Used car review Toyota Avensis Verso |

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Toyota Avensis Verso

Used car review Toyota Verso

Like all Toyotas the Verso was competent at everything being brilliant at anything.

suitable transport for a family can be particularly when it’s a family.

Small families of two or kids aren’t a problem, the are many, but once the brood beyond that the choices diminish. There are a few wagons will accommodate seven, but really a squeeze. They be acceptable if you only need to seven on occasion, but if you need to do it like most families do, left looking at peoplemovers.

they first began to on the market 30 or so years ago peoplemovers effectively crudely converted vans. They weren’t safe, they certainly very comfortable, and they their occupants feel second-class citizens. Those are long gone thankfully and peoplemovers, like the Toyota Verso, are much more

Unlike most of its van-derived the front-wheel drive Toyota Verso was based on a car, the Avensis sold in Europe. the baggage of history it was forced to the Avensis Verso was something of a it really wasn’t that bad to

Compared to its primitive forebears it was to drive and had quite respectable manners. There was some roll, but it wasn’t too bad; it but that too wasn’t unacceptable. it followed the driver’s instructions faithfully and did its job quite well.

there was a 2.0-litre engine, but was replaced in 2003 with a unit. The 110 kW 2.0-litre unit with the mass of the Avensis particularly when loaded to the with kids and their

With 115 kW at 5700 revs and 211 Nm at revs the extra grunt of the 2.4-litre double overhead engine was a better choice. The choices were a smooth-shifting manual or a four-speed auto.

inside that the Avensis came into its own, a clever seating arrangement allowed seats to be moved to suit the need to carry or cargo. The centre seat was for two, but a little squeezy for and the use of a lap belt in the centre position ideal.

At the back the third seat was a cramped for adults, but would do the job for kids. If not needed for people the and third seats could be flat to open up the area to cargo, or sports gear, or might be needed.

The interior was finished and durable, important you carting kids around, and it was equipped with cup holders, bins, hooks for grocery cubby holes and other little touches for everyday

Toyota offered two models, the GLX and the The GLX came standard with air-conditioning, remote central power windows and mirrors, and a CD sound system.

A step up the was rewarded with alloy fog lamps, leather-trimmed steering roof racks and a rear A facelift in 2003 brought new and a new grille, new bumpers and new rear The 2.4-litre engine replaced the litre unit.

Pick up an 2.0-litre Avensis Verso GLX for add $500 and you’ll enjoy the For a later 2.4-litre you’ll pay for a GLX, or $18,000-$35,000 for an Ultima.

might not make the most cars to drive, but if it’s that gets you excited it’s the brand for you. The has an enviable reputation for build and reliability, but it’s a well-earned and the Avensis Verso is living up to is being reported from the the things that are spoken of are to be through simple wear and like brakes, tyres, etc. The good news is there’s a chain driving the to there’s no need for servicing as is on other makes.

Sound engineering and decent quality can’t make up for a of maintenance, so check for a service to ensure your chosen car has regularly serviced.

Like all the Avensis Verso was competent at without being brilliant at It rode comfortably, steered handled predictably, braked and performed with enough not to be an embarrassment. And like all Toyotas it was built and nicely finished, two that underpin the brand’s

While the dynamics of the Avensis were quite good for a they were still a when compared to a regular sedan.

It wasn’t particularly or agile when put to the test in an but standard ABS anti-lock brakes and brakeforce distribution aided safety.

On the passive safety front were dual front and seat belt pretensioners on all while the Ultima also side front airbags.

size and mass work a car like the Avensis when it to fuel consumption. Road reported the average fuel at 12.0-12.5 L/100 km.

Don Taylor and his bought their 2001 in 2002, having previously a Mazda 1300, two Golfs, a Prairie, a Mitsubishi Nimbus and two Taragos. They have driven over 200,000 km in the and apart from tyres, a and a windscreen, the only things have replaced or repaired are the struts.

The versatility of the seating/load arrangements, from one seat to with every number in is particularly appealing to them. only two people in the car, is a huge, flat-floored cargo The storage area under the holds a great deal and has very useful.

They appreciate the way the middle seat can be into a position that it possible to carry seven in reasonable comfort. Many of the peoplemovers that they looked at over the years not really been designed to put or even teenagers in the third

Despite the impressive people/cargo the Avensis is not a particularly large car to unlike some of the other available. They have it economical, reporting 10 L/100 km town and 8 L/100 km on the highway. On a trip they averaged 7.5 km over a distance of 4000 km, Don says was very pleasing.

Toyota Avensis Verso

. competence.

Modest performance.


Predictable handling.


Good build


. Odyssey — 2000-2008

rated the best in its class the transformed the peoplemover market it was first introduced and has continued to set the for family transporters. Pay $14,000-$34,000.

. VW — 2005-2008

The largest and spacious in the class. If the big VW looks a van, that’s because of its relationship to the Transporter. But it’s comfortable, refined, well and a pleasure to drive. On the downside it is a vehicle, which can make it to drive and park. The option of a makes it economical. Pay $30,000-$40,000.

Compact peoplemover based on the offers car-like chassis diesel economy, with for seven at a pinch. If you’ve got a family the Golf makes a case. Pay $16,000- $25,000.


Highly rated is a well-built, reliable and solid for the family.

Toyota Avensis Verso
Toyota Avensis Verso
Toyota Avensis Verso

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