I had this top of the range car as a demonstrator for three weeks, and after less than a week I stopped driving it because it's not very nice.
The car looks good from afar, but Toyota has been miserly with the quality of the interior and the overall layout could be much better. The substandard quality, horrible plastic dashboard top marks easily without any assistance or misuse from occupants. I don't like the slightly off-centre driving position, and the arm rests are way too narrow to be of any use.
There's a mix of conventional instruments (speedometer, rev counter, petrol gauge) and then warning lights for coolant temperature, voltage and so on - make up your mind, Toyota, one type or the other!
It's adequate in terms of space and the engine/gearbox are both very good, and it's reasonably comfortable. Toyota might consider doing away with having stuff such as cruise control as standard and buy better quality interior materials instead. There is so little difference between the T2 and T-Spirit as to make no discernable difference, apart from purchasing costs.
Overall, this car lacks the serious quality to compete with VW, Ford, Renualt or even Vauxhall for this market, and it's not even that cheap in the first place.
For those who have this as a company car, or for those who are prepared to lose money on it, then be my guest.
Reliability is sure to be legendary, though.
We chose the Verso because of the space and the occasional need for 7 seats. The 3rd row seats are really only suitable for kids or very small adults at a push, though we have found them invaluable on many occasions.
As another submisson on here has mentioned the set-up for hiding the rear load cover is a pain, you have to disassemble the rear of the car to put it away, if your looking at one in the showroom ask the salesman to demonstrate it for you......
The ability to fold all the rear seats flat is a real boon and it turns the car into van with vast amounts of space, very handy for Ikea visits.
We specced up with rear parking sensors which you really do need (if you have them on a car once you can never live without them) and smoked rear windows, which look good with the silver paintwork.
A couple of extra's I am suprised you dont get as standard are a 6 disc CD changer or an Aux in for the stereo for ipods etc...
The 1.8 engine pulls well, but boy is it noisy when your pushing hard, thats the biggest fault with the car really, its well made very practical and great around town or on the open road, though you need the decent stero cranked up to hide the engine noise.
My wife uses the Verso as she is a registered childminder, so it needs to be very flexible and durable. We test drove the Zafira, and was disappointed with the update. Still dark and dull, and found the Verso to be better built, higher spec, safer and more pleasing to the eye.
I've just taken a 2.2 diesel T3 on a 300-mile test-drive on a mix of motorways, lanes and A-roads. I currently drive a new-type Saab 9-3 and I'm only looking at an MPV because I like a more upright driving position.
The engine's smooth and flexible, it mops up the miles with ease. The gearbox is a delight, and everything falls easily to hand and is straightforward to use. It's not an exciting car to drive, but not boring either, and it improves with distance.
There's enough performance, it corners well (more roll than an average saloon but not enough to be a problem) and it's easy to keep speed up on a twisty road. It's an ideal tourer and I'd rather drive this for a fortnight around Scotland than my current car.
The only downside was the uncomfortable seats - there was no proper lumbar support (or it's too low), and they were harsh on the posterior.
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