2004 Toyota Verso 1.8 petrol


Would I buy another Toyota? Possibly. But not a 1.8 VVT. And not a Verso


We bought this car as we needed a 7 seater, and everyone says Toyota are reliable as they have a cam chain instead of a belt.

The car drives as you would expect from this type of car, but I was quite shocked at how noisy it was on the motorway after driving my Peugeot 406.

But it definitely was not very reliable. We'd had it a couple of days when the radio stopped working. Then a few weeks later it started squealing when we put on the air con, which wasn't very cold.

Then after 1 month the engine oil light came on. So I filled it up with 5 liters of oil. Then 4 weeks later the light came on again and I had to put in another 4 liters. The engine did not smoke or leak.

Since I have found out there is a problem with the 1.8 VVT engine used in this car, and Toyota recalled thousands over the fault.

We also noticed the car would stall if it was low on fuel. Even before the fuel light comes on.

We also had temperamental problems with the silly, over complicated, push start, push stop system sometimes not starting.

The car also gained a rattle like an exhaust rattle at higher revs. Don't know what it was.

Then just before we sold it only 2 months later, we had a problem with the car being lumpy at low revs.

So not very impressed.

General Comments:

Comfort OK, 6 out of 10, not as good as my Peugeot. But better than most Vauxhalls I have driven.

Handling was not bad for this type of car.

Running costs were expensive, with tax of £220 a year.

Fuel consumption quite high - less than 30 MPG.

Engine performance - revved freely, pulled OK, but noisy.

Gearbox worked OK.

Brakes were actually very good.

Practicality - very practical due to having 7 fully adjustable seats. But a very small boot, and not big enough for a suitcase when all 7 seats are in use. And not enough leg room in the rear seat even for my 5 year old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th July, 2015