2001 Seat Toledo SE 1.8 from UK and Ireland


A lot of car for not a lot of money


Front disc brakes pitted, which caused some problems when braking hard. Front disks changed under warranty by excellent dealer service.

Faulty wiper arm on passenger side. Replaced by dealer.

Roof rack locating cover replaced by dealer.

General Comments:

The 1.8 litre - 20 valve engine combined with the 4 speed automatic gearbox gives very good fuel consumption over longer distances.

Handles very well in all conditions.

Unlike the previous automatic Toledo model, the new model is in 4th gear at 30 MPH, where the older model did not change up until 40 MPH was achieved.

The new model is very quiet on most road surfaces, with only a small amount of gearbox noise during heavy acceleration.

The air conditioning works very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2002

2001 Seat Toledo V5 2.3 from UK and Ireland


A lot of spec for the money


Alarm sounds for no apparent reason.

The air-conditioning vent for the windscreen makes a rattling noise when set to 'high' on the 'auto' setting.

On occasions, the folding electric wing-mirror have failed to return to the normal position on first attempt.

General Comments:

Despite the 'snagging' faults (which I am sure the dealer will soon fix under warranty) I am very impressed with the car.

The acceleration is very fast yet smooth. The handling is solid and sticks to the road like glue. Each journey made is an enjoyable drive.

The half-leather interior and driver-orientated dash makes driving comfortable and relaxing.

Cruise-control is responsive and when applied seems to increase fuel-economy.

Useful features are the low fuel warning light/sound; light-reactive rear view mirror; passenger wing-mirror adjusts automatically to a user-preset position when reverse gear is engaged; front and side airbags for both front-seat passengers.

The boot is huge, but SEAT may have considered reducing it slightly to ensure more leg-room for taller rear passengers. Both front seats are very comfortable.

Overall the car seems a brilliant buy. I looked at BMW, Audi, and a few others, but the SEAT Toledo appeared better all round. I have seen some of the components in the engine bay stamped with the Audi and Volkswagen logos and the engineering certainly delivers high-performance. I spent my money very well I think.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2002

28th Jan 2002, 13:58

A very helpful report - thank you! I would be interested to hear an update on the service the dealer provides with regard to the 'snagging' issues mentioned. Are updates possible?

2001 Seat Toledo V5 170 bhp 2.3 from UK and Ireland


Performance and luxury bargain


I have only had it one month, so nothing has gone wrong yet.

General Comments:

I like this car because it goes well, looks fine and has great build quality.

It has a huge boot, a high specification and a great deal of comfort.

It can be a very quiet cruiser or a sporty racing car, it is up to your own mood.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2001

2001 Seat Toledo 1.6 from Singapore


Feature rich at a bargain price


The second day after receiving my car. The front wheel bearing was either faulty or not installed properly.

I found that when travelling at around 60-80km/h, there was a loud buzzing sound. Got it fixed on the next working day.

I noticed that there are several air-con pipes, which condense and droplets of water will fall onto other parts below.

According to the mechanic, this is normal?

General Comments:

The pickup is pretty impressive, because of the torque.

The interior finishing is reasonable.

What's impressive is the feature rich interior, at such a low price. Things like cruise control, on-board computer, lights on both vanity mirrors, climate control, 12V socket in the rear boot, electric mirrors, volumetric alarm and car immobilizer were included in the package. My former BMW 318is costs almost twice as much, with not even half of the above features.

The boot is pretty impressive too, at 500 litres, which is as large as the Ford Mondeo. Great when you go on a golfing holiday!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2001

16th Sep 2001, 02:54

Hi there, I have got myself a Seat Toledo too, this year 2001, and I do not have the problems you mentioned on your review. However, I would like to confirm with you, whether your Seat has a "irritating" air ingress sound when you travel at 80km/h and above. The sound does appear to come from the air con compartment.

In addition, do you feel that your steering wheel "floats" when you speed around 100km/h and onwards? Does appear to me that the car ain't too heavy after-all.

Other than those problems I mentioned above, the car is relatively close to heaven. Great interior and of course the pickup is just great.

Hope you can share with me more about your Toledo. My email address is bang1@hotmail.com