Used Toyota Avensis Verso 2003 - 2009 review

Category: MPV

Section: Our recommendations

2003 - 2009 review
Toyota Avensis Verso (03 - 09)
  • Toyota Avensis Verso (03 - 09)
  • Toyota Avensis Verso (03 - 09)
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Which used Toyota Avensis Verso estate should I buy?

Power comes from two 2.0-litre engines - a 115bhp D4-D diesel or a 147bhp VVT-i petrol. Both are only just up to the job of hauling around what is a fairly heavy car and can feel breathless on the motorway or when you have your whole brood aboard.

Neither engine is especially refined, either. While the petrol delivers its power smoothly and is civilised around town, it becomes boomy at higher speeds. As for the diesel, there's no mistaking which fuel it drinks because it sounds gruff at all times. Still, it'll manage an extra 10 miles on each gallon so it's our pick.

Two trims are offered, and even the cheaper T3 cars have climate control, a CD player, remote central locking, all-round electric windows and six airbags. T-Spirit adds alloy wheels, roof rails and a DVD player with two headrest-mounted screens, but you'll pay a hefty premium for these.