Toyota Verso 2008 model
Added: 15th of October 2013
We needed to upsize due to the birth of our son. Having had only good experiences with our Corolla and Yaris, we swapped the Corolla for the Verso. It wasn't quite as new as we hoped, but we trust the brand and were happy with the mileage on the one we identified. The test drive was also good. We took the plunge and I couldn't be happier with it. We have the sportier SR version and it has plenty of bite for overtaking, whilst offering a very smooth and spacious ride. There is a very generous boot and driving with 5 and a full boot offers no discomfort, although the centre seat belt in the rear could be designed a little better. Reliability has been great although there was a minor issue with build up of silt in the exhaust, which caused a minor judder. I took it into the dealers and they advised that it needs a good thrash to keep the exhaust clear. I generally change gear between 2-3000 revs and the Verso still serves you well for overtaking and setting a reasonable pace on the open road. I wouldn't usually push my car to 6000 revs but I now find a suitable point during my journey to work each morning. The problem hasn't resurfaced since. I don't think running costs are overly close to those of some of the competitors so if this is a big thing, you may be better looking at an alternative. For me, reliability, space and comfort are the main priorities as my mileage is about average (15-17000 miles per year). I wouldn't swap my Verso for anything, unless I won the lottery, in which case I would probably by a new one for the family to go alongside a new Aston Martin to run around in!