Seat Bolero 330 BT Concept (1998)

Seat Bolero 330 BT Concept (1998)
Seat Toledo (1998)


Seat Toledo

The SEAT Toledo is an automobile built and marketed by SEAT, a division of the Volkswagen Group. The Toledo brand name was first introduced to the SEAT line-up in 1991, and the third generation was introduced in late 2004.

First generation (1991-1999)

The Toledo was the first SEAT developed entirely under VW leadership. The first generation was a saloon built on the Volkswagen Golf Mk II chassis, but with an extended boot, very close in size to the Passat. As saloon versions of small family cars were rare in Europe, it was considered by many a large family car due to its size (despite having smaller rear room and pricing closer to small family cars).

The Toledo initially featured underpowered engines (standard for VW at the time) compared to the Ibiza and Malaga's System Porsche units, such as a base 1.6 L with 75 PS (55 kW) and a GT version using the 2.0 L/115 PS (85 kW) engine. Later the Toledo would see the addition of more powerful versions, including a 150 PS (110 kW) 2.0 L GTI 16V and 110 PS (81 kW) 1.9 TDI which, like many VAG diesels built since 1996, it is advertised as capable of running on both mineral diesel and biodiesel.

In spite of having a saloon body, the first generation Toledo was unusual in that it featured a hatchback boot opening. The Spanish car received a mild facelift in 1996.

Second generation (1999-2004)

The second generation was introduced in 1999. It was more coupe like than the previously boxy shape. It had a much more fluid design, although both were products of Giorgetto Giugiaro's Italdesign studio.

It shared components with both its Skôda and Volkswagen brothers (the Octavia and the Bora) yet is supposedly the sportiest out of the three, and sport details have been added, such as completely translucent headlights not often seen in cars at that time, and lots of curves in the interior.

Seat Formula Concept (1999)

Seat Formula Concept (1999)
Seat Leon (1999)


Seat Leon

The SEAT León is a small family car built by the Spanish car manufacturer SEAT since 1999. It uses the Volkswagen A platform and shares other components with the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and Škoda Octavia.

León Mk. I (1999-2005)

As SEAT's best selling car, the León Mk I was marketed as a sportier and cheaper variant of the VW Golf. The first-generation was the hatchback version of the SEAT Toledo. To reinforce the sporty image, the vehicle has aggressive looks and is equipped with firm suspension to improve handling. The more expensive versions are equipped with powerful engines.

Available engines range from 1.4 L and include two variants of the Volkswagen Group's 20 valve turbocharged 1.8 L powerplant, or a 2.8 L V6 delivering 204 PS (150 kW). The León Cupra has a 1.8 Turbo with 180 PS (132 kW), and the León Cupra R 225 PS (165 kW). A 150 PS (110 kW) version of VW's 1.9 TDI engine is also available, originally as a Cupra, but later downgraded to the FR (Formula Racing) version.

Some Leons are equipped with all wheel drive, which is based on the same Haldex differential as the VW Golf 4Motion. All engines over 130 PS (96 kW) have a standard manual 6-speed gearbox.

León Mk. II

The New León, based on VW Golf V platform, has a sharper exterior look with the wipers hidden and the external rear doors handles more integrated . Design was handled by Walter de'Silva, and the car uses the same design style that started with the SEAT Altea.

In spite of its sporty image, the engine range is more limited when compared with the Golf's. The base model on offer is the old 8-valve 1.6 L engine with 102 PS (75 kW). The sportier variants begin with the 150 PS (110 kW) 2.0 FSI and the popular 140 PS (103 kW) 2.0 TDI Diesel. Both are fitted with a standard 6-speed manual with the DSG semi-auto gearbox available as an option. A 185 PS (136 kW) variant of the 2.0 TFSI unique to the León was later introduced, but despite a low list price and rapid performance attracted only minimal attention and average reviews, so this was later taken off sale to make way for the sportier FR variants.

Seat Leon 1.9 TDI (1999)


Seat Leon 1.9 TDI

The SEAT León is a small family car built by the Spanish car manufacturer SEAT since 1999. It uses the Volkswagen A platform and shares other components with the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and Škoda Octavia.

León Mk. I (1999-2005)

As SEAT's best selling car, the León Mk I was marketed as a sportier and cheaper variant of the VW Golf. The first-generation was the hatchback version of the SEAT Toledo. To reinforce the sporty image, the vehicle has aggressive looks and is equipped with firm suspension to improve handling. The more expensive versions are equipped with powerful engines.

Available engines range from 1.4 L and include two variants of the Volkswagen Group's 20 valve turbocharged 1.8 L powerplant, or a 2.8 L V6 delivering 204 PS (150 kW). The León Cupra has a 1.8 Turbo with 180 PS (132 kW), and the León Cupra R 225 PS (165 kW). A 150 PS (110 kW) version of VW's 1.9 TDI engine is also available, originally as a Cupra, but later downgraded to the FR (Formula Racing) version.

Some Leons are equipped with all wheel drive, which is based on the same Haldex differential as the VW Golf 4Motion. All engines over 130 PS (96 kW) have a standard manual 6-speed gearbox.

León Mk. II

The New León, based on VW Golf V platform, has a sharper exterior look with the wipers hidden and the external rear doors handles more integrated . Design was handled by Walter de'Silva, and the car uses the same design style that started with the SEAT Altea.

In spite of its sporty image, the engine range is more limited when compared with the Golf's. The base model on offer is the old 8-valve 1.6 L engine with 102 PS (75 kW). The sportier variants begin with the 150 PS (110 kW) 2.0 FSI and the popular 140 PS (103 kW) 2.0 TDI Diesel. Both are fitted with a standard 6-speed manual with the DSG semi-auto gearbox available as an option. A 185 PS (136 kW) variant of the 2.0 TFSI unique to the León was later introduced, but despite a low list price and rapid performance attracted only minimal attention and average reviews, so this was later taken off sale to make way for the sportier FR variants.

Seat Alhambra (2000)

Seat Alhambra (2000)
Seat Alhambra TDI (2000)

Seat Alhambra TDI (2000)
Seat Arosa (2000)

Seat Arosa (2000)
Seat Leon Sport FR (2001)


Seat Leon Sport FR

The SEAT León is a small family car built by the Spanish car manufacturer SEAT since 1999. It uses the Volkswagen A platform and shares other components with the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and Škoda Octavia.

León Mk. I (1999-2005)

As SEAT's best selling car, the León Mk I was marketed as a sportier and cheaper variant of the VW Golf. The first-generation was the hatchback version of the SEAT Toledo. To reinforce the sporty image, the vehicle has aggressive looks and is equipped with firm suspension to improve handling. The more expensive versions are equipped with powerful engines.

Available engines range from 1.4 L and include two variants of the Volkswagen Group's 20 valve turbocharged 1.8 L powerplant, or a 2.8 L V6 delivering 204 PS (150 kW). The León Cupra has a 1.8 Turbo with 180 PS (132 kW), and the León Cupra R 225 PS (165 kW). A 150 PS (110 kW) version of VW's 1.9 TDI engine is also available, originally as a Cupra, but later downgraded to the FR (Formula Racing) version.

Some Leons are equipped with all wheel drive, which is based on the same Haldex differential as the VW Golf 4Motion. All engines over 130 PS (96 kW) have a standard manual 6-speed gearbox.

León Mk. II

The New León, based on VW Golf V platform, has a sharper exterior look with the wipers hidden and the external rear doors handles more integrated . Design was handled by Walter de'Silva, and the car uses the same design style that started with the SEAT Altea.

In spite of its sporty image, the engine range is more limited when compared with the Golf's. The base model on offer is the old 8-valve 1.6 L engine with 102 PS (75 kW). The sportier variants begin with the 150 PS (110 kW) 2.0 FSI and the popular 140 PS (103 kW) 2.0 TDI Diesel. Both are fitted with a standard 6-speed manual with the DSG semi-auto gearbox available as an option. A 185 PS (136 kW) variant of the 2.0 TFSI unique to the León was later introduced, but despite a low list price and rapid performance attracted only minimal attention and average reviews, so this was later taken off sale to make way for the sportier FR variants.

Seat Tango Concept (2001)

Seat Tango Concept (2001)