Overall this car is excellent with only a couple of niggles. The drive is great, there is plenty of room around your head and the seat height is of mini MPV style. The diesel gives as much poke as you need when overtaking and I still return around 50mpg overall. The spec on the Stylance is excellent but due to the big blind spots parking sensors are a must that I unfortunately don't have. The Bluetooth/MP3 upgrade is cheap and well worth it.
The wind noise around the mirrors is irritating at motorway speeds but according to my local SEAT dealer SEAT are now aware of this so new cars should have this problem resolved. The middle seat in the back is non existent and that is my only real problem. It is not big enough to fit either an adult in comfortably or a child booster seat. If this car is to take business from the Picasso's and Scenic's etc, which it deserves to, it needs to put in 3 proper seats in the back. If it had that then it would be getting mighty close to that 5th star.
Like the other reader reviews here, I am somewhat confused by the official reviews this car has got, particulary when compared to the near identical Altea which is widely praised (we test drove both and went for the Toledo for the bigger boot).
We looked at all the mid-size MPVs on the market and found this one to offer the best space/drive/price compromise. True, the looks don't work form all angles, but it is certainly better than the others we looked at.
Another point is that this car is criticised for a lack of flexibility with the seating/storage arrangements. If however, you don't need 7 seats and just want to ferry a small family plus luggage around then this will be more than adequate. The space in the back is great and there are many cubby holes all around the interior. The hidden boot compartment is great, as is the simple way the seats fold to give a flat load bay - great for Ikea trips. We found some of the 7 seaters overcomplicated (Mazda 5 especially) and the need to remove seats from others a pain.
The interior is nice and seems to be well put together. It is certainly as good as the Toyota Verso (our number 2 choice) and the ugly VW Touran.
We chose the base model on the back of an extremely good deal and px price coming in £600 less than the What Car deal calculator. In truth it may be worth going for the better spec of the Stylance and the diesel engine if you are doing a fair amount of miles.
I've just finished a long search for a family car with some go - but affordable. I found this faster than the 2.0 Citroen, much more comfortable than the new Scenic (which was really disappointing!) and fairly pratical.
I bought a 54 with 6,000 miles for £12,000. It does have a blind spot when reversing direclty back (headrest in the way so you don't see the left part of the rear) but I solved this with a parking sensor. Other than that no blindspots.
I found the drive more comfortable and better than a Zafira. I also tested an Espace, Mondeo, Corolla Verso. This car seemed to also have the best headroom for rear passengers. Finally I ended up not wanting more than 5 seats as I think we'd become the village bus!
For me, this was a good buy - to top it off it has good specs (finally a car with a standard mp3 cd player!) and I'm surpised it is not mentioned here that this is basically a VW touran with a funny back end!
If you are like me and tall (6'6" or 2m) then start your search here. I've got 2 kids and wife and this is my second car. oops, almost forgot - another benefit is the higher seat than a sedan/saloon offers, this makes it easier for us tall people to get out of the car.
Having read the main review prior to buying this car the figures just don't add up.
This car is built on the same structure and engine as the Altea yet it receives a lower score in areas where it uses the same components. I decided to buy the car anyway and having driven it for four months now I thought it would only be fair to give my own feedback:
1) From a driving experience it is a very nice car to drive. I have the 1.6 and the engine certainly has a bit of "poke". There is excellent lock but the one thing to note is that it is a very very quiet car to drive.
2) Inside the cabin is great as every bit of storage is really useful. There are also lots of little features you won't notice in the showroom that are really helpful.
3) In terms of space, there is just so much of if. Push the front seats right back and the folk in the back (even adults) still have tonnes of space. The boot is so large and even has two "special compartments" for delicate items. I have managed to put down the back seats and place two mountain bikes and two large bags in the boot.
4) This is a strange one... but the car doesn't get dirty. Whatever way it is shaped only the back gets dirty not the front or sides! Strange but true...
I really have nothing bad to say about the car but:
1) The only blind spot is via the back window, the sides are fine.
2) The MP3 player (to play mp3s on CD) is not standard.
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