Beauty might well be in the eye of the beholder, but even the Seat Toledo's greatest admirer would be unlikely to describe it as a particularly elegant or harmonious piece of design.
Previous generations of the Toledo were conventional to the point of being dull, so Seat decided to try something different with this one, creating what is (in effect) a saloon version of the Altea people carrier.
The resulting car looks strange, to say the least, with the addition of the substantial rump doing nothing for the underlying Altea's sporty lines.
Fortunately for buyers, the rest of the experience is pretty much identical to the Altea. The quality of some bits of interior trim doesn't feel that great, but there's plenty of room for both front and rear seat occupants and that protruding boot is predictably spacious.
It drives like the Altea, too - putting in a credibly sporty performance over twisty roads, certainly once its high centre of gravity is taken into account. It tackles motorway cruising well, too, but the firm suspension gives a sometimes crashy low-speed ride.Only a limited engine range is available, with punters getting to choose between 1.6 and 2.0 litre petrols and 1.9 and 2.0 litre TDI diesels. Of these, the 2.0 litre units are definitely the stand-out stars, with both producing strong performance and the TDI combining this with excellent fuel economy.
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