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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Buyers of petrol engines can chose from a brace of units: a 1.6 with 103bhp and 2.0 litre FSI with 150bhp. If you prefer a diesel then there’s the choice of 1.9TDi with 105bhp or a 2.0 TDi with 140bhp. The most powerful petrol and diesel engine each have a six-ratio gearbox as opposed to the five-speeder with the smaller engines. A six-speed Tiptronic automatic is available on the 2.0 FSI unit and a six-speed DSG gives an automatic option on the 2.0TDi.

All these engines and gearboxes are well-proven on other VW group applications. With slow sales since the car’s launch, SEAT has cust back on the engine options available and now customers can only buy a diesel Toledo.

As SEAT is the sporty proposition for the VW group, it’s been given a suitably sporty bias to its driving experience. This means its ride is a little on the harsh side on broken tarmac, although it’s certainly not a filling-rattler, but the pay-off is a car that flows confidently down a twisty road. It is quite a large car with a tall body and upright driving position which normally detracts from a car’s handling capability, and while this might be the case ultimately with the Toledo, it presents no problems at the sort of pace it’s likely to need to travel in a family car role.