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The Top Gear car review: Seat Toledo

£16,890£19,535
4/10
Overall verdict

For: 

Given the amount of space on offer, it's great value

Against: 

Works better as a Skoda, for some reason...
A Seat that takes the brand back to its roots, the Toledo is unassuming but able.

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Our choice

Seat

1.2 TSI S 5dr

£15,470
N/A
57mpg
10.30s
105bhp
116g/km

What we say: 

Minor styling tweaks apart, the Skoda Rapid and Seat Toledo are the same car, but we somehow think it works better as a Skoda

What is it?

A budget-priced compact hatch that looks like a saloon. This is similar to the original Toledo that did so well in the 1990s: today’s version is also known as the Skoda Rapid.

Driving

It’s a car aimed at markets outside Europe, so the delicacies of driving delight are not top of the attribute list. It’s safe, able but not very exciting. Engines are good though, so long as you avoid the base 1.2 75.

On the inside

A workmanlike interior is well built and very, very spacious… but, again, not very exciting. The fact it has a boot as big as a Ford Mondeo is more important here.

Owning

Base E trim is just that, so you’ll need an S to get the creature comforts you expect. Seat has tested the Toledo tirelessly to ensure it’s reliable no matter how badly you treat it, and the engines are pretty eco too.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 TDI 115 SE 5dr
10.0s 107g/km 68.9 115 £17,325
The cheapest
1.2 TSI 110 Style 5dr
9.9s 110g/km 58.9 110 £16,890
The greenest
1.4 TDI SE 5dr DSG
11.8s 94g/km 78.5 90 £17,160

Wildcard

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Wildcard

6/10

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