We had a Seat Toledo in the family for a few years at around the time when I first started learning to drive and many of my early driving experiences are associated with this car.
This car was produced by Seat before Volkswagen came and restructured the company, changed their product line and taught them how to put things together like a decent car manufacturer. This shows in a number of ways.
First, there are the looks. No doubt, some people may claim that the Seat Toledo looks "robust", "sturdy" or "sensible". All the people saying these things really mean that the car is ugly. The lines are harsh and angular; the car does not look particularly sporty despite a feeble attempt at a spoiler on the back and nor does it look luxurious or executive. The interior is also of a very poor quality in comparison with modern German influenced Seats.
The ride in the car is soft and this is not a good thing. I don't mean that every car must come with sports suspension letting you feel and hear the precise nature of the difference between the tarmac directly underneath you to that which you drove over 5 yards ago, but the car feels wobbly and lacks stability. True, it will go round a corner reasonably well what with front wheel drive and the body inclined at an impossible angle, but the general handling is somewhat poor.
The engine performance is much along the same lines. It makes the car go in a predominantly straight-forward direction, but lacks the umph and fails to excite. The combined effect of the power train, the chassis and the suspension creat unbelievable amounts of understeer which are particularly fun when trying to accelerate round a bend.
The reliability of this car is astoundingly poor. Not that the spanish are particularly reknowned for car manufacturing, but the number of different things that had to be replaced with relatively limited mileage is staggering with most things costing an arm, leg and kidney or two due to eventual acquisition by VW. Now that these cars are particularly old, I would strongly urge to steer clear and if you are looking for a low budget run around, get yourself a bmw/audi from a couple decades ago.
I bought the car near the end of 1999. My dark "Indigo" blue Toledo has always been 100% reliable. No rattles or squeaks. I actually carry a full-sized cello in a hard case and many other things at the same time in the enormous boot. When I bought my Toledo new, it cost me over 17,000 pounds sterling. ( now of course Toledos are much cheaper). My car has a fantastic amount of extras. I listen to soothing piano concertos when driving. The 6-CD autochanger with it's eight speakers is excellent. I have climate control which is so useful. The lovely leather steering wheel and the soft " sports " seats feel lovely. My car has alloy wheels, ESP traction control, ABS braking, cruise control etc. etc. Truly I could carry on for ages trying to mention all the extras. I have always had wonderful friendly and efficient service from my local main Seat dealer. This car I would recommend to anyone. It is by far the best car I have ever owned. Knowing that it is made with VW and Audi parts, also that it is extremely good looking. I am a happy man!
To be honest I would have never considered a Seat before it came under VW?s wing. I?ve been in the pre-VW vehicles and they were poor to say the least. With VW breathing new life into the Seat range they are really worth checking out. I bought my 2000 Toledo V5 used about 5 months ago and am totally delighted with it. The car is essentially a pretty version of the VW Bora (nice car, but a bit boxy for my tastes) and the floor-pan and underpinnings are also used in Audi and Skoda marques albeit with some modifications. It?s built along side the Bora in Belgium and the current models use the 1.8 20v petrol, 1.9 TDI Diesel and 2.3 V5 engines from the VW Range. The UK-spec cars are very well specified and include cruise & climate control, CD changer, 8 speakers, alloys, folding mirrors?.etc. The V5 gets leather/alcantara 'leccy sports seats and later models also get auto wipers and satnav. Although I?ve got the specced up V5, all the models are well equipped and offer fairly good performance 1.8 ? 125bhp, 1.9TDI ? 110 bhp (good torque too), V5 ? 150 or 170bhp and solid VW reliability. I love the V5 performance and it sounds great with the off-beat 5 cylinder burble ? it?s also the only 5 cylinder engine with a ?V? configuration (I can think of anyway) so is also a bit different. The best news is that they are very affordable, don?t rust any more and have a good warranty from new - 3 years with 3 years AA cover. The boot is huge ? 500L much bigger than the (bigger) Mondeo and the seats split for the awkward loads. Safety is good with 4 air bags ABS, EBD and newer cars also have traction control and electronic differential as standard. The only minor disadvantage for me is that the service intervals are slightly more frequent than some rivals ? 10,000 miles rather than the 12,000-15,000 of other makes. But I can live with that when I?m hammering around at great speed feeling smug ? it?s the Dog?s back wheels.
im bought a 1.8 s model and paid £10999 on a t plate over 2 years ago.Found the car to be very nippy reliable 100% (touch wood) and is a good family car,im 30yrs old and never dreamed of having a seat,but after finding its a vw,audi anyway thought wot the hell..has a/c and electric windows..a/c is manual..which i prefer as i got a m8 with a golf and the other has a passat both of which are climate control versions..and they both have had nothing but sh*t with them.. as for jazzing the toledo up u can get a spoiler fitted supplied and fitted for £185 (inc sparay match) which i think is fair and will get round to getting done! AS for service stations..they are a pile of poo..never stamp ya book and forget appointments so i go to locasl garage even though its dearer,th service is better..that reminds me i must get it done its 11000 over due...so engine must be good..on 26000!!!all round good buy!gonna get v5 soon as i want to keep car fairly new...
I bought the car as new, intending to keep it for 5 years then sell it before things started going wrong. However, things went wrong with it after about 2 years (exhaust, air conditioning, brake pads, suspension), and now it's 4 years old I've just had a garage bill for £900 because something went wrong with the throttle potentiometer inter alia. It's only got 40K on the clock, so I would have expected it to have lasted longer than that. Apart from that the car has been okay. It drives well and feels comfortable.
My first car was (and still is) a 1993 L-reg Seat Toledo 1.8 GLX Olympico (what a mouthful!). I chose a big car as I needed to do a lot of miles and wanted the engine to cope with high speeds on the motorway. I also wanted to be reasonably comfortable too! The engine is great – straight out of a Volkswagen. That means excellent mechanical reliability and enough power to get you out of any situation in a hurry. It’s rated around 90hp, which isn’t a lot for an 1800 these days but it still packs enough punch to satisfy. Handling is fantastic, especially compared to the Mark III Astra I also drive! You can really fling this car into a corner without worrying about understeer. Economy is average for the size of engine. The other great thing about this car is the spec. It has electric everything for a car of its age, alloys, sunroof, central locking, and it doesn’t cost much extra for the privilege. Which leads me to the downside… …Unfortunately, whilst the mechanicals were taken care of by VW, the electrics were left to Seat which means unreliability. In short, the gadgets are great if and when they work, the rest of the time they are annoying, as you have to get them fixed. In terms of function it is hard to put this car down – it has the biggest boot of any large hatchback/saloon I have seen (this boot is positively cavernous!), yet the car is several inches shorter than a Mondeo. It eats up the miles fairly comfortably, if a little noisily, and won’t cost you a fortune to run. In summary: a good workhorse that isn’t boring to drive. Good mechanical reliability, shame about the electrics. I would not recommend this as a first car as the insurance premiums are high (group 10).
I have recently aquired a Seat Toledo V5 - this thing really goes like Sh*t off the proverbial shoval, the car comes pretty much fully loaded with leather seats, air con, electric seats etc etc... The fuel consumption is very good (unless you have the Air con on) usually around 400 miles to a £38 tank of Unledded petrol, the car looks as good as it goes, and can leave pretty much most things standing at the lights. The one striking thing about the V5/Toledo's is the boot space - Massive, you could fit a small family of phillipinos in there no problem and still have space for all of their belongings. The only downer is, with the front seats right the way back there is not very much leg room in the back. Although I have a child seat in the back there is enough leg room for the not so little one. There are safty features galore with driver and passenger front and side airbags, cruise control, and excellent build quality, this is a very safe car. The V5 handles fantastically and sticks to the road like a flat hedghog on the M1. For the price, I can find no other faults with this very good looking and performance car. 10 out of 10.