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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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42 reader reviews for Toyota Corolla Verso.
  • 1.8 VVT-i T3 5dr

    Paul Docherty , berwickshire . Date: 20/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    On the plus side, the cabin is spacious, the equipment feels well put together and the car feels extremely safe and secure.

    However after three months with the car, I am looking to get rid of it. The reason? Having driven automatics for the past 20 years, I was assured that the MMT gearbox would be as smooth as a standard box and deliver the economy of a manual. Well it does deliver economy but it also delivers an extremely jerky ride whether you select standard or sports mode.

    The problem is the time it takes to change gear so when, for example, you are slowing down to enter a roundabout, the gearbox decides you want to drop from 2nd to 1st and starts the process. However by the time it actually does so you may have started to accelerate. The result is a jerk quickly followed by another jerk as the gearbox senses that you have accelerated so it changes up again.

    This jerkiness and the fact that it seems to change gear at strange times has had a quite unexpected effect on myself, my family and other people who travel in the car - we get car sick. When twice checked at Toyota dealers, the gearbox was found to be operating normally. However when discussing the problem with the technician, I was told a different story. A story of "umpteen" people complaining and of salesmen maybe not being as "full and frank" as they could be when asked if the gearbox operation would be smooth as a conventional gearbox.

  • 1.8 VVT-i T3 5dr

    mark granton , east yorkshire . Date: 04/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Corolla Verso is a fantastic family car. It is a bit like the Tardis from Dr Who.

    It looks small on the outside but, when you sit in it, there is loads of room. The downside is that it is a bit sluggish and isn't as nippy as the Corolla. However with all the safety features it has to offer it is a brilliant family car.

    One other downside is that you cannot see the front of the bonnet, which makes parking in tight spots very difficult. My wife is having a lot of trouble with parking it, and has to now look for bigger parking spaces.

  • 1.8 VVT-i T Spirit 5dr

    Roger Reed , Essex . Date: 23/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought the top of the range with sat nav and leather seats.

    1)The sat nav traffic avoidance didn't work from the begining. It took four visits to the dealership before it worked. 3)The Driver's leather seats stitching started splitting after 6000 miles. 4)Seat Height Adjustment handle has broken off 3 times within that 6000 miles, 5)The DVD has supposedly been replaced 3 times within that milage

    Coupled with bad customer services, workmanship all the way through to the principle of the dealership has ruined the rest of the car. I have been so disappointed that after 11months of ownership I have decided to sell, accepting that in 1 year the car has depreciated £7500.

    The bad service from the dealership may not represent all Toyota Dealers.

  • 2.0 D-4D T Spirit 5dr

    Phil Dust , Staffordshire . Date: 15/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my Verso T-Spirit D-4D in April 05 and have covered 60,000 miles now. I would say the car is excellent but some of the interior trim is below Toyota standards. I have had 4 seat runners replaced as the plastic breaks easily.

    Fuel economy is around 44mpg but the car eats a set of front tyres every 12,000 miles and at £80 each that's not cheap. Brakes only last 8,000 miles and I'm on my 3rd set of discs although this is covered under warranty.

    Having just test drove the new 2.2 D-4D it's amazing just how heavy mine is. We are getting a new version next month and the new car is lighter in every way. The steering, brakes, clutch etc all feel so much better on the new car and it's so much quieter than my current version.

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