The Toledo model from the Seat car workshop is one of the most famous models that crosses our roads to this day. SEAT is currently the successor to the series’s bearer. The new limousine of the Spanish manufacturer promises quality at a favorable price together with usability, dynamism and efficiency. At the same time, it has a purpose for the individual as well as for the whole family. 860,000 pieces were produced from the first two generations of the Toledo model alone. The presented fourth generation of this model is already sold in Portugal and Spain. Today, it is also slowly entering our market.
In Bratislava, a few days ago, you could see a fleet of new models ready for distribution to individual dealers. It is from this crowd of shiny news that there are a few photographs mentioned.
Perfect value for money, state-of-the-art technology
With a length of 4.48 meters, the new Toledo is an absolute “adult” car. Despite the classic silhouette with a stepped rear of the body, it has a large fifth door, allowing convenient access to the luggage compartment with a respectable base volume of 550 liters. By folding down the rear seat backrest, the volume of the luggage compartment can be increased almost threefold – up to 1,490 liters. The Toledo team provides transport capacity for many station wagon models. The relatively long wheelbase of 2,602 millimeters (more than 80 millimeters longer than the Toledo II) guarantees comfortable legroom for passengers in the rear of the cab. Generous door openings provide all crew members with convenient access to the cab.
As a completely new model, SEAT Toledo uses the most modern aggregates of the Volkswagen Group. These include the highly efficient TSI petrol engines, the economical TDI turbodiesels and the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is used in combination with the most powerful engines. The power range of petrol engines ranges from 55 kW (75 hp) to 90 kW (122 hp); The most fuel-efficient petrol version 1.2 of the Ecomotive TSI is characterized by a CO2 emission of 116 grams per kilometer. With the TDI diesel engine, which achieves an output of 77 kW (105 hp) from 1.6 liters, the Ecomotive version excels with a combined standard consumption of only 3.9 liters of diesel per 100 km and a CO2 emission value of 104 grams per kilometer. In the course of 2013, the manufacturer will supplement the offer of diesel engines with another version of the 1.6 TDI engine with an output of 66 kW (90 hp).
The new Toledo fits homogeneously into SEAT’s new design identity, foreshadowed by the highly acclaimed IBE, IBX and IBL studies, and for the first time consistently applied in the new generation of the model range Leon. The body of the Toledo looks energetic and solid, with clear and well-defined surfaces, lines and edges. Wide square reflectors form an important element of the brand’s new DNA design. Together with the trapezoidal, very flat radiator grille, the trapezoidal air intake opening in the bumper and the horizontal rear group lights, they visually increase the width of the vehicle.
Sleek and harmonious
A special portion of sophistication was used by the designers in the contour of the roof: It goes through an elegant curve to a wide rear pillar that grows organically from the rear fender. The significantly sloping rear window adds very harmonious proportions to the SEAT Toledo body – without compromising its variability and functionality.
The precise edge of the refraction of the light extends from the outer edge of the front reflector over the entire length of the side to the rear group light; downwards the area is closed by a purely modeled body sill zone. Another example of a well-thought-out design is the cab’s rear door: With its extra-large cut-out, they ensure comfortable entry and exit.
Modern, purist interior
The interior of the new Toledo model looks airy and spacious, following the design philosophy of the exterior. The cockpit is clear and ergonomically arranged. When the interior is made in light beige (on request), the dark upper part of the instrument panel floats visually above the rectangular ventilation grilles and decorative tiles. Clearly stylized circular instruments can be read accurately, and the controls on the air conditioning system and audio system on the center console allow for intuitive operation.
Interior design perfectly complements the elaboration of high craftsmanship in combination with a careful selection of materials and colors. The detailed design is clearly visible in many places, such as the attractively shaped three-spoke steering wheel, the new automatic climate control controls or the fine chrome trim elements. The precise mechanical movement of switches and controls also testifies to the great love for details.
As a completely new model line, SEAT Toledo brings state-of-the-art technology in its class. It starts with a high-strength body, which forms the basis for a solid quality impression and, in cooperation with standard restraint systems, ensures optimal passive safety. Thanks to SEAT’s intelligent lightweight design concept, the new Toledo has a basic curb weight of just 1,135 kilograms. Low weight has a positive effect especially on efficiency. All engine and power versions of the Toledo are at the top of the field in their category in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The combination of low weight, optimal aerodynamics and state-of-the-art power units creates a convincing set.
Five Euro NCAP stars
The new SEAT Toledo provides the maximum security for which it received the highest five-star rating in the Euro NCAP test. In a demanding side impact test on a pole, he achieved a maximum score of 94 percent. Children are as well protected as adult passengers: In dynamic tests with manikins the size of three-year-olds, SEAT Toledo achieved the highest number of points so far and also received the best rating in pedestrian protection. In the area of safety assistance systems, the Euro NCAP consortium welcomed the fact that the standard equipment included an electronic stabilization system ESC.
The engine program for the new SEAT Toledo is based on three state-of-the-art TSI four-cylinder petrol engines covering the power range from 63 kW (85 hp) to 90 kW (122 hp) and initially one TDI turbodiesi with a capacity of 1.6 liters and an output of 77 kW (105 hp). The basic engine is a non-supercharged three-cylinder petrol engine with a capacity of 1.2 liters and an output of 55 kW (75 hp), equipped with indirect multi-point MPI fuel injection.
SEAT Toledo – engines
The 1,197 cc TSI engine impressively demonstrates the correctness of the downsizing philosophy, according to which low-volume turbocharged engines and direct fuel injection are characterized by particularly high efficiency. Other TSI engine trumps include a light weight of just 89.5 kilograms, low internal friction and optimized thermal management, which after a cold start reduces engine and catalytic converter start-up time to optimum operating temperature.
The Toledo 1.2 TSI Ecomotive version is particularly economical: The supercharged 77 kW (105 hp) engine has an average standard petrol consumption of 5.0 liters / 100 km and emissions thanks to the Start-Stop system, braking energy recovery and optimum gear indicator. CO2 116 grams per kilometer. The 55-liter fuel tank thus enables a range of more than 1,000 kilometers with a reasonable driving style.
Exemplary efficiency and dynamics
Exemplary efficiency does not negatively affect the sporty dynamics of the Toledo 1.2 TSI: Its engine, with a maximum torque of 175 Nm in the speed range from 1,550 to 4,100 rpm, allows driving characteristics. The top speed of 195 km / h and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 10.3 seconds are respectful values in this class. Even more dynamic is the Toledo 1.4 TSI with 90 kW (122 hp) and a standard 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. This model reaches a top speed of 206 km / h and accelerates from rest to 100 km / h in 9.5 seconds.
TDI as a model of savings
Another example of efficiency in the new Toledo model range is version 1.6 TDI Ecomotive. This model excels with a standard average consumption of only 3.9 liters of diesel per 100 km and a CO2 emission value of only 104 grams / kilometer. Here, too, the serial Start-Stop and recuperation system contributes to the excellent result. The 1.6 TDI engine, equipped with a common-rail direct fuel injection system, also impresses with its maximum torque of 250 Nm in the speed range from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm, which guarantees energetic traction in every situation. In the course of 2013, SEAT will introduce another version of the 1.6 TDI (90 hp) 1.6 TDI engine with very favorable fuel consumption to the Toledo model range.
As modern as the engines, the gearboxes are fitted to the new SEAT Toledo model range. The TDI engines, the basic 55 kW (75 hp) 1.2 MPI petrol engine and the 63 kW (85 hp) TSI engine are combined as standard with perfectly graded 5-speed manual transmissions; a 6-speed manual transmission is fitted to the 1.2 TSI engine with 77 kW (105 hp). The most powerful Toledo 1.4 TSI has a standard 7-speed DSG automatic transmission with two clutches.
The DSG transmission combines the sporty character and high mechanical efficiency of a manual transmission with the control comfort of a classic automatic transmission. The driver can let the DSG operate in automatic mode or shift manually manually by briefly moving the selector lever. Driving pleasure is enhanced by a particularly impressive shift that lasts only a few hundredths of a second and takes place without appreciable interruption in torque transmission.
The chassis of the new SEAT Toledo is carefully designed and optimally tuned; compact limousine ensures sporty and safe driving characteristics. The front axle consists of lower transverse triangular arms with McPherson struts and transverse torsional stabilizer. The compact rear axle uses trailing arms connected by a torsionally flexible bar. The standard equipment includes an electronic stabilization system ESC. The rack and pinion steering with electro-hydraulic power steering has a sporty direct transmission, the power of the power steering changes degressively according to the driving speed. This achieves precise handling, spontaneous vehicle response and excellent directional stability when driving fast.
SEAT offers the new Toledo in three versions that allow it to be perfectly adapted to the customer’s wishes. The basic version of the Entry already has standard front and side airbags at the front, side head airbags, seat belt indication, ABS, ESC with ASR, central locking, folding rear seat backrest and electric front windows. The 15-inch sheet steel wheel discs carry 185/60 R 15 tires.
The mid-range version of the Reference also includes a height-adjustable driver’s seat, central locking with remote control, split rear seat backrest, on-board computer and front passenger compartment lighting. The Reference version has 195/55 R 15 tires (for engines from 77 kW / 105 hp). The exterior mirror covers and exterior door handles are painted in the body color. The reference version also comes standard with electrically operated and heated exterior mirrors, a roof antenna and a SEAT Sound System 1.3 car radio with four speakers, CD and MP3 player, Aux-IN input and steering wheel control.
Toledo Style for high demands
The highest version of the Style equipment, which is designed for customers with an emphasis on comfort, visually underlines its top status with 16-inch alloy wheels with 215/45 R 16 tires. The equipment also includes fog lights with function static turn signals that are active up to a speed of 40 km / h. These lights come on whenever the relevant turn signals are switched on or when the steering wheel is turned more sharply, thus increasing safety when turning at junctions and driveways at night. When reverse gear is engaged, both turn signals light up at the same time to illuminate the vehicle’s immediate surroundings when reversing.
The all-Inclusive version of the Toledo Style complements the power windows in the rear doors, the height-adjustable front passenger seat, the leather upholstery of the steering wheel and gear lever handles, as well as the center armrests at the front and rear. Cruise control is also standard.
Equipment packages facilitate personalization
SEAT Toledo can be further personalized with a variety of special equipment packages that combine comfort features. The so-called The Winter Pack is especially welcomed by people in cold regions – it includes heated front seats, a high-pressure headlight washer and heated windscreen washer nozzles. The Storage-Pack, on the other hand, includes practical eyelets and rails in the luggage compartment for attaching fixing nets or partitions.
Optional extras include air conditioning (for Entry), rear window wiper, cab interior alarm, detachable towing hitch, rear parking sensors, Hill Holder assistance system as well as SEAT Sound System 2.1 with excellent functionality and exceptional quality sound.
The top multimedia system for Toledo Style is the optional SEAT Media System 2.2. It is based on a radio with a CD player, compatible with MP3 and WMA formats, an amplifier with a power of 4 x 20 W and a system of 6 speakers. The integrated navigation system uses easily updatable digital maps on the SD card and is controlled via a 5-inch (12.7 cm) touch screen monitor. The image on the high-resolution touch screen can be divided, in addition to the map, it can also display additional information in the second half. The traffic information receiver in TMC data form enables dynamic navigation, and automatically calculates the fastest alternative route when a traffic jam occurs on the selected route. The Communication Center also includes a Bluetooth telephony module, voice control, and inputs for external signal sources (such as iPods or mobile MP3 players). The system is complemented by DAB / DAB + (Digital Audio Broadcasting) and Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) receivers.
For the SEAT Toledo, there are 2 base colors and 8 metallic body paint shades to choose from. With the top version of the Toledo Style equipment, in addition to the black-gray color, you can also order a noble beige interior shade.
SEAT Toledo – Tradition
Toledo has been one of SEAT’s most successful model lines since 1991. At that time, the first generation of the middle class limousine premiered at the Barcelona Motor Show. After the incorporation of the SEAT brand into the Volkswagen Group, the Toledo was the first model to use the group’s new technology. In 1992, SEAT was the main sponsor of the Barcelona Olympics – and Toledo, as the official vehicle of the Games, came to the forefront of attention around the world.
The first generation of the Toledo, designed by Italdesign Giugiaro in Turin, has meanwhile established an almost legendary reputation for this model line as a particularly spacious, affordable car. Although the 4.32 meter long body was not large in size, it was considered a miracle of space due to its extraordinarily large luggage space. The huge fifth door of the limousine with a stepped rear part of the body proved to be extremely practical.
When the tens of millions of SEATs came off the assembly line on September 26, 1995, it was the Toledo. In the same year, the TDI direct-injection turbodiesel began to be fitted to the Toledo model line for the first time.
History: Toledo II since 1998
At the Paris Motor Show in October 1998, SEAT introduced the second generation of the Toledo. SEAT has once again opted for an architecture with a stepped rear body, but this time with a conventional boot lid. With a luggage capacity of 500 liters, the second-generation Toledo also provided enormous storage space.
The design was again significantly influenced by Giorgetto Giugiaro, but the car already had a new face of the brand, designed in the SEAT Design department. It consisted of a three-part radiator grille with the SEAT logo on the dark middle part and two horizontal parts on both sides. Overall, the Toledo II had more rounded and softer lines than its predecessor, which was more angular and used many horizontal features on the body.
When SEAT ceased production of the Toledo II in 2004, it was able to credit a total of more than 860,000 units produced by both generations. In the period from 2004 to 2009, the Toledo III model was produced, structurally derived from the SEAT Altea model line – with a high roof and an extended rounded rear part of the body. This model with a length of 4.46 meters with a luggage space volume of 500 to 1,440 liters also continued the reputation of the Toledo model as a car with above-average transport capacity.
The current fourth generation of the successful model line over a period of two decades, SEAT builds on the great tradition of the Toledo model – a car that combines first-generation spaciousness with attractive second-generation design. It delivers high-efficiency power units, lightweight construction, dynamic driving characteristics and excellent production quality of current SEAT products.
/ Elegant as a coupe, variable as a station wagon
/ Modern petrol engines TSI 1.2 and 1.4; 1.6 liter TDI diesel engine
/ High efficiency with CO2 emissions of only 104 g / km
/ Excellent value for money
PR article, in cooperation with SEAT Slovakia