1998 Toyota Paseo Review

1998 Toyota Paseo 1.5 Si 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla


A fine handling coupe


Nothing went wrong on this car in the whole time I owned it.

General Comments:

The Paseo is a nice, well-proportioned looking small coupe, but it doesn't have any styling details that make it stand out.

Inside it is pretty dull. The interior doesn't look like that of a sports coupe. It looks like it was lifted straight out of the Corolla.

Performance was only average and not really fitting of a sports coupe. A 1.5 litre engine is too small for a car like this.

In its favour, the Paseo handles very well indeed. It is genuinely entertaining to drive fast along rural B-roads. The gearchange and steering feel good too.

The engine, though underpowered, is very reliable, and Toyota's dealer service is still second to none. For a small coupe the Paseo feels safe and durable.

Good seats, but at 6 foot 3 inches tall I found the driving position a bit cramped.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2004

19th Jul 2006, 18:54

The interior was actually lifted directly from the Tercel.

19th Nov 2010, 20:51

Hello, I'm about 6'4", and I was wondering if the car is really that cramped?

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review