2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
With the Toledo, Seat tries to build on the success of the Altea. The sedan shines with its driving characteristics, but leaves a lot to be desired in the interior.
One thing is certain: you will polarize with this car. You either like the Seat Toledo - or you don't like it. There is no intermediate opinion. The stepped rear of the Spaniard ensures this either-or. You have to get used to the back of the Toledo - it stands out so unusually from the rest of the body, which is otherwise so sporty.
Apart from the taste
But apart from any discussion of taste, the Spaniards have brought a convincing car to the German market. The Volkswagen subsidiary plans to sell 40,000 vehicles from the Toledo this year, as Seat boss Andreas Schleef said. This is an attempt to build on the success of the Altea, which had sold more than 30,000 times by the end of last year.
In order to achieve this goal, Seat tried to boost sales of the Toledo with special models shortly after its market launch on December 4th last year: With the “Fresh” and the “Sport Edition”, customers can buy the Toledo at a price advantage of 1140 euros respectively Order 970 euros.
An important argument: Because the Spaniard is not cheap. The price list for the five-door sedan starts at 17,690 euros for the Toledo Reference with 1.6 liter petrol engine (102 hp) and ends at 25,090 euros for the 2.0 TDI engine (150 hp) we drive with the six-speed direct-shift gearbox in the Stylance version Euro. In addition to these two engines, the 1.9 TDI (105 PS / 22,190 euros) and the 2.0 FSI (150 PS / 22,590 euros) are also available.
But before we get to the performance of the Toledo, let's stick with the interior. With its length of 4.46 meters, a height of 1.57 meters and a width of 1.77 meters, the Spaniard offers its passengers enough space to travel comfortably - and that also applies to the rear. Even tall people can sit here very comfortably. The incline of the backrests is not only adjustable, but can also be easily folded down to form a flat surface with a light pull on the side loops. Thanks to the polarizing stepped rear, the trunk offers an impressive 500 liters of volume.
The cockpit with its round instruments is easy to see and all switches are easy to operate. They are where you would expect them to be. The cheap-looking fittings are annoying for a car in this price range: cheap plastic just doesn't make a good impression. As with the Altea, the bigger brother lacks an illuminated glove compartment. It is just as incomprehensible that the parking aid is only offered for the rear. It would make sense especially up front. Because where the Toledo begins can only be guessed at!
But nagged enough, we come to the good news: The driving characteristics: They are exemplary. In connection with the direct shift gearbox - if you have the 1500 Euro extra charge, you shouldn't do without it - the 2.0 TDI ensures a lot of driving pleasure in the truest sense of the word. The agile Toledo accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.9 seconds. The suspension is sporty, but not uncomfortable. The steering works as expected: Exactly.
Thanks to the tight seats with their good lateral support, nothing stands in the way of fast cornering. And the consumption: combined it was 6.5 liters of diesel in the test: an acceptable value. If you disregard the fact that the Toledo is offered without a particle filter, the overall package can be described as coherent.
And anyone who has ever been on the road with the Toledo and has enjoyed its driving characteristics will not be bothered by the looks that are critically directed at the rear. After all, when it comes to driving, the truth lies mostly in the square, sorry, on the road.