2007 Toyota Ractis 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand
Underrated. If you can live with the looks, then it's the closest thing to a modern Mini
I hate wheezy automatics, but the CVT is the best of both worlds. If you're prepared to rev it (and boy does the VVT allow it to rev), then it goes better than a 1.5 should due, mainly due to the CVT. The paddle/sequential stick shifter is good on the twisties. 16" wheels, wide low profile tyres, great brakes, light weight and good balance mean this car handles a lot better than its looks would have you believe. Cruise control and fantastic fuel economy make it great on the open road. It's tall and roomy, even for a 6ft 4" guy. The clever cabin makes use of every bit of space.
Reliability: c'mon, it's a Toyota with a camchain. I've thrashed it for over 50,000Km with just an annual oil change at the local dealer. It goes and sounds just like when I first got it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 19th March, 2015
4th Aug 2015, 02:15
How do you rate the indicator performance? Does it auto shut off at round-abouts? Thanks.
22nd Jan 2017, 22:10
I currently own one. My only problem is that sometimes it just shuts down by itself, and the power steering sometimes just shuts down while driving... Is anyone having the same problems? Please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Nov 2018, 21:43
Yes I am having the same problem with my 2005 Toyota Ractis.