What is it?
The fourth generation of the Seat Toledo, and sister car to the Skoda Rapid. Built on an extended version of the Ibiza’s modular platform (which in turn underpins the Polo and Fabia), the latest model marks a return to the original three-box saloon silhouette its reputation was originally built on.
Compact sedans are notoriously unpopular in the UK, but underneath its orthodox profile the car is actually a hatchback, and thanks to its elongated wheelbase (actually 24mm longer than the current Leon - a model it is supposed to sit below) the Toledo is blessed with generous rear legroom and an impressive 550-litre boot.
Meant to appeal to young families and bargain hunters, the range is destined to start from around £12,500 - slightly lower than the entry-level Skoda Rapid. For that you get a rather old-fashioned 73bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine and not much else.
For British buyers - and Seat admits it doesn’t expect there to be many - the 1.2-litre TSI, in 85bhp and 103bhp flavours is likely to form the real bottom line, and they kick off at around £15k for an S trim model.
A 120bhp 1.4-litre TSI mated to the seven-speed DSG is the range-topper, but for commuters with motorway miles to chew, the familiar 103bhp 1.6-litre TDI in SE spec is the headliner, and that’s the car we test here.