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MOTOR MAX: Hot performer.

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

It's basically a diesel version of the petrol-powered Toledo Sport with precisely the same specification, apart from the engine of course.

The renowned 150bhp turbodiesel engine found beneath the bonnet of the Volkswagen Bora 1.9 TDI PD 150 Sport endows the Toledo with the sort of performance that was once the preserve of petrol-powered sports models.

It results in rapid acceleration to 60mph in under nine seconds, with massive mid-range pulling power and a top speed nudging 135mph.

There is a combined economy figure of more than 50mpg, and CO2 emissions of 146 g/km, which give a company car tax liability of 18 per cent.

In terms of style and equipment, the diesel version is a perfect clone of its petrol-powered stable-mate, including the six-speed manual transmission.

Only subtle styling changes identify the TDi Sport as a performance model, with larger 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, compared with 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 and economy.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 30, 2003
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