I am ending a three-year period with this car and having travelled almost 90,000 miles - mainly on the motorway - I am now in the position to give some pointers! Bad points: the car has spent many days in and out of the garage with different issues. It has had a new ECU, new injectors, new manifolds, new steering column and an incurable misfire when hot and on long motorway journeys (which it still has, despite numerous trips to the dealer and investiagation during servicing). Twice it has gone into limp mode when on the outside lane of the M5 - this is quite scary! It does reset once you switch the engine off, though (hence new ECU etc.). To be fair to Toyota, all was covered under warranty - but it shouldn't be happening, should it? It has a poor turning circle, jiggly ride and I found the engine unrefined and severly underpowered. My wife's BMW 120d feels like an Exocet missile in comparison! Positive points: the sat-nav is great! The stereo is fantastic - it hides the rattling engine brilliantly. There is plenty of room front and back and the boot is large enough to cope with most things. The driving position and seats are excellent. Toyota covered everything under warranty without question. Overall: if you want to pootle around it may by just what you want, if you're a bit more sporting then go for something else. I wish had opted for the similarly priced Honda Accord 2.2 CTDi.
Keith Taylor, June 4th 2007