I think the interior is well put together and find it quite comfortable to drive, although I have had to have a new armrest fitted due to wear after just 18 months. The rear tonneau cover is terrible, very fiddly, heavy and awkward to remove/replace. If you use it in 7 seat mode there is absolutely no room for any luggage, except maybe a brolly, so I would suggest a bigger car or a luggage box.
The engine is the worst feature about this car. I find it very noisy and reminiscent of the older engines - you definitely know it's a diesel. I find I have to rev the engine hard at low speed to get it to perform normally. It is very hesitant when hurrying to get out of a side street and I would even go as far as to say that I consider it dangerous. It stalls far too easily, at which point the steering becomes unmanageable. It is averaging just 34mpg which I find disgraceful. I have complained to Toyota and they had it checked at my local garage, said it was fine and washed their hands of it. Unfortunately, I am stuck with it for another 2 1/2 years.
I bought a new Corolla Verso in 2004. The good things about the car are its space, driving position, interior design and equipment level. However, I think the bad things about the car far outweigh any good points.
It has had many problems, including poor-fitting trim (such as the interior rear-view mirror falling off and condensation inside the rear headlamps), but the most worrying fault has been recurrent problems with the MMT gearbox.
The MMT problem first started in 2005 with the car stalling while we were on a busy dual carriageway. The problem was supposedly fixed, but the problem soon recurred, initially starting off as jerky gear changes culminating in the car stalling again, thankfully this time occuring on a quiet lane. I was told there was a fault with the clutch.
Surely Toyota should have issued a recall for the MMT fault, especially as it is a serious safety issue and should also ensure better quality control at the plant where the verso is made? Thankfully, to date the MMT has been OK, but I have stated to Toyota that should the problem recur I will be leaving the car for good at a Toyota dealer, as I cannot risk my life or that of my family.
I have had major problems with the MMT gearbox. Last year when the car was less than one year old, the car went into neutral while being driven. We were lucky that the there was nothing travelling behind us on the road and we pulled over.
We were told that there was a known manufacturing fault with the clutch and that there was a new modified part available. The clutch and ECU was replaced.
A few weeks later the same problem occurred again, and the same parts were replaced again. Now, a few weeks ago, the problem happened again on a major A-road with kids in the car. The car in is the garage again.
Now I am told that there is a problem with the progamming of the ECU - I hate the car. I am nervous and do not want to drive it again. It is a danagerous car and I do not wish take the risk with my life or my three young kids again.
Has anyone out there got any similar problems?
I have been driving my Verso for just over a year, covering 24,000 miles so far. This is my first MPV after having a succession of mid-size family cars, the last one being a Renault Laguna II 1.8 Dynamique.
The difference between the Renault and the Verso is stellar! The Verso has proved completly faultless.
Performance is also markedly improved over a petrol 1.8 - the 0-60mph dash is a good second slower, but the in-gear performance is vastly improved. On an A- and B-road run, this car is far quicker, while averaging 46mpg (I got 32mpg at best from the Laguna). The tank will give me 420-450 miles between fill-ups.
The interior materials are hard-wearing, and the seat fabric is holding up well to the rigours of my five- and eight-year old children. The fold-flat seats are a real boon, too - at the time of purchasing, the Verso was the only car to do it; quite a few do now.
The tonneau cover is fiddly to stow away, but what other MPV has a better way? Most don't stow at all. Inside the car is roomy - the middle row are well catered for (provided the third row isn't in use). The third row are for kids only or occasional use - if you're going to use this row regularly (especially by adults), get a full-size MPV.
Overall, I'm pleased with the car. It has great levels of standard kit, is ultra-reliable, cheap to service and is a nice relaxing economical drive. Even when you're pressing on, the car doesn't feel rushed at all - it's a definite mile-muncher.
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