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  • Launched in 2012
  • Small hatch
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2012
  • Body type
    Small hatch
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Deceptively spacious and good value

Best bits

  • Deceptively spacious with an enormous boot
  • Cheap to run and good value for money
  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating

Not so great

  • Drab and forgettable looks
  • Interior feels cheap with scratchy plastics
  • 1.4 TDI is noisy and slow

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Overall verdict

"It may be the small family car you’ve never heard of but the SEAT Toledo offers a deceptive amount of space for a small car. Despite the styling, it’s not actually a saloon but a hatchback - and that means a huge boot. In fact, it can carry almost as much as a BMW 5 Series Touring. In other words a lot."

SEAT Toledo Front Side View

But before we go any further you won’t be surprised by two things. Firstly, the Toledo is basically the same car as the Skoda Rapid (not the Spaceback which is slightly different) just with a different badge and grille. But everything else such as interior, engines and the like, mirror each other. 


Secondly, the Toledo is based on the SEAT Ibiza. Only with a longer body and more room. Sit in the front and it’s very much like an Ibiza. Sadly it’s also not brilliant. The design of the interior is good enough but there are cheap and scratchy plastics everywhere and it feels like a cheap car. Higher spec models do at least get a leather steering wheel and gear lever.


But what the Toledo does offer is space, not only in the boot for those in the back. There’s enough room for actual grown-ups, even the front seats moved all the way back. True, you’re unlikely to be carrying four adults in a Toledo (unless you’re buying this as a minicab), but this extra space is a godsend if you have children in car seats, especially rear-facing. 


The engines include the usual small Volkswagen Group suspects with the 1.2 TSI the pick of the bunch. It was later replaced by the 1.0 TSI. There are also diesels (a rarity in small cars these days) with the 1.6 TDI proving very economical if you’re covering lots of motorway miles.


And speaking of motorways, the Toledo is very happy at a 70mph cruise, feeling composed and comfortable. It’s not so good around town or on rougher roads as the firm suspension set-up means a far from comfortable ride. On the plus side, the handling is predictable and it’s good in corners.


There aren’t huge numbers around on the used market, a result of it never being that popular in the first place, but it does represent good value with a lot more space than your average hatch like the Hyundai i30 or Kia Cee’d. 


The Toledo is certainly not a car that will set the pulse racing, but it’s a decent buy that’s cheap to run and gives you a spacious and practical hatch for not too much money. 

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SEAT Toledo

1.2 TSI I TECH 5dr

  • 2014
  • 36,700 miles
  • Marshall Skoda Milton Keynes
  • Buckinghamshire, MK100BN
Price:£6,000
HP: £160.88/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £160.88, Customer Deposit: £900.00, Total Deposit: £900.00, Total Charge For Credit: £701.68, Total Amount Payable: £6,701.68, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.79%

Is the SEAT Toledo right for you?

If you’re buying a car with your head rather than your heart, the Toledo makes a lot of sense. It offers a lot of space in a small package and you’ll be surprised at how much room there is in the back and how big the boot is. 


Yes it looks like a saloon but it’s actually a hatchback so doesn’t lose any practicality. In fact, the boot is so big it can carry more than the considerably larger Ford Mondeo. 


As well as being good value, the Toledo is also cheap to run with low insurance ratings and economical engines. Think of it as a smaller alternative to the Skoda Octavia, with that same ethos of giving you more car for your money. So it’s an ideal choice if you don’t want a big car but want more practicality and space than your standard small Focus-sized hatchback offers.


What's the best SEAT Toledo model/engine to choose?

The basic 1.2 E is best avoided unless you particularly hate mod cons and any sort of acceleration. It’s also expensive to tax. Unless you’re doing big mileages and spend a lot of time on the motorway, petrol is the better choice here.


The 1.2 TSI is a great little engine and the later 1.0 TSI is another one to look out for. There are differing versions but all give a decent bit of get up and go when needed. If you do want a diesel, then avoid the 1.4 TDI as it’s sloooow. The 1.6 TDI is far more common and the best choice for economy.


The Xcellence trim comes with pretty much all you’ll need or if you’re looking at older models, SE or I-Tech are the best equipped versions. Avoid any with the DSG automatic as it’s prone to problems on smaller engines.

What other cars are similar to the SEAT Toledo?

Well you won’t be surprised that we mention the Skoda Rapid here. It is essentially the same car, only with a different badge and grille on the front. That’s the joy of the Volkswagen Group for you. It has the same space, engines and interior - in other words it is near identical. There’s also the Skoda Rapid Spaceback - a more conventional-looking hatchback. SEAT never made its own version.


If you’re after a spacious hatchback that’s good value, you should also look at the Hyundai i30 and Kia Ceed which are both better inside with nicer materials. The Honda Civic is another practical choice, but you’ll get a newer Toledo for the same money. If you want a budget offering, the Suzuki Baleno is a capable and cheap to buy hatchback.

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SEAT Toledo Front Interior

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