Paris premiere for Seat's new saloon ahead of UK sales in 2013
Mark Tisshaw
27 September 2012

The Seat Toledo is back as a new compact saloon that’s set to be priced from about £13,500 when it reaches UK showrooms early next year. It has made its public debut at the Paris motor show.

The new Toledo will enter production largely unchanged from the concept of the same name, which appeared at the Geneva motor show in March. It is a sister car to the recently revealed Skoda Rapid.

Seat president James Muir is billing the Toledo as “a great car at a great price”. It is the first Seat to enter production with the design features of the recent IBE, IBL and IBX concepts, including the crisp new front end.

As with the Rapid, the Toledo looks like a saloon in profile but is actually a five-door hatchback. It is 4480mm long and has a lengthy 2602mm wheelbase to maximise cabin space, particularly for passengers in the rear.

In the UK, one diesel and two petrol engines will be offered. The diesel is the familiar 104bhp 1.6 TDI mated to a manual gearbox. This model’s CO2 emissions are rated at 104g/km.

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A 1.2 TSI petrol is offered with a choice of 84bhp or 104bhp, both with a manual gearbox. The range-topper is a 120bhp 1.4 TSI, which is available with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox only.

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25 June 2012

... exciting ...

26 June 2012

Suzuki QT wrote:

... exciting ...

I second that. This is so dull that it almost makes the Octavia look interesting. Almost.

25 June 2012

Looks the exterior stylists were shown an old Lexus IS200 and told to create a clone. Somebody forgot Seat's products are supposed to have more flair than other VW group cars.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

25 June 2012

If the styling doesn't send you to sleep the 84bhp engine will!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

Myk

25 June 2012

So bland they even painted it grey.  Looks like a VW from 10 years ago.  Poor SEAT.

25 June 2012

to poor old SEAT?

This makes the Touran look overstyled!

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25 June 2012

"The Seat Toledo is the sister car to the recently-announced Skoda Rapid" we would never of guessed with looks this different !

25 June 2012

Hate to say it but I prefer this to a Focus or Golf in bog standard spec and it seems to fill a vacant niche that was once filled by the Peugeot 309 and more recently the Volvo S40, I could see myself buying a lightly used 1 year old diesel for £10k in a couple of years.  

25 June 2012

Yet again VW another VAG product where you have to have a DSG if you want a bit of power. I cant believe they wouldnt get more sales offering both transmissions.

25 June 2012

£1,500 more than the almost identical Skoda Rapid.................... 

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Seat Toledo

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

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