Used Toyota Picnic MPV 1997 - 2001 review

Category: MPV

Section: Our recommendations

1997 - 2001 review
Toyota Picnic MPV (97 - 01)
  • Toyota Picnic MPV (97 - 01)
  • Toyota Picnic MPV (97 - 01)
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Our recommendations

Which used Toyota Picnic MPV should I buy?

Toyota offered the Picnic with two engines - a 126bhp 2.0-litre petrol and a 86bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel. The diesel is more fuel efficient, but the difference isn't huge, so the petrol is the pick of the range, providing surprisingly lively performance and greater refinement.

There are three trims to choose from, with entry GS cars equipped with front and rear electric windows, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, remote central locking and twin front airbags.

We'd recommend spending a bit more to get a mid-spec GL car, because it also comes with anti-lock brakes - a key safety feature. In addition, GL trim (which was rebadged GLS in 1998) has a CD stereo, driver's seat height adjustment and air-con, while range-topping GX models have twin sunroofs and steering wheel-mounted stereo controls.