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Paris premiere for Seat's new saloon ahead of UK sales in 2013

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.

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

Mark Tisshaw

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Flash Harry 26 June 2012

Just as uninspiring as its

Just as uninspiring as its Skoda sister.

taylork 26 June 2012


Look at the rear end! its a baby audi A7!!! :O

michael knight 25 June 2012

wake me up..

Wow, the same as the concept..sure, because the concept was more dull than most production cars. 

The interior of this is woeful.

Cavalier 25 June 2012

The end of the Exeo?

So, this presumably spells the end of the actually-quite-nice Exeo? The wheelbase dimensions are virtually identical, and whilst the Exeo may play 4.66m against the Toledo's 18cm or so shorter overall length there's surely not enough to distinguish them, right?