We test drove so many small and medium MPVs it became quite difficult to keep track of which ones we liked - and which we didn't - so my wife made one of her lists ! We had to change from our Toyota Carina because she is now disabled and found it very difficult to get out of, so we needed something higher and she needed a comfortable, adjustable passenger seat. It was this last point that narrowed our search. It's amazing how many manufacturers don't think it necessary to provide proper adjustability in the passenger seat - even on cars where the drivers' seat does everything except make a cup of tea.
The SEAT fits the bill beautifully with really comfortable seats that can be fully adjusted to give all the support, height and position you could possably expect from a car in this price range. I'm over 6 foot tall with long legs - which makes getting into a Citreon entertaining - but the SEAT presents no problems at all. My wife is shorter but with her restricted mobility found some MPVs quite a challenge, but the SEAT suited her very well.
The overall ride is very good but it's a pity SEAT don't give the option of standard tyres rather than the firmer low profile ones. A smaller wheel and fatter tyre would make the ride even more comfortable ! Not every driver (and passenger) puts road holding top of their list of requirements or wants to drive like a rally driver.
We were lucky enough to stumble across a 55 plate Toledo 1.9tdi Stylance, with rear parking sensors, full size spare, in platinum grey metallic, with 18000 on the clock for £9000. Needless to say we snapped it up, and what a fantastic find. The handling is superb on winding country roads, superb at high speeds on the motorway, mid range acceleration is very good for overtaking etc. It is a comfortable ride (but quite firm) easy to find a comfortable driving position. Parking sensors are a big bonus as visibility is quite poor when reversing, but no worse than my old Fiesta. The legroom in the back is fantastic, we have had three booster seats in the back, it was tight but they were all fastened in safely. The Stylance spec is pretty good, loads of toys. The Toledo has a massive 500 litre boot (roof box for sale), enough for any small family. Averaging 50mpg at the minute but mostly town driving which is good. The only bad point we have found is the reversing light, it lights nothing up apart from the bulb. Fantastic car, nice to drive, powerful when required, good spec compare to other more expensive makes), massive boot, and haven't seen another Toledo on the road. Value for money in my eyes and a little bit different.
I have had several Seat's in a row, this one being the first with the 2.0tdi engine, which is astonishingly good.I have covered in excess of 30k miles in this car, its good at what it sets out to do, as in lug loads around, but not very exciting to drive! Negative points being rear visibility coupled with a reversing light which i am assured does actually come on but is of no benefit to the driver.....a joke. Parking sensors would be a definite addition, sadly lacking on my model. However one major gripe is with Seat..not sure if its the Irish importer or Spanish HQ, but they reduced the cost of the car here and then withdrew the 2.0tdi model thereby applying massive depreciation to my car!
After running with your typical 2.0 family hatch till now, I felt it time for a change.
I didn't need the multi seats of an MPV so the Toledo 2.0TDI was a rather refreshing car to go for.
I have the 2006 model with the revised rear end. (dark lights and chrome strip) which really finishes it off nicely. Together with 17 inch alloys, parking sensors, bluetooth and a spare wheel!
With 3000 miles now passed it really is fun to drive especially along bendy country roads. Handling is suprisingly good together with that 140BHP engine, It puts a smile on my face when overtaking. It really can fly once in 3rd gear or higher.
Interior is roomy and the seats are firm but perfectly OK on long journeys. no complaints from the family.
Ride is firm but not a problem. Just make sure tyre pressures are correct.
Instrumentation is nice and clear and the bluetooth option is a must even if you don't wish to use with a phone since it has a clear graphical display of any doors being left open plus an MP3 CD player.
I love the red illumination at night. The car has great styling and is very unique to look at. You won't lose it in a car park.
Visibilty for me is fine but it's a good idea to go for reat parking sensor option as with most cars these days.
My only gripe with Seat is that you have to order a spare wheel with UK models which seems crazy too me.
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