Spanish car maker ditches mid-sized hatchback to focus on bigger selling models
5 November 2018

Seat has axed the Toledo from its UK line-up, attributing the move to declining sales of the model in a “shrinking segment” of the market.

Orders for the outgoing mid-size hatchback are no longer being taken, although stock is still available at some Seat dealerships.

The Toledo, which is based on an extended version of the previous Volkswagen Polo’s platform, sat between the Ibiza and Leon hatchbacks in the Seat range. 

The model, which had remarkable boot space in line with large saloons such as the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series, received a facelift in 2016 that included a consolidation of the engine line-up. Diesel versions were also dropped this August.

No direct replacement is expected for the Toledo, but customers are likely to be steered towards the larger Leon, which has been a huge success for Seat since the launch of the current iteration in 2012. 

Our Verdict

Seat Toledo

The Seat Toledo makes a good case for itself as a no-nonsense family car, but don't expect any thrills

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Kia Ceed 2018 long-term review - hero front
    16 November 2018
    First Drive
    The latest Ceed is the best yet. But is it now good enough to be a real...
  • Honda CR-V 2018 road test review - hero front
    16 November 2018
    Car review
    For its fourth-generation, Honda moves its long-established CR-V into full-...
  • Maserati Levante GranSport V6 2018 first drive - hero front
    15 November 2018
    First Drive
    Stylish Levante is now available with an entry-level V6 petrol engine. We put...

Last year, Seat sold 6726 Toledos in Europe, compared with 144,951 Leons and 74,962 Ateca SUVs.

Next year, Seat will launch its fourth-generation Leon and new Tarraco seven-seat SUV, while its newly hived-off performance brand, Cupra, launched earlier this year.

Read more

Seat Toledo review

Seat plans design revolution starting with new Leon

Skoda Scala 2018 prototype review

Join the debate

Comments
7

5 November 2018

Bit of an underrated car, roomy interior and it was useful for those who want or need a narrow car due to narrow parking spaces / narrow roads / narrow garage etc. It wasn't the last word in refinement but it had a basic honesty that was refreshing, and to my eyes was a handsome car, almost a modern Cordoba.

5 November 2018

  I thought it had been years ago?!, can’t honestly say I remember seeing one with the current front end treatment....

Peter Cavellini.

5 November 2018

It’s interesting there aren’t many cars that make money in this sector now. Only a few German ones. When you get this in perspective I can’t help but think that Alfa, Volvo and Jaguar though struggling in this size category are doing about as well as they can.

Pretty soon I wonder if only the Germans will bother to sell cars of this size?

5 November 2018
TStag wrote:

It’s interesting there aren’t many cars that make money in this sector now. Only a few German ones. When you get this in perspective I can’t help but think that Alfa, Volvo and Jaguar though struggling in this size category are doing about as well as they can.

Pretty soon I wonder if only the Germans will bother to sell cars of this size?

It was a strange car in that it was somewhere in between Ibiza/Polo sized and Leon/Golf sized. Though it was actually a bit longer than a Leon and had huge interior room.

The closest thing now would probably be something like a Hyundai i30 fastback, or moving up a size (from the related Rapid) the Skoda Octavia. Not a huge sector for smallish fastbacks.

5 November 2018

As a car it made no sense in the UK Seat lineup, as it was too similar in size to the Leon (unlike with Skoda where the Octavia is a lot larger than the Rapid)

Ok for poorer markets though, akin to the Peugeot 301 etc

5 November 2018

One thing the Toledo has shown is that UK buyers are prepared to pay more money for a better and more complete car with a better image (and better looks) compared to the cheaper, equivalent in that car company's line-up. The Leon outsells the Toledo massively in the UK, as does the Octavia compared to the Rapid and the Fiesta compared to the Ka+. And it's a similar story when a new car is is launched but the previous, older but now cheaper model is still on sale.

6 November 2018
Lanehogger wrote:

One thing the Toledo has shown is that UK buyers are prepared to pay more money for a better and more complete car with a better image (and better looks) compared to the cheaper, equivalent in that car company's line-up. The Leon outsells the Toledo massively in the UK, as does the Octavia compared to the Rapid and the Fiesta compared to the Ka+. And it's a similar story when a new car is is launched but the previous, older but now cheaper model is still on sale.

 

Is there maybe also a depreciation factor? The Toledo and Rapid depreciate like a stone, making them great used buys. However this means that PCP is more reasonable for a Leon/Octavia with their lesser depreciation. (The same as a 3 series being cheaper to PCP than a Mondeo).

Could also be canny dealers upselling, as per Dacia and Renault. Certainly when I visited a dealer and was sniffing around a Toledo with a DSG box (which seem to be rare) they were trying to 'upsell' me to a Leon estate. A nice enough car but not what I was after at the time.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Kia Ceed 2018 long-term review - hero front
    16 November 2018
    First Drive
    The latest Ceed is the best yet. But is it now good enough to be a real...
  • Honda CR-V 2018 road test review - hero front
    16 November 2018
    Car review
    For its fourth-generation, Honda moves its long-established CR-V into full-...
  • Maserati Levante GranSport V6 2018 first drive - hero front
    15 November 2018
    First Drive
    Stylish Levante is now available with an entry-level V6 petrol engine. We put...