Bought this car in March 2006 as we needed a car that could accomodate three car seats across the back row. Checked out the VW Touran (just too dull) and the Grand Scenic (just too flimsy) etc. and we felt the Verso was the best compromise with decent performance and build quality and promised to be reliable as per Toyota's reputation. Our local dealer beat various internet quotes and won our business.
The car is economical to run and we regularly better the official consumption figures on a 120 mile trip to the in laws, a mixture of motorway, A roads and country lanes - I generally press on and we get around 47-48mpg.
However... the car was back to the dealers no less than 7 times in the first year. The Central Locking has failed twice. The drivers headrest trim fell apart rendering it useless. There was a passenger airbag recall, and most annoyingly a loud rattle has developed somewhere under the dash when the engine is under load. Despite a number of visits and an extended stay at the dealers the rattle returned after a couple of weeks back in our care. So, the car will be off the road again... not what we were expecting from Toyota.
Two tips: Avoid the MMT gearbox at all costs, it's a shocker; there is no boot space whatsoever with all 7 seats in use.
Overall, a good family car let down by small faults.
This car looks good and has loads of room inside.
I had problems with the MMT gearbox after only 6000 miles from new, when it left me stranded and unable to move. It was repaired under warranty with the advice that it would not happen again.
The next time was whilst I was crossing three lanes of traffic, but fortunately I managed to coast to the roadside and avoid an accident. This meant more repairs, this time replacing more parts and gearbox oil with a new formula as advised by Toyota. The car also had other problems that were sorted.
The local service guys have been great, but Toyota UK has been completely useless.
I did not feel safe in the car, so I sold it back to the dealer at a loss, but the safety of my family is more important. I have told them all models with this gearbox should be recalled.
Do not buy with an MMT gearbox.
Do Not Buy The MMT gearbox. This gearbox has a major fault and is dangerous, which will not be admitted by Toyota. The local dealers personnel have admitted it but Toyota UK will not, obviously. It will leave you stranded in the middle of a junction without any gear..... and jump out of gear when it likes, Yes scared me on a regular basis. (20,000 miles worth) This has lead to a big fight with Toyota and the dealer, (remember) under the Sales of goods act 1979, the dealer has to provide a vehicle which is free from defects and suitable for purpose (amongst other things). This car is not, Toyota will get away with this as they are too big to take to court. Also they have mentioned the faults in the Manual and therefore will say in court, "it is supposed to do that", cleaver move by Toyota. Do not buy this car with the MMT gearbox, there are other options out there which are cheaper and better. The dealer would not even give me a good trade in price as they new they would have problems selling it. I have gone to SEAT who have given me a very good price for the car and put me in an ALTEA with the VW DSG gearbox.
The rest of the car is good, the 2 seats in the boot are cleaver but only used them twice in 2 years. Hard to get in and out of. Not really much use for me. If you want 7 seats buy a bigger MPV, if you want a 5 seat MPV buy an ALTEA (cheaper and the gearbox works)
DO NOT BUY THIS CAR WITH THE MMT GEARBOX, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
Having looked at nearly every mid-size MPV and small/medium 4x4, we picked the Corolla Verso based on size, package, layout, comfort, cost and most importantly, safety.
It has seven seats, a fold-flat payload deck and five-star Euro NCAP rating at this price, as well as a well-behaved diesel engine with great relative performance and fuel economy (I get a minimum of 40mpg, and I drive it hard!).
As a total package, I cannot fault this car or the dealership service I have received over the last 18 months. I have worked in the automotive industry for 20 years and have a critical slant when it comes to vehicles, but find it hard to fault anything in this car.
I like the Toyota quality and refinement so much, I have now bought an Avensis 2.2 D4-CAT T180 to go with the Verso. That's another great product, but not quite so easy to access with young children.
Verso - highly recommended!
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