Close Are you a form-over-function person, or do you incline more towards substance than style? If the former, there is nothing in this test of the new Seat Toledo that could possibly be of interest to you. If the latter, step this way: Road test editor Its chassis is safe but stodgy and lacking in the kind of finesse that will appeal The Seat Toledo is sensible to the point of making Hermione Granger seem louche. About as visually interesting as the inside of your eyelids, it is the automotive equivalent of a Bosch dishwasher: It takes the notion of quality white goods for the road and re-invents it on a level shared only by its badge-engineered sister, the Skoda Rapid.
Although having said that the Rapid Spaceback offers a modicum of style. A hatchback cleverly concealed behind a conventional three-box design, it's based on an extended VW Polo platform.
There was previously three 1. A facelift put pay to this approach and subsquently there is now only one 1. The entry-level engine to the range comes in the shape of a 1. It has a bit more power than the 1. Performance is good on paper mph in But none of this makes the Toledo fun to drive. Lacking the sophisticated rear suspension of the Leon or VW Golf , body control is merely adequate and ride quality a little disappointing, proving rather too willing to let the presence of every-day lumps and bumps be felt in the cabin.
Its chassis is safe but stodgy and lacking in the kind of finesse that will appeal to either you as a driver, or your friends and family as passengers. Its static qualities are more impressive, especially if you believe big is beautiful. By extending the Polo wheelbase and attaching what amounts to a big box on the back, Seat has provided the Toledo with a spacious interior and a simply colossal boot.
That notchback shape does limit things a little when loading truly bulky items, but if it's just the usual shopping and luggage, the Toledo is second to none in the class. Rear legroom is exceptional too. Standard equipment isn't quite as generous as you would expect to find on the Leon, however there is three trims to choose from - SE, Style and Style Advanced. Entry-level SE models come with steel wheels, air conditioning, all round electric windows, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth connectivity as standard, while upgrading gains you 16in alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control and a 6.
The range-topping Style Advanced models adorn the Toledo with a few more luxuries including 17in alloy wheels, LED rear lights, front parking sensors, and a leather and Alcantara upholstery. As for the driving environment, the kindest thing to say is that at least it doesn't make any promises about the quality of the drive to come. The dashboard architecture is, like the rest of the car, definitively functional and dull.
Some people want no more from their wheels, in which case the affordable and effective Toledo may make a lot of sense. But to those who want and even expect just a little sparkle even from our affordable family transport, they'll be better off looking elsewhere.