Used Seat Toledo Hatchback 2005 - 2009 review

Category: Family car

It's good, but it's little better than the cheaper Altea XL that the Seat Toledo is based on

Seat Toledo Hatchback (05 - 09)
  • Seat Toledo Hatchback (05 - 09)
  • Seat Toledo Hatchback (05 - 09)
Used Seat Toledo Hatchback 2005 - 2009 review
Star rating

What's the used Seat Toledo hatchback like?

If you see a Seat Toledo parked up next to a Seat Leon, it makes you believe in that depressing theory that for everything positive allowed into the world, something negative must also be sent to counteract it. Alongside the genuinely beautiful Leon, the Toledo looks plain ungainly.

Its other family problem is the Altea hatchback. That model does just about everything the Toledo does, but for less money. Even the Toledo's huge boot is negated by the larger Altea XL. If you do go for a Toledo, though, it can swallow five adults and their luggage comfortably.


It's good, but it's little better than the cheaper Altea XL that the Seat Toledo is based on

  • It's a family car that's well built, spacious
  • practical and easy to drive
  • It has awkward proportions and suffers from some big blind spots

The interior is solidly put together and, like all modern Seats, there's a sporting feel to the cockpit. Visibility is poor all round, though, so you need to take care when reversing or pulling onto roundabouts.

There's little to complain about in the drive, though. Based on the excellent Mk5 Volkswagen Golf platform, the handling is tight and tidy, and the ride comfortable.

Ownership cost

What used Seat Toledo hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Seat Toledo hatchback?

Stick with the 1.9 TDI diesel for low fuel bills, thanks to a claimed 51.4mpg. You'll never get that in real-world driving, but mid-40s is perfectly possible.

If you prefer the more powerful 2.0-litre diesel Sport, it's still not a disaster, with an official 47.9mpg.

Other running costs aren't great, though, as the Toledo has slightly higher servicing costs than the Leon or Altea. And that's despite the fact that the service intervals are the same, with work required every 10,000 miles.

Dealers tend to be pricier than Citroen, Ford or Skoda franchises, so find a recommended independent garage.

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Which used Seat Toledo hatchback should I buy?

The Toledo was launched in 2005 with four engines. The best all-rounder - especially if you plan a lot of motoring in a heavily laden car - is the 1.9 TDI diesel. It has 104bhp and, more importantly, a healthy 184lb ft of pulling power.

By comparison, the 101bhp 1.6-litre petrol does a reasonable job, but struggles under a full load. However, there are no such problems with the rapid 150bhp 2.0 FSI petrol Sport.

Sport trim is also available with a 140bhp 2.0 TDI diesel is also available and both models get electronic skid prevention. Traction control, six airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard fit across the entire range.

Opt for the perfectly adequate Reference spec, though, and you'll get air-con, rake- and reach-adjustable steering, remote central locking, electric front windows and a CD player. Stylance models add alloy wheels, cruise control and rear electric windows.

Parking sensors were an option at launch, and it's worth looking out for a car equipped with these.

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