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Overall reader 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
    4 out of 5 stars

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41 reader reviews for Toyota Verso MPV.
  • 1.8 VVT-I T Spirit 5dr

    David Bate , Cheshire . Date: 19/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased my Verso 1.8 VVT-i Spirit MMT on an 04 plate one month ago. The car has travelled 15,000 miles and is in very good condition.

    I have owned a Toyota Previa for six years and a Toyota RAV4 for seven years which I have been very pleased with, both having automatic gearboxes. On paper and on external appearance, the Verso met my needs for space and comfort.

    However, the MMT gearbox is proving difficult to live with. It is not an automatic, but a manual with motors doing the gearchange for you. There are three modes - E (easy), ES (easy sports) and Manual. In E and ES mode, the car changes gears upredictably and it is not smooth like an automatic. A different technique is required which I am slowly getting used to.

    However, when in town and regular gear changes are needed, it can be annoying. I tend to switch to manual mode, which is like tiptronic - you select the gear without pressing a clutch pedal. The gearbox automatically changes down as you slow down. I am told that MMT gearboxes are a new innovation which all cars will be adopting in the future. I am not so sure that will be so.

    On the motorway, there is a loud engine booming sound from 65-70mph. However this appears to disappear at over 70mph. It feels like it needs another gear or a bigger engine.

    Overall, the car is beautifully made and spacious. Unless you pay over £30,000, some compromises must be expected. Insurance rating 8 and good fuel economy for such a large car soften the blow.

  • 1.8 VVT-I T3 5dr

    Mark Checksfield , Kent . Date: 08/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I got a very good from my local dealer and for the first time in my driving life, I am unable to find real fault with my own choice.

    I have 2 young children and although I rarely use 7 seats the overall practicality is excellent. The car drives extremely well. My T3 has stability control and it seems to do a very good job, though I've not driven a T2 for comparison. The 1.8 petrol engine wins no races and can get thirsty if pushed. However, driving sensibly and keeping cruise set to legal speeds on the motorway, has returned almost 40mpg, at least that's what the computer says. I find that both traction control and ABS come into play earlier than I'm used to but that's not really a criticism.

    Overall I'm very pleased with my Verso and would recommend the car and Toyota dealers.

  • 1.6 VVT-I T2 5dr

    trevor bleasby , yorkshire . Date: 25/05/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Very good overall,nice and smooth drive,good handling for an mpv,well built and gives loads of confidence that it wont let you down, with the seats down you can get loads of stuff in the back only problem is that it takes longer to stow the load cover than fold the seats, i have the trim 2 and find the seats show marks very easy. Overall a well built car nice to drive and gives an avarage mpg of 40

  • 2.2 D-4D T180 5dr

    tim brooking , essex . Date: 28/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drove this car and a number of others in the range, initially feeling that the Verso would not be the one for me - I wasn't sure about its looks, style, or badge. However, I have to say that it handles very well for a tall car - you can throw it around and it is very responsive.

    However, the T180 is something else. There are few things more satisfying than pulling onto a motorway with a high performance, expensive car tailgating you with the sole purpose of leaving you in its wake at the first possible opportunity.

    Okay, it was a Lexus 300 but the expression on the drivers face must have been total surprise, as not only was he unable to overtake the T180 but was actually left behind until I had eased off the accelerator, having reached 70mph in no time at all.

    The salesman explained that the T180 is as fast if not faster in third gear as the Porsche Boxster!

    In an ideal world, I would own two cars, a practical family car like the Verso and a sports car just for my own driving pleasure. I think that this T180 goes some way to solving this problem. I want one!

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