 

Every model in the range comes generously equipped, with standard features such as air conditioning, body coloured door handles and door mirrors, steering wheel mounted audio and phone controls, Media System Touch (five-inch black and White touchscreen): USB port, aux-in, SD card slot, FM/AM radio, Bluetooth® audio streaming and voice control), split-folding rear seats, front electric windows and electronic stability control, leather steering wheel and gearknob, rear parking sensors, front and rear electric Windows, Hill Hold Control, plus volumetric alarm. Recently, Tiredness Recognition System and Multi-Collision Brake have also been added to the core specification.

 

Moving up from SE to Style specification adds 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights with cornering function, climate control with cooled glove box, cruise control, dark tinted rear windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, six speakers, Navigation System (6.5-inch colour touchscreen, 3D map display, high resolution driver’s colour display, DAB digital radio, voice recognition, USB and aux-in connection), illuminated front footwell and centre console.

 

Rounding off the range is Style Advanced which offers 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, grey alcantara with black simil leather upholstery, KESSY (Keyless Enter and Go), front and rear parking sensors with Optical Parking System

 

 

Safety

 

The SEAT Toledo is one of the safest family cars on the road, a statement ratified by venerable car safety organisation Euro NCAP, who awarded it the maximum five-star safety rating in its benchmark crash safety testing programme in 2012 – including an immensely impressive 94% rating for adult occupant protection.

 

All models get 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 gets five three-point seatbelts, including seatbelt reminders, and the ISOFIX mountings come with Top Tether anchorage points for the two outer rear seats.

Design

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.

 

The IBL was powered by a hybrid drivetrain, sat on 20-inch alloy wheels and illuminated the road ahead with a pair of full-LED headlamps – technology that has since found its way into the Leon.

 

By the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the following March, 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 one.

 

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 James Muir’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. It mimics the styling, particularly at the front end, of the Mii, Ibiza and Leon models – and proves that a five-door, compact hatchback can be exceptionally emotional, sporty and elegant.

 

The broad, angular headlamps are a feature of the brand’s current design DNA.  Together with the trapezoidal, extremely slender grille, the lower air intake and the horizontal rear light clusters, they bring added visual breadth to the car.

The designers injected an extra portion of 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 impacting in any way its versatility and functionality.

“The Toledo is a timeless personality.  It combines classically modern lines with understated sporting character and a high level of everyday practicality.  It is the SEAT among saloon cars, with excellent design quality in every detail,” says Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos.

Interior

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, the Ford Focus has a 316-litre boot, and the new SEAT Leon hatchback’s – itself close to being biggest in class – is 380 litres.

 

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 like a 11.5-litre, unfussily shaped glovebox, deep door pockets, and nets, hangers and fixing rings in the boot (Style specification), make the Toledo an outstanding do-it-all family car.    

 

In addition, to satiate the requirements of very active families, 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, thanks to a dashboard that’s the pinnacle of clarity. 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, with both the colour and non-colour touchscreens.

 

Driver comfort is an absolute 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 Ibiza platform, it boasts outstanding refinement and makes the very best use if its exterior dimensions; the Toledo’s wheelbase is 133 mm longer than the Ibiza’s and 29 mm shorter than the new Leon’s, yet it offers notably more useable rear leg space than the latter. 

 

Comfort was a real 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 Toledo 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 is simple, easy to decipher, and appealing across the range, with each offering outstanding fuel efficiency, plus CO2 emissions as low as 99 g/km and impressive fuel economy of up to 83.1 mpg combined.  

 

The engine range comprises one petrol unit and three diesel. The engine range comprises one petrol unit and two diesel. A 1.4 TDI 90PS manual kicks off the range, followed by a 1.4 TDI 90PS DSG-Auto, 1.6 TDI 115PS and 1.2 110PS petrol.

 

Aside from its impressive 103 g/km CO2 emissions rating, which endows it with VED-free status, the Toledo 1.4 TDI DSG-Auto boasts frugality in the realm of 74.3  mpg (official combined fuel economy) – staggeringly parsimonious for a car with so much space.

 

Performance is equally spirited with:

1.2 TSI 110: 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and 124 mph top speed

1.4 TDI 90: 0-62mph in 11.8 seconds and 115 mph top speed

1.6 TDI 115: 0-62mph in 10 seconds and 125 mph top speed

 

Every engine in the range is EU6 emissions standard compliant.

 

Three transmission options are available with the Toledo: a five-speed manual gearbox, a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DSG (Direct-Shift Gearbox) automatic transmission. The twin-clutch automatic gearbox, which uses one clutch to handle odd-numbered gears and reverse, and the other to handle the even ones, allows remarkably quick gearshifts by pre-selecting the upcoming gear. And it does so while offering very similar economy to a manual gearshift, unlike a traditional torque convertor automatic gearbox.  

 

Braking is taken care of by 255 mm discs at the front and 230 mm discs at the rear on all 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.

Ownership

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 and fixed price servicing 
  • 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.

 

Model

Group rating (1-50)

BIK %

VED

SE 1.4 Manual 90 PS

14E

18

A

SE 1.4 DSG-auto 90 PS

14E

20

A

SE 1.6 TDI 115 PS

17E

20

B

Style 1.2 TSI 110PS

16E

19

B

Style 1.6 TDI 115 PS

17E

20

B

Style Advanced 1.2 TSI 110 PS

16E

19

B

Style Advanced 1.6 TDI 115 PS

17E

20

B

 

Servicing: It’s Fixed!

 

In 2012, SEAT introduced its It’s Fixed! servicing scheme, which provides a transparent, easy-to-book and, most importantly, cost-effective way for all SEAT drivers to have their cars serviced – and by fully trained SEAT technicians using only genuine SEAT parts.

 

Thanks to It’s Fixed!, a minor service (every 10,000 miles/one year) is just £159, a first-year service £179, a second-year service £239, and a major service (20,000 miles/two years) £269, including VAT and labour. An online booking facility makes it incredibly convenient, and it’s open to all SEAT cars from one- to fifteen years old.

 

Warranty

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

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