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Byline: STEWART SMITH, Motoring Editor

FOLLOWING in the tyre tracks of SEAT's hot-hatch Leon Cupra diesel, comes a similarly-powerful oil burning version of the Toledo saloon.

It is basically a diesel version of the petrol-powered Toledo Sport model.

Using the renowned 150bhp turbodiesel engine that is also to be found beneath the bonnet of the Volkswagen Bora 1.9 TDI PD 150 Sport, it endows the Toledo with the sort of performance that was once the preserve of petrol-powered sports models. The bonus is the sort of economy that has always been associated with diesels.

It results in acceleration to 60mph in under nine seconds, with massive mid-range pulling power and a top speed nudging 135mph. This may be almost twice the legal limit and apparently pointless, but it is an indication of just how effortlessly the 1.9-litre engine is working when the car is cruising at just 70mph on motorways. There is a combined economy figure of more than 50mpg.

Only subtle styling changes identify the TDi Sport as a performance model, with larger 7Jx16-inch alloy wheels and body-coloured bumpers, and inside there is black diagonal upholstery on the sports seats. The new Toledo 1.9 TDi Sport is priced at pounds 15,500, in comparison to pounds 18,345 for the equivalent Volkswagen Bora. The Toledo saloon joins the pounds 16,000 hatchback Leon Cupra diesel, which uses the same engine and offers identical performance.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 5, 2003
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