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The Seat Toledo is the Spanish carmaker's bread-and-butter offering that offers lots of space and a spirited drive - for an affordable price.

05 Apr 2019


Kaya toast and coffee might be the first meal of the day for many in Singapore. Then there are a handful of people who enjoy a slightly more expensive but no less delicious breakfast like a plate of bacon and eggs. Both are affordable, and they hardly go wrong.

While pricing defers from your neighbourhood coffeeshop and Jones the Grocer breakfast, both are capable of offering a delicious meal to start your day.

The Seat Toledo is currently the most affordable continental sedan you can buy

If you liken this to cars, traditional bread-and-butter models are like your guaranteed kaya toast. The Kia Cerato, the Hyundai Avante and the Toyota Vios, are some.

But there's a new competitor around the block - the Seat Toledo - which serves a good continental breakfast at an affordable price.

This looks familiar

Over a year ago, the Seat Toledo was in Singapore but came with diesel power. This Toledo here is petrol-drive, with the 1.4 TSI Style being the only variant on offer.

The Toledo may look familiar to you, as it first came here as a diesel variant in 2016

While that might answer your question on its familiarity, the other is that it shares visual similarities to the Skoda Octavia, which is also a fastback-styled sedan. Surprisingly, they do not share the same Volkswagen Group platform. The car you see here is based on the Group's PQ platform, while the Octavia is based on the newer and current MQB architecture.

This familiar outlook of clean-cut lines and edges that run along its exterior is part of Seat's sensible design language. It is a design that is easy on the eyes and manages to exude a sense of reliability and dependability - but it isn't anything fancy, which is always a good thing.

Big on space

While not flamboyant with looks, the biggest qualities of the Toledo can be found in its spacious cabin. Despite having the front seats pushed further back than usual, rear legroom still manages to accomodate to tall adults.

At 550 litres, the Seat Toledo sports a massive boot for a car its size

On the topic of size, the Toledo offers a massive 550 litre boot, much bigger than its closest competitors like the Kia Cerato (502 litres) and Hyundai Avante (458 litres). The Toledo's fastback tailgate allows for big items to slot in easily, too, thanks to its wide berth.

The cabin remains to be highly functional. The infotainment system for example is easy to use, seamlessly connecting our phones via Bluetooth.

It also packs all the infotainment features you'd come to expect for a new car nowadays, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto as well as USB connectivity.

Seat's Full Link connectivity suite offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, aside from the standard Bluetooth and USB options

Feisty Spaniard

While space is one of the Toledo's winning cards, the other is how it feels behind the wheel.

Powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged lump pushing out 123bhp and 200Nm of torque, it gives the Toledo more than ample shove that's a step ahead of its segment peers. Driving dynamics is further improved by the quick shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

With its responsiveness coupled with the turbocharged engine, you'll find yourself driving more spiritedly than you normally would in any bread-and-butter offering.

The turbocharged 1.4-litre engine provides the Toledo lots of zest for a car at this price point

Of course, its not a performance-oriented sedan, but it provides the sort of experience behind the wheel you'd only find in some mid-sized sedans way above the Toledo's current price point, making it a very unique offering.

While it can pick the pace up when needed, the Toledo is very settled in civilised day-to-day driving. It even returns a good fuel consumption figure when driven conservatively. We managed 16km/L during our time with the car.

Continental affair

There are some strong qualities that the Seat Toledo offers, and the biggest has to be its price. At $75,999 (as of 5 April 2019), it is the most affordable European sedan currently on the market.

While it isn't the fanciest looking car, the Toledo offers a lot of practicality and driving enjoyment

Its closest competitors, the Kia Cerato and Hyundai Avante, might have gotten fancier with looks and features over the years, but the Toledo offers a better drive with added space to boot.

And if you're out on the hunt for a good continental breakfast, the Toledo will get you there with some spirit.
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Car Information

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Price

: $83,999

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve TSI Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1395cc

Horsepower

:

92kW (123 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

200 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

9sec

Top Speed

:

208km/h

Fuel consumption

:

20.4 km/L

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