SEAT Toledo Style Diesel 1.4 TDI DSG Review
Toledo the Red Torpedo

clifford chow
7 Nov 2016

Introduction & Exterior

Today’s Toledo is quite the different animal. The car seems a little more nimble, with quite a bit of body sculpting and pinching of sheet metal.

I remembered in my youth, that there was the 2.0GT, which housed a single overhead cam 2.0 with a rather soggy 115bhp on tap. Boot space was ginormous back then, but the car suffered heavily from the lack of rear legroom.

Today’s Toledo is quite the different animal. The car seems a little more nimble, with quite a bit of body sculpting and pinching of sheet metal.

The current car is based on Volkswagen’s A05+ platform which is also the base for China market Volkswagen Jetta and Skoda Rapid. Both, which are not available here. Formally the Toledo was SEAT’s flagship offering, while today, this new car sits between the Leon which we tested recently, and the Ibiza hatch.


As with other SEATs, the headlamps don a slightly aggressive design language. Subtle a subtle crease in the middle of the bonnet is flanked by two more which go on to meet with the A pillar. The wing mirrors sport indicator repeater lights, which are now common place, even in compact class cars.

A pinch in the sheet metal begins from the front wheel arch and ends at the rear, forming a subtle shoulder along the doors of the Toledo. Rear styling also gets similar angular pressing in the sheet metal.

Rear tail lamps are large with just a portion of the lenses whited out, on where the reverse and indicator lamps are located.

At some angles, you might just get a hint of the previous Volkswagen Passat. In actual fact, the Toledo, like the Mk1, is not a sedan but a lift back. The boot lid and the rear windshield both lift, to offer better access to the boot.

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Engine Capacity 1422cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 3
Compression Ratio 16.2:1
Bore x Stroke (79.5 x 95.5)mm
Power 89bhp
Torque 230Nm
Power to Weight 68.9 bhp per ton


Acceleration 11.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 185 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 25.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4482 x 1706 x 1461) mm
Wheelbase 2602 mm
Kerb Weight 1292 kg
Boot Capacity 550 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L