The need for a larger family car directed me to the MPV market. With first child iminent (very iminent!!) typically we needed something that the 2006 Lexus 220 IS lacks....namely boot space! The 2.2 D-4D SR variant of the is well worth considering. We have covered 5k miles and returning about 51mpg combined driving. height adjustable front seats, reversing sensors and six speed gearbox, along with cruise control is also very nice. rear seats are supportive and there is ample room for the childrens stuff. The dual climate control is nice and easy to use and the darkened rear glass reduces glare inside the car. The CD player is a single disk affair (but how many can you listen to at once??)and has no ipod connection. The dash is well laid out, practical, and easy to understand and navigate. Time will tell if it stands the test of time.
We were this close to signing for a C4 Picasso... but in hindsight I am pleased that we didnt. Low road noise, airy cabin, flexible seating and low running costs (especially insurance) make for as sound all round investment for the money.
What a car! Practical, looks good and drives better than expected for an MPV. Test drove S-Max and the Honda FR-V before settling on the Verso and have not been dissapointed so far.
The interior is roomy and much bigger than the external dimensions would lead you to believe. It also feels well put together and solid to drive and the 2.2 engine lacks no power at all, in fact it will hold its own against a number of cars which cost twice as much (as some poor BMW driver found out!).
The SR model, which we have, also allows you to turn off the traction control for a bit of extra fun - a nice touch which helps you to feel like you've not totally given up all the fun of driving despite having an MPV.
Overall, its a very good, family, car with loads of extras you wouldn't normally expect on this type of vehicle. My advice would be to go for an SR or T3 spec where possible and definately the diesel engine.
If there is a downside, I haven't found it yet - so will be back to update this should things not continue as well as they have been!
This car is spacious and comfortable to drive, and an excellent family car. I have to agree the seat material is awful and stains easily. It can be sluggish at times.
I am also having a problem with paintwork: this is our second Verso, as we complained about our 1st Verso as small stonechips appeared all over the car and it looked awful. They eventually agreed to change it, but at our cost. They were very unhelpful and rude about the whole thing. We ended up buying a new model and - guess what - it's happening again. It's just started to appear and when we called them today they was not interested and uptight about it, which we expected. It's a mystery - and we are not near a rail way track either!
Any help on this I would be great. I have read one review with the same issue. Are there anymore out there?
We do love the car, but not the stonechips!
within 2 months thw car stuck in druise control set at 70mph on the M40. Nothing that I did would cancel it. The road became the A40 and the cars infront slowed down but I could not. I tried to pass between the 2 cars in front but unfortunately hitthe one on the near side. The only way to stop the car was then to lock the wheels with the handbrake. Toyota(GB) customer services have been a nightmare to deal with. Ater taking the car away to Epsom, Surrey for testing they agreed to take the car off the road and refund my money. Unfortunately this incident was back in early September and the matter is not resolved. Toyota(GB) customer services are a nightmare to deal with! I liked the car for the 2 months that I drove it but would never buy another. The Toyota engineer's report is available should anyone want to read it.
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