Seat - Toledo
The Toledo's bizarre proportions look clumsy and rump-heavy compared to the far more elegant Altea that it's based on.
Respectable driving dynamics for something this size and shape, although it's not on a par with conventional family cars costing the same money.
The driving position is good and motorway cruising is composed, but poor quality ride knocks the Toledo's case over bumpy roads.
Tough interior is well assembled but lacks quality feel.
Less engine choice than the Toledo and Altea. The basic 1.6 litre petrol motor spins sweetly but lacks urge, while others give respectable performance, especially the punchy, frugal 2.0 litre TDI.
There's no arguing against the Toledo's utilitarian credentials. If you're looking to combine an MPV and a saloon car, this is the only way to do it.
Highish depreciation reflects the motor trade's suspicion of the Toledo, but it's reasonably cost effective to keep on the road. Diesel versions are impressively frugal.
Small supplemental cost over the equivalent Altea - but we're still struggling to see the point.
The audio system works well and large buttons make it commendably easy to use. Satnav is good but is a very expensive option.