A basic walk around of the all new SEAT Toledo
|   Wednesday, September 19, 2012
SEAT is back in the main stream action once again after overcoming the midlife crisis that it faced with the Toledo. The Toledo has been remodeled and is back in business, after spending a few years being the ugly cousin of the Altea.

However, SEAT has completely remodeled the Toledo and come up with the second generation which gives it a modern sedan look, chiseled edges with sharp features and the vehicle has a fresh new feel to it.

The Toledo uses the same parts as that on the Skoda Rapid and this is not a new story.
However, the manner in which the cars are assembled is a whole new tale. Both the cars have similar looking rear ends, apart from that there are no other visual similarities.

Overall, the Toledo is a visually appealing car and is an example of SEAT's designing capability. The soon to be launched Leon and the Ibiza also hold their own when it comes to engineering, but these are nothing remotely close to the Toledo.

The Toledo has a class of its own and sits pretty in between the Ibiza and the Leon when it comes to class distinctions. The Toledo and Ibiza share the same wheelbase which is close to 4.5 meters. This is a slight improvement from the previous model and hence interior space is not a matter of concern any more.

The Toledo is a smart looking vehicle and although there is no fancy line or smooth shafts attached to the exterior, the car looks classy and is probably one of the best looking sedans that we have today. However, simple as it may seem, the SEAT Toledo has a few secret features which distinguish it from most other vehicles in its class.

The car has a boot space of nearly 500 liters, which means that this car has more practical space than either a BMW 5 series or any other premium branded cars. So basically, this car is perfect for the families.

The interior is quite plush considering the fact that it is not a luxury sedan but once you face the facts, the car is not too bad. SEAT has plucked the engine right out of the Ibiza and placed it in the Toledo, so basically the car uses the 1.4 liter TSI and the super charged 1.2 liter TSI as its heart.

These engines have been used in the Ibiza and we know how powerful and reliable they are, so this is not of concern. However, the thing to be really concerned about is the increase in weight and dimension of the Toledo. The capability of the engines to pull this off will determine the viability of using the same engine.

However, in real road conditions the Toledo does 0 – 60 mph in less than 9.5 seconds and this is without doubt impressive. The car produces power in the range of 105 – 122 PS and rumors are that SEAT plans to give the Toledo a more powerful engine.
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