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NOW CLOSED Toyota Verso tester review thread. Non-testers, tell us how you'd like your car to be more versatile - £200 Love2shop voucher to be won

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 03-May-13 11:56:13

This thread is for the 8 Mumsnetters who are taking part in the extended test drive of the Toyota 7 Seat Verso over the next few weeks. Five testers and their families will also be making a video of their test drive - so look out for these on Toyota's page on Mumsnet soon.

Below are some questions for you to answer over the course of the test drive - please don't worry about answering all of them straight away, some may be more relevant after you've had the car for a week or so.

We'd like you to post updates on this thread at least twice a week - more if you'd like!

Questions
What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car?
What do the children think of it?
Do the children fit comfortably in it?
How easy is it to fit car seats/ adjust seats etc?
What's it like to drive?
Is it a comfortable ride?
What's the boot space like?
How easy or difficult was it to change the layout of the seats?
Does it have any useful extras - cup holders etc?
Has testing this car made you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in future?
Has testing this car changed your perception of Toyota cars at all? If so, how?
What one thing do you like best about it?
What one thing would you change about it?

For those of you not taking part in the extended test drive, the Toyota Verso is all about versatility, so we'd like to hear your thoughts on this - please share on this thread how you'd like your car to be more versatile.
What do you wish your car could do to help make your life easier? If there was one feature or gadget your car could be fitted with what would it be?
Share your comments and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a £200 Love2Shop voucher

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

Tigerlily13 Fri 03-May-13 12:44:50

Eeek, just had a call from the dealer - getting to pick the car up this afternoon!!:-D

SuedeEffectPochette Fri 03-May-13 13:18:20

I am not a tester, but the thing I would like to make life easier, well safer actually, would be a child's headrest with built in side protection. If there were spare of these I could swap them over when my tween children are in the car......... perhaps I will go and google and see if they already exist!

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 03-May-13 13:55:05

Don't forget to video the pick up Tigerlily13! Enjoy smile

BatCave Fri 03-May-13 17:34:00

I'm picking up tomorrow, pretty excited, its coincided nicely with our holiday so that'll properly test it out. i reckon I'm going to look a tit on video though!

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 03-May-13 17:37:19

BatCave videos will be edited don't worry wink

TicTacSir Fri 03-May-13 17:47:43

We're all so excited, especially my ds who is a car boffin, having known all the badges and makes since he was one!! Pick up is on 18th... Can't wait grin

Only 8 testers?? Delighted to have been selected! Collecting the car tomorrow morning and have a busy weekend ahead, looking forward to testing it out! grin

Rosehassometoes Sat 04-May-13 11:38:09

Non tester-
Quite simple- enough drinks holders. If we get coffee (or whispers ..drive through fast food) we are always juggling cups.

A boot with a removable dividers would be good too- eg to stop food rolling around in boot or separate muddy wellies etc

Tigerlily13 Sat 04-May-13 12:11:21

Just tried to put the car seat in, and it doesn't seem to fit. Looked it up on the britax fit finder and it's not compatible - nightmare, didn't think to check, not sure what to do now?

Oodsigma Sat 04-May-13 13:20:29

What do you wish your car could do to help make your life easier?
Our Bongo has a extra mirror fitted that means you can see the rear bumper as you reverse. All cars should have these rather than sensors ( auntie crashed info a pole that fell between the sensors!)


If there was one feature or gadget your car could be fitted with what would it be?

I love sliding doors. Makes life much easier in car parks/with car seats.

mamatiger Sat 04-May-13 14:40:29

Ok, after much excitement we collected the car this morning & have out it through its paces doing the Saturday dance class drop/pick up. First impressions are really favourable...Its so shiny, blue & new! The kids love the seats in the back/boot & there is a special mirror to check on them from the front, which is a really nice touch. Feeling a touch ridiculous doing the videos but its getting a bit easier. Taking my folks out in it tomorrow & am genuinely looking forward to driving it.

nannynick Sat 04-May-13 14:53:45

As a non-tester, I would like a car that takes various child car seats with ease. No problems getting ISO Fix seats to fit due to slightly wrong position of the fixing points. No hassles with fitting using the seat belt. No hassles fitting 3 car seats next to each other in a row.

Out of interest... any of the testers have lots of carseats - if so, how many can you fit in the car, fitted and usable (so not just thrown in the bootspace!). For example, in the 7 seat Verso, can you fit three car seats in a row? If so, what types of seat - all Group 1?

BatCave Sat 04-May-13 20:42:31

First drive today, took my sister, her fiancé, toddler baby and husband out for the afternoon. We have 2 carseats, a Britax First Class which is forward facing for the toddler and a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix for the baby. So 4 adults and 2 carseats and it all fit in quite comfortably. We are all pretty tall (both men over 6 foot) and although on first look it might seem like it might be cramped, overall comments were that it was comfortable and enough leg room.

I think the only negative we found today was that with the 2 seats in the back in use (ie not folded flat) there was not much boot space, we had to leave the pushchair at home. I think (although I haven't tested this yet) you might be able to get 3 carseats in the middle without using the back two seats which would free up boot space.

I am planning a trip over the next couple weeks where I pick up a friend with her 2 children, so 2 adults and 4 car seats so hopefully that will answer the question about car seats!

Hi

We collected our car this morning and firstly would like to comment on the excellent service from Arnold Clark, Bishopbriggs. Really friendly, knowledgable and patient. Couldn't fault them at all.

On first impressions, the car is really attractive. We've got a blue model with some lovely alloys which are dark grey I think? The car looks great and we were proud to be driving it today.

Inside, the audio system is fantastic. Hooked up to bluetooth on my iphone really quickly and the stereo system then played from the music on my iphone - even if my phone was in my handbag in the boot! The car also has a usb plug to charge your phone and we also tested the handsfree today which is really user friendly.

The car has cruise control, which i'm not very familiar with and a bit reluctant to try out to be honest. An absolute breeze to drive, very smooth through the gears and light to steer. A handy 'shift' display on the dashboard which recommend changing up or down a gear at times to improve fuel efficiency and a display on the central screen to show the mpg on your journey. The central screen also converts to a rear camera feed when reversing.

Plenty of cup holders in this car - two in the central unit by the hand brake, 1 in each of the four doors and also 2 in the boot where the rear two seats would be.

I noticed the car mat in the rear - it's in the form of a plastic tray (with a nice matt finish so it doesn't look tacky) and stretches from the door frame on one side, across to the door frame on the other. Genius invention, will avoid crumbs and dirt accumulating in the centre of the rear footwell.

Also, the steering wheel is adjustable, not just raising or lowering but also pushing it nearer the dash or pulling it further towards the driver. I really liked this function, particularly as the location of the dials (central dash angled towards the driver) could be a bit obscured depending on the position of the steering wheel.

2 glove boxes - one of which is chilled.

What do the children think of it?
DS2 (almost 2): I like it car!
Our eldest child (3.5yrs) loves the tray on the rear of the seat in front. Windows are fairly user friendly for the kids. Easy to get in and out of the car, my two children fit in ok but the leg room isn't great. My husband and I (6'3 and 5'10) both drive with the driver's seat fairly far back and a group 1 car seat behind the driver's seat doesn't leave our youngest much leg room. I think we'll be swapping over the group 1 and the high back booster seat so that the group 1 is behind the passenger seat for more leg space. Plenty of space in the boot for the pram. On first impressions, the space for a seven seater isn't great, particularly when compared to a touran which we have driven and been passengers in previously. Will investigate this further over the next few days but we were happy with the space when the rear two seats are folded down.

Ooo - and another two cup holders on the trays in the rear of the driver and passenger seats!

Pisspoorresults Sat 04-May-13 21:37:08

Non-tester.
Love my verso. Definitely fits 3 car seats across middle row. Britax first class seats.

Ok so it's not the biggest 7 seater on the market but its versatile with the space, very easy to move seats. Drives as though you're in a normal car and not a bus!

Love it.

Tigerlily13 Sat 04-May-13 23:26:12

Pisspoorresults - have you had the first class seats professionally fitted? Been offered one to borrow as my britax eclipse doesn't fit, but the britax fit finder doesn't say the first class is compatible either?! Confused!

Tigerlily13 Sun 05-May-13 03:18:30

Pisspoorresults - have you had the first class seats professionally fitted? Been offered one to borrow as my britax eclipse doesn't fit, but the britax fit finder doesn't say the first class is compatible either?! Confused!

BatCave Sun 05-May-13 14:01:19

Tigerlily13 I managed to get my Britax first class in ok, I put it on the middle row behind the drivers seat.

mamatiger Sun 05-May-13 20:21:54

First time since ds was born (3yrs ago) that we've been able to go on a trip out in the same car when my parents are visiting. We went to Columbia Road flower market and managed to get all out flowers & plants in the boot thanks
All the passengers said it was surprisingly roomy and comfortable in the back.
I am really enjoying driving the car, it's a really smooth drive, altho I must confess I stalled it a couple of times while I was getting used to it blush
My 6yo dd has worked out how to put the middle seat down so she can get out too. Kids are still enjoying being in the 'boot' seats, although I think next week when I've got other children I'll move the carseats about a bit & see what works best.

mamatiger Sun 05-May-13 20:24:49

I also second what Dontworrybaby said about the Bluetooth...it was set up really quickly & easily & works as soon as I get in the car with my phone. Much better that the Bluetooth in my own car.

heymammy Sun 05-May-13 20:35:43

Oooh, I can feel my excitement ramping up. grin

I collect mine next Sat from Bishopbriggs. dontworrybaby do you think the folk at Arnold Clark will help me fit the isofix car seat...I've never done it before and DP is inconveniently in New York that day <bugger!>

Also...did you leave your own car there? Think I might have to seeing as I'll be picking it up on my own.

HeyMammy They offered to fit our carseats so I'm sure they'll help you too. Can take 5-10 minutes to be given a quick guide to all the bits n bobs so might be worth taking someone along with you to help keep any kids occupied for a few minutes? I didn't leave my own car there as we're a 1 car family so are enjoying having 2 cars for a fortnight.

LeonieDeSainteVire Mon 06-May-13 18:56:33

tigerlily I'm not on this test drive but have a Verso and have a Britax First Class (yes professionally fitted) and it fits in all three proper rear seats.

I don't know this for certain but I dont think you can put car seats that are secured with seat belts (ie Group0+/1) in the back two folding seats.

ginauk84 Tue 07-May-13 12:44:49

Non-tester -

I am looking at changing my car for something a bit bigger (have a honda civic).

What I love about it is the back seats fold up so you can put big items in there if you have got a boot with stuff in - for us normally dogs.

The back seats also then completely fold flat which is great again as most cars there is a bit of an angle when the seats are down but not so with the civic. So taking stuff to the tip etc is a doddle.

Would love to see these features on other cars, make it a really versatile car.

dahville Tue 07-May-13 12:46:03

Not a tester - I would like an integrated ISO fix (as an option), e.g. remove the seating and there is an ISO fix, all ready for the car seat.

The other thing, especially with people carriers, is that though it's great to have option of folding down seats and making more space in the boot, it would be safer when kids are in the car if there were some sort of rigid barrier between the reconfigured boot and the remaining seating.

Wolfcub Tue 07-May-13 12:52:42

I'm not a tester but two (related things) that would make my car more versatile would be - a rear bumper that folds under the car slightly in order to create a flat loading platform for the boot so that items can just be lifted or slid straight in rather than having to be lifted over the lip of the boot (I have a large estate car and I'm thinking of recent purchases like a new oven and washing machine, trips to the tip and ikea flatpack furniture rather than weekly shopping). I'd also like rear passenger seats which could be removed from the car to extend the flat loading space - folding them down creates another lip which makes sliding larger heavy items into the boot harder than it needs to be.

Non-tester.

I'd love both front and rear parking sensors for my car.

I'd also like a better way of keeping an eye on children in the back of the car. I found the mirror we had fitted to the back seat to keep an eye on DD in the rear facing car seat very difficult to line up with the rear view mirror and it kept shifting. Front facing children aren't even that much easier to see.

I hate putting the car seat in and out if the car or moving it yo different seats, so it would be great if car seats could be moved to different seats in the back to accomodate different passenger groups without having to undo all the straps, but I have no idea how you'd make that work!

ClaraOswinOswald Tue 07-May-13 13:06:50

My car isn't very versatile at all, but it is very economical to run. It is a small car, low tax, uses less fuel than a bigger car. But it is too small for large shopping items, more than a couple of overnight bags etc.

I would like a car that had all of the features of a large family car with the running costs of my Fiat Pop. Not too much to ask for is it?
smile

LeonieDeSainteVire Tue 07-May-13 13:13:52

I forgot to say the thing that would most improve my driving experience would be sliding back doors, it is so difficult to open the door wide enough to fasten the straps on a child's car seat when you are in a standard car parking space. I see the new Seat Alhambra has them now so obviously more manufacturers are recognising this is a good idea.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 07-May-13 13:43:51

I'd love my car to be fitted with a compact emergency kit, everything in one place and accessible without having to get out of the car. At the moment, I have hi-vis jackets under the driver's seat, a torch rolling around in a side pocket, first aid kit stuffed in the glove box, some tools in the boot...

lagoonhaze Tue 07-May-13 14:31:45

Id just love my car to accomadate 3 rear facing car seats and still have the back seats accessible. Yes Im asking for the moon on a stick I know.

LifeofPo Tue 07-May-13 14:54:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Suzieismyname Tue 07-May-13 15:00:03

I've got the Verso already, it's great.

Would love to be able to easily take out the centre middle row seat. We got the verso to make it easier to transport us for most of the time but also 2 grandparents on holidays. We'd have more legroom in the back and more space for bags if we could completely remove it.
Btw, we put a group 1 seat in the very back seats and it was fine. Britax Eclipse.

MissRee Tue 07-May-13 15:12:08

Not an official tester but I wish the boot were bigger on my car so I could fit more shopping in as well as DD's buggy etc!

poorbuthappy Tue 07-May-13 16:40:53

Right I'm bring a grumpy monkey here and am obviously very peed off with not being picked, but seriously?
8 testers in the whole of the uk and 2 of them are picking up from same dealership??
I'm blowing a grown up raspberry as I type this. smile

More useful storage in the boot area please!! As someone else said up thread, removable storage thingies for the boot to keep things separate.

mindingalongtime Tue 07-May-13 16:52:15

A non tester who was hoping to as my Mercedes is about to blow up and I'm not picking the new one up till next week!

It sounds as though it takes three seats across the middle really easily, that is a huge plus for a lot of childminders.

CointreauVersial Tue 07-May-13 18:28:15

Non-tester here (but another Verso driver, so I'm glad Toyota will be reading this!)

There are two features that I wish my Verso had - both boringly practical.

Firstly, a decent-sized bin/rubbish receptacle. It's a family car, and generates family-sized piles of crisp bags, tissues, tickets and other rubbish, but the bin/ashtray is a size of a tin of peas. Too small! Maybe put something in the door.

Secondly - I would love a car that gave me somewhere to put my handbag.

And one I wish it didn't have - a cigarette lighter! Right in the middle of the centre console, where inquisitive fingers can find it, so it had to be taken out, leaving an unsightly hole. A cigarette lighter in a 7-seat family car, in 2013? Really, Toyota?? (no, it's not needed for charging things, because there is a charger point a mere six inches away). Maybe it's there to justify the tin-of-peas-sized ashtray?

Other than that, fab, fab car.

PiHigh Tue 07-May-13 18:36:34

Non tester

I'd like the seats in our car to be more versatile so that we could adjust the storage space when going camping. The thing I would really like to see is something that allowed your seat & mirror positions to be set for each driver. Dh & I are very different sizes and it's a pain having to adjust things for each of us every time we get in the car.

CheeryCherry Tue 07-May-13 19:15:42

Non tester here.... I would love my car to have a more adjustable seat belt. I am not very tall, so I always put it on the shortest setting, but could do with more flexibility. I would also like to make my seat higher too. I'd like a heated steering wheel for winter and a quick clear windscreen.
Finally I would like it to be self cleaning! smile

We have a 51 plate Kia Carens, the one thing I'd really like to have in this car is a proper boot!! It's tiny, we can't go food shopping withher dc's as we need to fold a row of seats to get the shopping in. We're going away to a weekender on Thursday and I'm not entirely sure how we're going to fit everything in hmm

missorinoco Tue 07-May-13 22:08:49

Non tester.
I would like better storage behind the driver seats. Possibly mesh style bags so when the DC are older they can put their magazines etc in.

Slightly more space (I have a C Max) betweencar seats, so I can do up the seatbelt next to the forward facing car seat without contorting myself.

And an adjustable mirror to see the children behind. I am also short, and can squint at them only.

hermancakedestroyer Wed 08-May-13 09:16:56

Not a tester. Would love to have enough drinks holders in the car as we do a fair bit of travelling and are always struggling to know where to rest them. Also, I would appreciate a beeping noise to let me know if someone hadn't fastened their seatbelt correctly.

BellaVida Wed 08-May-13 10:36:30

Non-tester with 4 kids. Really for versatility it would have to be the seat configurations being variable, so split individual seats and easy mechanism to fold away or remove completely. Plus storage compartments around the car and in the boot and maybe a removable secure safety divider or barrier, for example to protect any child sat next to loose items in the split seats.
This would make it easier to transport large items, luggage, pushchairs, or their friends on playdates. Plus it would make it easier to clean. I get fed performing advanced yoga moves and scraping the skin off my knuckles trying to wedge the hoover nozzle in odd spaces!

frenchfancy Wed 08-May-13 12:30:48

non-tester. I love my verso. The one thing I miss from my previous car -a galaxy- is built in booster seats.

thepatioislumpy Wed 08-May-13 16:11:45

I can't wait - picking up on the 18th! I thought we had it for a holiday with me and 4dcs, massive boot, no worries with packing etc. However, the older two have now invited friends.

So we'll be giving it a real run for its money - 6 kids plus a dog for a week away... grin

thepatioislumpy Wed 08-May-13 16:17:02

Oh and now I'm off to check the britax website...

Different dealership here too!

firawla Wed 08-May-13 17:10:55

non tester, I would like my car to have more options for separating the child which is why I want to change from our 5 seater into 7 to give them all bit of extra space and stop them fighting!
drinks holder as someone mentioned would also be good, and i wish our car had dab radio we have the old fashioned one and when we go out of london we lose reception on the good channels

LeonieDeSainteVire Wed 08-May-13 18:39:06

thepatio how will you fit 7 people and a dog and luggage in confused are you mistaking it for the Tardis grin

thepatioislumpy Wed 08-May-13 20:24:54

I'm a pro at packing light grin

PinglePongle Wed 08-May-13 21:02:09

non tester - would love to have more pull out trays and drinks holders brew for long journeys and drive through food.

Also the option to have some kind of mirror to see baby when shes in the car seat facing backwards so that I can see if she's ok from the front without leaning over the front seat
smile

Tigerlily13 Wed 08-May-13 21:26:46

Well, when I collected the car I was by myself, and first impressions were good. It's a lovely glittery white, tinted windows, much smaller than expected for a people carrier!
I was shown around the car, impressed with the touch screen audio system. We're about a 40 min drive from the dealer so it got a good run on the way home. Having never driven a diesel I did notice that it is noisy compared to my usual petrol car. However, it is smooth and comfortable to drive and accelerates nicely.
The following day we attempted to fit the car seats, which is where the problem lies, as my toddler car seat doesn't fit! Had to beg and borrow from friends to find a suitable seat for my eldest to use.
Then hubby went to fix the isofix base for the baby seat, and that took him about half an hour, first trying to find the isofix anchors, then actually attaching the base. So so far not very child friendly! I have also found that my eldest can kick the back of the drivers seat, which he shouldn't be able to - so not much space in the car.
Plus side my huge double pushchairs fits easily in the boot - with the seats down anyway!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 08-May-13 21:35:19

I have a peugeot 5008 and wish it had a useable cup holder for the driver (the one between the 2 front seats is too far back and the armrests get in the way of using it.

I'd also love it to have sliding rear doors - we ummed and ahhhed lots about the importance of this, but it's my one big regret.

GetKnitted Wed 08-May-13 22:38:18

If our car was fitted with a hoover (dirt to go outside please) this would be excellent, as ds could clean up after himself as we go, aren't I a lovely mother.

wonderingagain Thu 09-May-13 07:05:31

We nearly bought a Verso 10 years ago but opted for the Multipla because it has reclining rear seats. The extra seat in the front was great. We now have a Nissan Tino and like the parking camera. It also has a 'curry hook' under the table at the back for takeaways.

My main issue with cars is storage for sundries. Built in bins would be great and a way to stop stuff rolling around the floor. Intuitive controls for audio etc are also essential. The Tinos are good. Decent space for school bags and coats behind seats.

wonderingagain Thu 09-May-13 07:07:46

Oh and please make it easy to clean with fewer nooks and crannies that collect debris.

I would love to have a car that looked smart and not like a 'family car' but was extremely family friendly.

There needs to be wipe clean surfaces, easy access to isofix, cup holders, storage, good sized boot and a tinted anti-sun glare window treatment so save little faces in the back of the car. It also needs to be easy to get in and out of and have enough space to manouvre around the back trying to get kids strapped in etc.

jennyn8545 Thu 09-May-13 15:29:15

Not testing, but how did i miss this one sad
we have three sons aged 2, 6 & 7. We currently have a vauxhall astra 1.6 which barely fits us all in with the boosters and baby seat.
Looking at the specs of the Toyota Verso, it looks fab. I really like like idea of the 2 occasional seats at the back, perfect for friends, storage and pets even. The one thing gadget i would like in my car would be built in dvd players, to keep the kids entertained on long journeys smile

janekirk Thu 09-May-13 17:25:13

A projectile vomitting shield for the back of the front seats! How can people so little eject their food with such force !!!

whattodoo Thu 09-May-13 18:08:21

Non tester.

Better storage. Particularly for all the little essentials such as de-icer, scraper, gloves, etc.

Heated wing mirrors.

Seatbelts that adjust to the wearers height.

youmaycallmeSSP Thu 09-May-13 19:57:38

Not a tester. I would like my car to have a roof compartment with retractable helicopter rotors so that I could zoom my car-hating baby over traffic jams. Toyota, if you would be so kind...

flamingtoaster Thu 09-May-13 21:05:34

Non tester - not for versatility but one thing which really annoys my friends and me is the thickness of the front pillars which obscures so much. So even when in our perfect driving position we find ourselves leaning forward to make sure we are not missing anything when turning right. I know the thickness is to do with strength and safety but if a way could be found to make them thinner (but still just as strong) it would be fantastic.

The other feature which would help would be a boot which didn't have a "lip" that stuff had to be lifted over.

daisybrown Thu 09-May-13 23:17:51

Safety stop electric windows all round, not just the driver's window.
Seat belts that stop children leaning down or across the car whilst the car is in motion.

Steffanoid Thu 09-May-13 23:42:51

non-tester as a car driver about to have a DS a car where your folded up pram could go, you then put the shopping on top and could still get said pram out without having to take all the shopping out or without having to put the pram on top and squash things,
also a way of having pre set things on the rearview mirror, it's such a pain getting it fight again after dp has changed it. maybe give it 2 positions it can remember

CMOTDibbler Fri 10-May-13 16:47:33

I've got a Discovery, which is fabulously versatile, and I love it.

My pet hate though, is when the seatbelt things wobble around so much they are a beggar to click into when you are reaching across to belt in a child.

My dream versatility thing as a driver with a disability would be to be able to move the controls such as lights, wipers, indicators to either side so a driver with a l arm disability could have everything on the right and vice versa.
Or a universal system where cars had an interface so you could turn on the device and have a reciever on the steering wheel to control lights etc. I know the device is available, but they are specific to each car and cost £££££

HamletsSister Fri 10-May-13 18:11:32

Flexibility in terms of seating / luggage / seats down to carry big items.

Easy to change configurations of seats etc.

Gadgets that can be operated by me / another idiot with my limited knowledge.

Heated seats (love these in our current car and saves our constant bickering about too hot / cold)

Some sort of dustbin or rubbish arrangement. We end up with a carrier bag wrapped round the gear stick.

Options for towing / roof box that don't require buying or fitting of expensive extras.

Would have loved to be a tester. So jealous!

ouryve Fri 10-May-13 23:16:52

Non-tester here, but having 2 boys with SN, any car would make our lives easier if it allowed carseats and boosters to be properly fitted to their absolute maximum weight and height.

Whilst still having a boot that you could get an SN bugg in, along with shopping for a family of 4. Had an Avensis and a Mazda 6, since having the boys. Great boot space. Not so good for carseats.

preety18 Sat 11-May-13 09:33:32

Non tester.
But proud owner of one of them. Absolutely love this car it's perfect for a family with individual middle seat which can be move back and forward and recline to your desire. And fit easily 3 car seats. The boots is massive with 2 bonus seat which we find quite helpful when our friend (family of 3) and ourselves (family of 4 at that time) went camping to France and while in France we only used our car to travelling around. The only thing I might add to the cars is some cup holders for the middle seats which can make life much easier.

Fast Sat 11-May-13 09:57:41

Non tester.

I would love sliding doors at the back. My car is huge as it is so sliding doors would make it much easier in car parks with narrow spaces.

Storage solutions - someone mentioned it up-thread but a place to put your handbag would be great! At the moment mine either gets thrown in the footwell or on the passenger seat but then I'm paranoid someone is going to try and grab it when stuck in traffic.
Or a dedicated place for things like cans of de-icer, scraper etc to stop them rolling about.

thepatioislumpy Sat 11-May-13 13:51:11

grin grin grin grin grin

Once I had been selected I suddenly realised they'd need my licence. Which was 2m overdue for renewing blush

I took it to the Post Office last Friday and was quoted a 15 working day turnaround. Which would have been a problem as there were then only 9 working days left before I was due to collect the Verso.

Happily DVLA (I salute you!) have returned it to me in this morning's post - a mere 4 working days after it was submitted. So I am very happy and I can finally get very excited about taking the dcs and various other personages on holiday in a fortnight! grin

Even better is that's it's clean smile

Mandy21 Sat 11-May-13 15:24:12

I'm not a tester but the feature I'd like to see is the option of having everything that you'd normally have for the 2 back seats for the 3rd middle seat - (whether that be TV screens built into the seat infront, or a tray that folds down, or a pocket on the back of the chair). I think there are lots of families now with 3 children, and whoever ends up in the middle seat usually ends up with the short straw. It would take some clever design but I'm sure Toyota (and other manufacturers) are capable!

BatCave Sat 11-May-13 16:03:05

We've just got back from holiday with the Verso. I have to say it was just as well we had it as we had so much stuff (pictures to follow Katie). It fit an incredible amount of our holiday luggage in (a week caravanning in Cornwall) and I could still see out the back window. Bonus.

It was lovely a comfortable drive (about an hour and a half) much smoother than my previous diesel, and I'm still stupidly excited about 6th gear! Although I couldn't work out how to use cruise control. There is a reminder to change gear too, which I guess is good for fuel consumption, but made me feel like I was back in driving lessons!

Kids were comfy - toddler liked the little table that folded down. I have found that the seats are difficult to move back and forth unless you're actually sat in them (ie hard to do when there is a child car seat in - not impossible but just a bit stiff). There is also a good deal of legroom even though there is a carseat behind.

The extras like cup holders, secret compartments, the two glove boxes were ample. And the music system is great, once we got used to it, the touch screen is easy to use. We like the DAB radio, although not as many stations as my home radio) and we connected the iPod with USB and could play our library. Volume controls on the steering wheel but what I would have also liked is a quick pause/stop button when I needed to temporarily stop the music quickly (I have this on my old car and use it quite a lot so have missed it).

One big thing though - we broke down!! Not a major fault, but the fuel gauge was inaccurate and the fuel light didn't come on until I'd actually run out of fuel! There was a countdown thingy and I should have had enough left but it conked out and we had to wait with 2 kids for the AA! Toddler thought it was a great adventure and the AA man is up there with batman and spiderman, the baby was hungry and crying though so a little stressful. Toyota were fantastic and helpful though and the AA great service too, the AA guy did say that this is a common fault on many of this type of fuel gauge so not necessarily unique to Toyota or the Verso, so it wouldn't in itself put me off buying the car.

Halfbaked Sat 11-May-13 19:25:23

Non tester
I'm looking at buying a Toyota verso as I currently have a Yaris and love toyotas. I need more space for a growing family and extended family.
I'd like to know if you can get a baby carrier a group 2 and a high backed booster across the 3 seats? Or a baby carrier and two high backed boosters?
I'd like somewhere to put my handbag, more space for rubbish and the ability to easy segment the boot space so things don't roll around if small .

Tigerlily13 Sat 11-May-13 20:39:21

I would love a car with sliding doors - no more driving round car parks trying to find a big enough space width wise to get the kids out.

Got to say I was looking forward to using the DAB radio, but it keeps retuning, so a bit pointless really. Also the reversing camera seems like a good idea, but it makes everything look like it's miles away when it's not!

Lots of storage though, and the cool box in the glove box is a fab idea.

Is anyone else having trouble uploading the videos?

thepatioislumpy Sun 12-May-13 11:56:05

Halfbaked I can try that out for you easily when I pick mine up at the w/e. I have a HBB and a stage 2 currently, but I still have a baby carrier in the garage to try it for you. Watch this space and if I don't let you know quickly, remind me - I have an appalling memory grin

I'm getting very excited now!

Halfbaked Sun 12-May-13 17:10:02

Ooo thepatio thank you!! that would be fab, I'm so jealous of you testers, but I plan to get a test drive next weekend.

Just home from a weekend away - driven 160 miles today and don't feel like it at all. Such a comfortable car.

I have a group 1 carseat and a HBB. For part of the journey the boys wanted to sit beside one another and there was plenty of space for this, nothing infringed on the third seat at all so I'd say there was space for any type of carseat in the third seat.

No lip on the boot either - really easy to load the boot up.

And for any other testers - the fuel goes in on the left hand side. I pulled up on the right - the reverse camera came in very handy when manoeuvring between the petrol pumps! wink

... And while the verso doesn't have sliding doors, the doors and the boot are all fairly shallow IYKWIM and open fully in fairly narrow spaces.

Hopezibah Sun 12-May-13 21:35:00

Not on test drive - so here are my thoughts on versatility...

I would love my car to have a cup holder (hubby's car does and the kids love it - they always moan that mine doesn't).

Also deeper boot space. Whilst the verso is really versatile with the seating arrangements, I actually managed to damage a buggy wheel badly as there just wasn't the depth of space I was used to.

My old car used to have a pen clip in the glove box. A tiny bit of plastic and yet it was so useful for keeping the pen handy so it didn't disappear when I needed it most. I would love my car to have that!

prakattack Mon 13-May-13 10:48:14

Non-tester
Interesting to read all these comments. We nearly bought a Toyota Avensis last year but pulled out when we tested car seats - with two car seats, there wasn't room for ANYTHING in-between, let alone a third car seat/ booster! The seat looked really wide but the Isofix points are so far in from the doors that it's basically a 4-seat car...
I wish there was an easier system for knowing which cars fit which configurations of seats, it's very complicated, especially if you have more than two. Or even better, I wish all cars fitted 3 proper seats - can't see a downside myself - more space for everybody!

Also, one thing i miss with my new car is the glove box coolbox - old car had one and I thought it was a really clever idea!

Silverlace Mon 13-May-13 12:01:51

Non Tester
The features I would like on my car that would make it more versatile are:

Sliding doors - had these on the old car and they were brilliant when DC were small and needed getting in and out of car seats. I now spend my time saying "Don't open your door and bash the car next to us!"

Smaller bonnet - I can never judge where the front of the car is

Full sized middle seat in the back so there is space for Grandma

More leg room for 3rd row seats, they really are only suitable for a child. Manufacturers need to think about this as one child doesn't want to sit at the back on their own (while an adult would, ipod on, a bit of peace!)

Belmo Mon 13-May-13 13:19:55

Non-tester, ooh I can think of loads (crap old car!)
Number one would be electronic zappy locking, I think! I'd love one of those reverse cameras that help you park. And cup holders.
No to heated seats though, my dad has them and it feels like you've wet yourself!

Non-tester here.

I like a car which maximises the space inside without being 'big' on the road. Lots of cup holders, of course. Upright boot space - none of these sloping hatchbacks for me, I prefer a much squarer shape at the back. Economy figures in real time in the trip computer screen, with options/tips for optimising MPG for regular trip cycles. Really good ventilation / air con including vents for the back seats. So much more... I could go on!

Doogle2 Mon 13-May-13 14:35:14

Non tester here. I would love a seven sweater car that could have its roof removed. Just because parents have to be practical with their cars doesn't mean they don't want a bit of fun grin

ifindoubtnamechange Mon 13-May-13 14:58:27

My car could be made more useful and versatile by the addition of a function to convert into a helicopeter and fly over traffic jams. However I fear that even the most sought after family cars are unlikely to have this feature any time soon.

So meanwhile I'd settle for built-in (fold-out) extended rear-facing seats.

jes73 Mon 13-May-13 16:49:26

Non tester....and soooooo jealous!!!

I would love for my car to have a kind of waste disposal attachment - our car is full of sweet wrappers and sweets and crisps and the list goes on and on. A good idea would be a smallish vacuum cleaner fitted to clean the inside!

Cup holders on the seats would be nice, as well as a nice DVD player for the passenger seat for the times DH drives. Oh yes and earphones to go with them- so I don't hear the cries for sweets, crisps, 'need the toilet' etc

A good idea would be little attachments on the passenger doors so DC can keep their crisps, etc so I don't have to break an arm passing it to them.

SoupDragon Mon 13-May-13 16:50:53

I would like my car to be fitted with a sound proof barrier between me and the rear seats.

stephgr Mon 13-May-13 23:38:18

I'd love a car that could park itself - I'd have a lot less grey hairs and more money!

heymammy Tue 14-May-13 11:51:39

Right...all booked in to collect the car on Saturday grin. Phoned the dealership this morning, very friendly and helpful, gave me everybody's name including the GM 's and said he would make sure the car is filled up and valeted ready for collection. grin

JParkson Tue 14-May-13 17:31:07

Congratulations to all the testers selected smile (just a smidge envy wink grin )

If I could make the car I drive more versatile, I'd rip it to pieces and start again!

We have a 1.6 estate(ish). The gear ratio is lousy, so anything above 60mph and it drinks like mad. It's also horribly high on the tax rate, as the CO2 emissions are stupidly high for a youngish car (05 plate).

The boot isn't bad, but it's a case of either the dog or the pushchair goes in there.

The whole car needs to be wider, as DS (now 10) was terribly squashed between a stage 0+ car seat and a stage 1 car seat. Both were Isofix (something I am obsessive about), so we couldn't move the seats to give him a bit more room. It's a bit easier now, as DD1 has moved up to a booster with a back support, non-Isofix fitted, so we can squidge it along a bit.

There are times when I wish for 7 seats, just to stop DS from pinching things from either of the DDs lol grin

It's basically a mini-MPV, but I'm not keen on it as I find it hard to handle, especially in windy conditions. It could do with a lower roof line, smaller A pillars, and therefore a longer boot. Essentially it needs to be a proper estate!

mamatiger Tue 14-May-13 17:56:45

Before I got the verso a week and a half ago I would've said I was pleased with my CR-V, apart from it not having enough seats but I got in it today to move it and it felt so clunky & heavy (& ahem, dirty) compared to the Verso. The verso is just such smooth and easy to drive. Another point in its favour was when I realised yesterday how fuel efficient it was compared to my car....I mostly use my car for the school run and shopping trips etc and it definitely guzzles more petrol on an average week.
I've loved being able to take more kids to school and have been able to help out friends with the extra seats.
My britax 1st class also fits in and the fact that each of the 'middle' row seats can move forwards and backwards makes the whole car seat/seatbelt manoeuvring much easier I think.
I have lots of positive things to say about the car but I haven't managed to get the 'shift' message off the dashboard. I really need to read the manual but haven't quite had the time blush
Even though it's not quite the right car for me as a childminder (I couldn't take 5 kids and get a double buggy in the boot for example) it's a fab car. I am going to be desolate when they come get the car on Friday sad in fact I may have to chain myself to it wink

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 14-May-13 19:52:54

mamatiger. I had an extended test drive of a Ford Kuga in 2011 and had to put my skip of a car in for a full clean and valet before the Kuga was returned to ease the transition back!

mamatiger Tue 14-May-13 20:24:23

IwishIwasmoreorganised that is a brilliant idea...I'm doing exactly that tomorrow smile

mamatiger I think the 'shift' message is a constant - it will show up/down arrows if driving in a higher/lower gear would be more fuel efficient.

IrritatingInfinity Wed 15-May-13 08:52:38

I nearly bought a verso, I had even paid a deposit (which was refunded). The reason I changed my mind was that the rear area of te car was a bit cramped feeling. My DC are adult size now and the back seats felt too small. I don't understand why manufacturers make the rear side windows so small.

The feature I like to add versatility to a car is for entire rear seats to be moveable forwards and backwards to either increase legroom or increase storage.

My DS's are over six foot and always end up looking like captured daddy long legs. I don't want to buy a huge hard to park family van though.

rlouisa Wed 15-May-13 17:33:43

non tester

i would love my next car to have enuff cup/bottle holder at the back and more pug spaes at the back too to connect all the gadgets that keeps kids entertained on long trips.

sharond101 Wed 15-May-13 20:07:54

non-tester and IrritatingInfinity you stole my idea! Backseats which can be squashed to allow extra bootspace would be my saviour. This would only work however if I could disable the airbag in the front passenger seat and put my isofix carseat in there. having a dog, baby and pushchair to fit in the car can be a mammoth task.

SoupDragon Wed 15-May-13 20:29:39

The back seats of my SMax move forward and back independently of each other (assuming you mean the middle row, not the pop up ones in the back)

Tigerlily13 Wed 15-May-13 20:53:42

Had a couple of trips to the beach this week. We fit in the pram, and enough bags for a week away - I still need to learn to pack light! Loadsa boot space in the verso which I love, but not much if you needed the extra seats. Love having the cool box to keep our cans cool. The pull down tables on the back of the seats are a good idea, but can't get them down when my toddler is in his car seat as his feet are in the way. Better for kids in boosters I think. Are you sure you don't want me to keep the car a bit longer?!

SweetApril Thu 16-May-13 11:33:29

Hi there. Would the lovely testers mind answering a question for me? Or maybe any Verso-owning non-testers? Did you find that there was enough legroom in the middle row? Don'tworrybaby and Tigerlily13, you both commented initially that there wasn't a lot of room for the children in car seats behind the driver. Do you still feel the same way having had the car for a while now?

I was very close to buying a Verso but, like IrritatingInfinity, I also felt it was cramped in the back, certainly for an adult. DP and I don't have the driver's seat particularly far back but during the test drive I tried sitting behind while DP drove and it didn't feel roomy at all, not much space even for my feet, had to tuck them right under the driver's seat. I absolutely loved everything else about the car (well, except for the teeny tiny windows for the rear 'pop-up' seat passengers) and I'm a bit gutted to have to discount it.

Anyone got a positive take on this? I'd love to have the Verso back on my shortlist! Still got to test drive a Mazda 5 and a VW Touran before we make a final decision. TIA!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 16-May-13 20:59:20

sweetapril. Have you had a look at the peugeot 5008? Loads of room in the middle row!

SweetApril Thu 16-May-13 22:14:00

Ooh, no, IwishIwasmoreorganised. Perhaps I should have a look at one of those. Do you have one? Are they decent to drive? Whichever car we buy has got to last at least ten years (my random new family rule) which is why I was looking at Toyota/Mazda/VW cos I heard they are built to last. I don't know a thing about Peugeot. Do feel free to enlighten me!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 16-May-13 22:22:19

Yes, we got one last autumn and I'm very happy with it.

Like the others with the back seats up there's no real boot to speak of, but it does have 7 useable seats. We have had 7 adults in it - I wouldn't think it would be great for a long journey but for 45 minutes everyone was perfectly comfortable. We have had 5 car seats and 2 adults in it too. The middle row, middle seat is a bit fiddly for a high backed booster, but still far easier to have 3 across that my husband's VW Passatt.

We looked carefully at the Mazda, but the middle seat in the middle row isn't really a useable seat so it's a 6 seater really.

I thought I'd love the Ford grand c max but I really disliked the driving position. I immediately felt right at home in the peugeot, and we got one that the main dealer had just pre registered so we saved £'s.

The one thing I would have liked is sliding rear doors, but this was less of a priority than a comfortable driving position and 7 useable seats so it was the thing that I decided to sacrificd.

I have no prior knowledge of peugeots, but as long as I get it serviced regularly and don't drive it like a hooligan I have no reason to think that it shouldn't last well.

LeonieDeSainteVire Thu 16-May-13 22:50:41

Sweetapril I have a Verso, not a tester, and my first thought was 'yeah, loads of legroom' but I have had a look and we have our midde row of seats far back as they will go and I'm only 5ft2 so the driver's seat is pretty much as far forward as it will go and like that there is plenty of legroom. If you move the seats forward and the driver's seat back then no, not so much. So I guess it depends on how you use the car. confused

Have you looked at the Seat Alhambra, new style? I was very impressed with a friend's.

SweetApril Fri 17-May-13 10:25:18

Thanks, Iwish. Yes, the middle seat in the Mazda will probably be the thing that puts us off. But we're still going to look at it, mainly because I too really wanted sliding rear doors. I liked the Ford Grand C Max but I'd prefer a higher driving position. Plus we couldn't fit our (small) folded buggy in with all the seats up which is no good for us. We'll definitely check out the Peugeot 5008 now. I had a look at the Carbuyer review on Youtube and it was quite positive although a bit disappointing that the basic model doesn't have much in the way of extras - not even electric rear windows!

Leonie, thanks for checking that out. We had the middle row seats as far back as they would go and the drivers seat about three quarters of the way back. It was so frustrating! The Seat Alhambra is nice but just a bit too big really. We have two kids and really only need the extra seats for occasional use so can't really justify the extra running costs of a bigger MPV.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 17-May-13 13:03:51

As a non-tester ......I would like to see more mid-sized MPV/family cars with sliding back doors.

When we were looking for a new car I think it was the Mazda that had this. It just makes so much sense as it gives you so much more room to get children in and out of car seats especially in the tight parking spaces that you find everywhere these days as cars get bigger and bigger. Also theres no danger of older children flinging the door open and pranging another car/wall/lampost etc.

thepatioislumpy Fri 17-May-13 13:20:10

Tomorrow is D Day - I'm getting my lovely, shiny Verso to try out grin

I'm stupidly excited. I actually don't think I would be much more excited if it was mine to keep grin blush

thepatioislumpy Fri 17-May-13 14:01:03

Oh my goodness! They've just rung to ask if I can pick it up tonight instead!

Yay grin

BatCave Fri 17-May-13 16:22:23

Just about to head off to dealership to drop off car (they couldn't come and collect).

Managed to get 4 carseats and 2 adults in this morning to go to soft play, was a bit tricky in places but one I'd done it I think it'd be easier the next time. Could definitely get another adult/older child in but I think a 5th carseat would be too much (although probably doable).

We also did an IKEA trip and managed to fit in a 3 door wardrobe, cd tower, chest of drawers, plus the assorted bits and bobs you inevitable end up with from ikea, plus 2 adults and 2 carseats/children!

ToyotaTester Fri 17-May-13 18:50:48

Changed my name in honour of the test grin

Just picked my white 62 plate Verso up from the lovely Richard at Pinkstones Toyota in Stoke on Trent. I only drove it a mile home but so far it seems smooth and if anything a little too responsive, a bit skittish.

DS2 likes it, and ds1 soon joined him to play with all the controls explore. DD2 had to put the 3rd row seats up immediately and once we'd worked out how to move the 2nd row forwards there was plenty of leg room back there. Once we've tried several configurations I'm sure we'll settle on something that suits.

I'm going a little further afield over the weekend so expect an update soon!

Still stupidly excited hmm

Tigerlily13 Fri 17-May-13 20:08:20

What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car?

We loved it! It looked stylish with the sparkly white paint and tinted rear windows - although in retrospect, this made it difficult to see in to the children so not great for a family car. It was smaller than we'd imagined for an mpv, were expecting something more bus sized!

What do the children think of it?

They are only young so happy in anything!

Do the children fit comfortably in it?

Again, they are in car seats so comfy in them.

How easy is it to fit car seats/ adjust seats etc?

This was where we hit a problem! It took hubby nearly half an hour to fit the isofix base for the baby seat. It was difficult to find the anchors, and once he finally located them it was like the base didn't line up with the anchors properly, so took a lot of manouevering to fit it in. And the toddler seat base was too big to fit on the seat properly, despite being a popular Britax. I had to borrow a compatible one off a friend. So i didn't find it very family friendly in this respect.

What's it like to drive?

Lovely to drive, accelerates well and i liked the height i was seated at, nice and high above the road. Bit noisy being a diesel, but the radio drowns that out! The brakes weren't very sensitive though, had to really put my foot down to slow down. The cruise control is a nice feature, but in my car it would continue to get up to speed while you work through the gears, whereas in this one if you change gears while on cruise control, it knocks it out. Also i didn't like the 'SHIFT' instruction.

Is it a comfortable ride?

Yes, really comfortable.

What's the boot space like?

With the extra seats folded down there was LOADS of boot space. Fitted in my huge double pushchair and extra carrycot easily. Then i could also fit in my shopping, and would easily fit in all the stuff we'd need for a week away. With the seats up however the boot space is very limited.

How easy or difficult was it to change the layout of the seats?

The back seats were easy peasy to put up and down, however, the car seats could only be fitted on the middle row, and when fitted the seats couldn't be moved forward due to lack of cabin space. Couldn't move my toddler forward as his feet would be up against the driver's seat, and the same for the baby seat and the passenger seat. This meant that there wasn't a lot of leg room in the very back row, so they would only really be suitable for a child passenger.

Does it have any useful extras - cup holders etc?

Loads of extra features - cup holders everywhere, LOVED the cool box integrated into the glove box. Slide out tray under the passenger seat for storing documents. The tables on the back of the front seats were a great idea for the kids - they had a cup holder too so would be great for a rainy day picnic in the car!

Has testing this car made you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in future?

Didn't have great communication for the dealer to be honest, but i did like the car so may consider Toyota in the future.

Has testing this car changed your perception of Toyota cars at all? If so, how?

Not really, didn't know much about them to begin with.

What one thing do you like best about it?

The ride height - love the view of the road while driving.

What one thing would you change about it?

I didn't like the reversing camera, unecessary if you are a competent driver.

TiredFeet Sat 18-May-13 11:01:59

It would be good if there was somewhere to store rubbish. I've just had to buy a little pop up bin for my car -- as I am having super strength mcdonalds cravings-- and there is nowhere to put it.

smokinaces Sat 18-May-13 12:57:27

I'm not a tester. However I have just been privilidged enough to buy a new car with lots of gadgets my old one didnt, which is making it more versitile!

Built in hands free kit - with loud speaker and steering controls. Don't have to take my eyes off the road or hands off the wheel. It also works for music through my phone - ideal for long journeys

This is a three door mini model car, but has three belts across the back. For me, four seats just aren't enough.

The ability to rear fold back seats flat for carrying storage items. I hate cars that only push forward or slant.

I would like better cup holders in cars though. I use a travel mug a lot for work and have yet to find a decent way of keeping it upright in the car

And my ideal would be some sort of fitted car seat for 4-12 year olds. No idea how this would ever work, but something built into the seats to save having to have spare boosters.

aristocat Sat 18-May-13 18:09:44

Non-tester here.

The extras to make my car more versatile would be a heated windscreen so I do not spend 10 mins scraping during winter and also integrated sun blinds in the rear windows.
Thanks.

TiredFeet Sat 18-May-13 20:11:46

(forgot to say, am not a tester!)

TicTacSir Sat 18-May-13 21:54:05

Just picked up our Verso! DS is delighted as it's red, which he'd hoped for. We didn't get off to the best start, as neither I nor DH could start it! We had to walk shamefacedly back into the dealership only to be told that modern cars now need to have the clutch fully pressed to start just shows how long it's been since we had a new car
So... all well. Car started! Our seats were easy to fit. Kids willingly jumped in!
Good points so far:
Lovely high position on the road
Bluetooth easy to set up and use
Socket for usb lead
Plenty of cup rests
2 folding tables for rear passenger
Fab fold-down mirror to view rear passengers
Reversing camera (if I get used to it!)
Lots of poke! A little bit of acceleration and it eats any inclines for breakfast grin my DS isn't used to that kind of driving from me and I got told off!!
Bad points so far:
Very little leg room in middle row
Tiny boot space when. in 7-seat mode
Large blind spot in bottom left corner whilst reversing
That's about it for now... Will be off to test it a bit more tomorrow!

happyfrogger Sun 19-May-13 19:05:33

I just test drove a verso today. I loved it with the one frustration of quite hard suspension. I felt like I could feel every bump and wobble on the road. Anyone else find this? I don't have much of a basis for comparison other than the ford focus I drove to the garage in and I'm not that experienced a driver.

Would love to know what others think of the suspension.

If this car was in your top 3, what would your other 2 be if you were looking for similar size (spacious without being a bus), good high road position and generous boot size. We are interested in the occasional 7 seater use but this will be rare so not a biggy.

DoubleMum Mon 20-May-13 11:50:18

Non-tester.
We had a Verso a few years ago and really liked it - in fact so much that we nearly bought another this weekend but decided we didn't truly need 7 seats. However, improvements I would like:
a way to stop the dips where the seatbelt buckles are in the passenger seat filing with crumbs.
Secure boot storage to stop stuff rolling around.
Back seats easier to put up as in the Touran (I may be out of date here if the Verso seating has improved since we owned one).
Rear parking sensors as standard.
And my children would like - more cup holders!

PostBellumBugsy Mon 20-May-13 13:28:34

Non-tester
I would love gear sticks to be adjustible. I seem to always have to stretch forward to change gear and a journey of more than an hour makes my shoulders ache from constantly stretching out my left arm & shoulder to change gear.

heymammy Mon 20-May-13 14:29:38

Picked up the car at the weekend, everyone very excited, kids clambering around inside, folding seats up and down and generally being feral grin

First impressions:
Really smooth ride, lots of poke for a larger car, light steering so it doesn't feel at all like driving a bus (this was a concern!).

The back row of seats really do fold up and down easily, my 9 year old can do it with ease, the 6 year old hasn't tried it (yet).

Isofix car seat was fairly easy to fit once we found the wee hole in the fabric for the tethers.

Very very small boot space when the back seats are used...I can barely fit a maclaren buggy, in fact I think it's going to fall right out the next time I open the boot!

Will post more later as I've not used it much yet with all the kids in it.

lovemycrazykids Mon 20-May-13 15:53:45

1st post from a tester!...
Was looking forward to collecting car and once I had made contact with the dealership, they were very friendly arranged to collect car Saturday.
Bright shiny new dealership at Jemca Enfield. When I walked in I wasn't approached immediately by a salesperson which for me was excellent as I hate being literally harassed the minute I walk into a car show room! I headed for the information desk and helped straight away by the receptionist she offered me a seat while she located my contact. There is a lovely area to sit in, big TV screen and tea/coffee facilities. It was very busy. Toilets immaculate!

What were your/your partner's first impressions of the car? -

Not keen on the blue colour of the car, personal choice on that though-I’ve always had either black or dark grey cars.
Smaller than what I’d imagined. I’m not sure what model I have –will check manual later and update- but seems very basic inside-no sat nav but has the capability. I didn’t know about the glove box cooler so will check later if this model has this. A lot smaller inside than my current 7 seater.
Partners 1st impressions- likes the alloys, he thinks colour is ok. And in fact my male neighbour also liked the colour!

What's it like to drive? –
Very easy/light on the steering much smoother than my 7 seater (s-max titanium) a little too light if that makes sense. The steering wheel is a bit slippery.
Current car has parking sensors this one has a camera view (from the console in the middle) which comes on when putting in reverse. Not sure about this yet, probably needs some getting used to as looks like you have loads of room but when getting out and checking not that much. Prefer parking sensors.
Left the lights on when I went shopping for 1 ½ as they don’t turn off automatically when the engine is off. Luckily car started fine. I do keep forgetting to turn them on as well-(current car this happens automatically-on and off)

Is it a comfortable ride?-
I’m fairly short ( 5ft 4) and like being higher up. Driver seat easy to adjust. The seats are comfortable but I don’t like the texture of the fabric- a sort of nylon?
But I think it would be more wipe-able for spill’s than traditional non-leather car upholstery.

what’s the boot space like?-
small boot when the 2 rear seats are up. So tend to pile things high then quickly close the boot. Downside of doing this is the contents falls out when opening again!
How easy or difficult was it to change the layout of the seats?
The 2 back seats fold flat by pulling a tab in the back of the seat. The middle row needs to be moved forward a bit so there is room for the 2 back seats to lay flat as they both have headrests on.
Does it have any useful extras - cup holders etc?-
2 cup holders in the front-I used one to put my phone in! 2 pull up tray in the back of the front seat. Will get the kids to test these more for ease of getting up and down.
Love the USB port in the front console.
Will update when I discover and explore more options.

heymammy Mon 20-May-13 16:35:37

Love the huuuuge windscreen, really feels like I have increased visibility. Very comfortable in the front with a couple of cup holders/pen/mobile phone pots (I've yet to use them for actual cups lol).

Can't believe we haven't discovered the lap trays yet...will get the girls on to this one to see I'd they can find them!

Was luxury to have working air conditioning today, it is cold straight away so there were no complaints of being boiling on the way home from school today.

So far in liking the tinted windows...helps to keep the sun out and therefore the car cooler but it might be a prob as I sometimes leave the youngest (1yr) sleeping in the car and check on him but not sure i would be able to see him too clearly with the tint.

Because the very back seats are a bit of a novelty at the moment the girls want to sit there all the time so I've got in the habit of leaving the middle row seat by the door folded flat otherwise it's a bit of a hassle moving it each time we get in and out to let the girls in the back. It is a bit clunky at the moment too fold the middle seats flat, maybe I just need to get the hang of it better!

I love that the floor in the back is not carpeted, much easier to wipe clean after the kids have dropped all their crap on the floor! They've not done it yet but give them time! Also no middle hump if you know what I mean which makes it much easier for the kids to get in and out.

Will think of more...

Maggietess Mon 20-May-13 18:25:11

Like others have mentioned before me the number one thing I now want in a car (as a mother of 3 kids aged 8mths,2 & 5) is 3 car seats of varying stages fitting across the back seat!!
I love the idea of built in boosters (I think some volvos do this as an option and US cars definitely do) and headrests with side impact protection as someone else said or seat belt heights with adjusters for different height kids so you don't need boosters for older kids. Anything that helps me get my kids in the car, safely and with minimal fuss/room taken up!!!
I'd pay extra for anything that was built in so if carrying adults you don't have to lug heavy car seats to the boot/porch and back or if you have to pick up an extra child all of a sudden there's an age appropriate booster built in.
Am I asking for the moon on a stick???!! grin

lovemycrazykids Mon 20-May-13 21:11:25

Oohhhh....discovered the car I'm testing is a bit more than the basic model I thought it was.......!
Yes it has a chilled glovebox compartment-wouldn't be a selling bonus for me as seems quite small-don't think I could fit 5 drinks for the whole fam in there.
Also found the Mini rear view mirror(it tucks away flat)- ok so I guess you can see more of the seats looking in this than having a look in the standard rear view mirror...again for me -bit of a novelty.
Kids discovered storage space in the footwells!

ifindoubtnamechange Mon 20-May-13 21:40:37

Sounds very spacious, which is appealing.. Just wondering if any testers can tell me if you can fit 3 car seats in a row? I'd love to be able to do that in my car, would make it much easier to give friends/family lifts.

HannahLI Tue 21-May-13 14:50:56

I am not a tester but I wish that I could control the build in sun blinds like I do my remote windows as I am always driving away and then I have a screaming child when we turn into the sun. Also I would love a cup holder that my cup actually fits in or my water bottle.

lovemycrazykids Wed 22-May-13 14:55:01

leg space in middle row...SweetApril
I got in the middle row yesterday, behind DP and my knees touched the driver seat. After i moved theseat back I would say leg room is not great.
Also the distance from console in the middle to the middle seat is smaller still.

Does the verso have those under floor storage compartment things in the middle row?
Its one thing that bugs me about theses so called 'family' cars as you can't use car seats/bases with the suport legs on them so they just seem stupid as I think most people like to use the bases with infant seats.

We have a VW transporter as our main vehicle as we have 6 dc so needed at least 8 seats, but are thinking of getting a 7 seater for use when less of us as its a bit of a squeeze in DHs pickup or the old landy depending on what combination of DC are to go in, and its impossible to get 4 dc in our nannnys Polo!

ToyotaTester Thu 23-May-13 10:41:04

Ok, so tomorrow is midway - time for a check in I feel! I'll try to do it in a logical manner!

First exterior impressions:
White. I really wasn't sure about that, but when the sun shines (it has once or twice wink) it's a lovely sparkly white. Still wouldn't choose it though! From the outside it is really compact looking - it's bigger on the inside though, thankfully.

Interior:
Driving position - very good, flexible, everything is within easy reach. The controls are easy to understand although I've not managed to work out the cruise control yet. The steering wheel is a little slippy - if you've got to make a significant adjustment in a hurry it can be a little dodgy.

The steering feels a little disconnected to the road - a little bit too light for my liking, but the suspension is a little bit hard so you are very connected in that way grin It has a smaller turning circle than my Ford though.

In my current car (Ford C-Max) and in virtually every other car I have driven in recent years there is a facility to do a half pressure on the indicators which turns it on for, say, 4 flashes - perfect for changing lanes. I love this facility and I'm missing it on the Verso. It's especially useful as in a car with lots of kids, modern indicators are often not loud enough to draw your attention so sometimes it can be on for a while!

The front passenger seat is as comfortable as the driver's seat, and the glove boxes are useful but I would prefer one large one to two smaller ones.

The second row seats are comfortable. The ability to move them forwards is useful although it is a little stiff currently (probably because it is so new). My Britax Prince car seat fits nicely in the seat. I've tested a Stage 0+, a stage 1 and a stage 2 car seat and they all fit perfectly across the middle row.

In my Ford, I have the privacy glass in the back (as does the Verso) but I also have retractable sun blinds which are also a very useful feature as it takes all the glare off the baby.

It is phenomenally easy to use the seats in the 3rd row and although there is not masses of legroom, this is an occasional 7-seater so I would say adequate. The use of them means zilch boot space, but again, if you need both, you'd not be looking at an occasional 7-seater, would you?!

One thing which my ex's Mercedes has which I think is a brilliant idea is that the rear seat belt buckle is on the outside so when you are strapping a child into a HBB it is far easier to strap them in, rather than leaning in over them into the car.

So, currently, I probably wouldn't buy one right now - I have 4dcs so we fill a 'normal' car already. I am hankering after a full size 7-seater. But if you were looking for an occasional 7-seater, I think this would be very hard to beat. I like Japanese cars (or German - so goodness knows why I have a Ford confused) for their reliability, and this 'feels' reliable. It is a good practical car, but doesn't fail to impress from a driving perspective. I need a practical car for the dcs but I like to feel like I'm driving something other than a bus!

We're going away with the world and his wife on Saturday, so I'll update then. Hoping to take a few photos too...

SweetApril Fri 24-May-13 10:42:37

lovemycrazykids Thanks for that. It's definitely off the shortlist given that the DCs won't be little forever and will need as much leg room as we do eventually.

IwishIwasmoreorganised We test drove a 5008. I really liked it. DP not so much as worried about French cars and reliability. We both liked the Mazda 5 and are now debating whether a six-seater (which it really is) will be OK for us. VW Touran next on the list. I'll go away now seeing as this is meant to be a Toyota thread but thanks for your advice!

zipzap Mon 27-May-13 00:27:46

Not a tester.

I'd love cars to be able to sit three child seats (for any age group) across the back of the car. Or provide an integral solution like the safe straps for children to be strapped in to adult seats properly without the need for car seats (like the ones on dragon's den years ago) so that you can have 3 kids safely and comfortably on the back seat of a car without being held to ransom by the worry of which car seats work in the space and will you be able to pick up an extra child to do a favour to another parent at hometime etc.

ToyotaTester Mon 27-May-13 08:26:07

Well, we did it!

On Saturday I fitted 2 x 15yo, 2 x 13yo, one 6yo in a hbb and one 2yo in a stage 1 car seat into the verso. Plus our border collie, a week's worth of luggage and four sleeping bags shock

If I was an estate agent I'd be describing the result as bijou and cosy grin However, it was ok and no one was too uncomfortable. Oh, and I did issue packing lists to all the teens! grin

bluecarrot Mon 27-May-13 09:51:36

Our car is quite old so some of these things may be standard on newer cars

More cup holders that are deep enough to actually keep travel mugs from falling out.
USB charger
Height adjustable car seat belts ( over the shoulder)
Washable boot covering ( perhaps with optional, easily removable carpet layer on top) but it would be so much easier to keep clean if I could I brush and mop the boot surface. If it was a bit rubbery it would hold our stuff in place.
Also a restraint system for the boot so if I have a box in it I can secure it from sliding around.
Back of front seats should be wipe able fabric as kids shoes get the fabric dirty and its hard to clean.
Lots of wee storage compartments are great BUT they should be easy to clean. No awkward crevices to collect the dust and gunk from kids.
Be able to adjust radio sound to just front or back of car.

heymammy Tue 28-May-13 11:45:28

Having had a Good drive around over the bank holiday weekend, I feel I've gotten to know the car a bit better now!

Another tester mentioned above that this is an 'occasional' 7 seater and they are dead right. I have found that I need to plan in advance if I will need the 7 seats basically due to the fact that I normally have a boot full of stuff (bags for the charity shop, buggy, shopping that I haven't got around to bringing in yet, spare booster seats!). It means emptying the boot beforehand so no good for the impromptu 4 kids coming over after school.

Having said that when you do need 7 seats they are completely useable for an adult or child, easy to get in/out of, seatbelts are easy to buckle which is a Big Thing for my 6 year old who hates having help!

The fact that each seat folds down independently if the others is a great feature as it means you can still have e.g. Children sitting on the seats on the left (one in the middle row And one in the back row) then fold down the right hand seats. This worked for us when we took the bikes to the park as we could fit the bikes in long ways instead of across the width of the boot.

The tray tables are A great idea, shame we haven't been far enough to test then out with a picnic in the car lol

I haven't paid any attention to the 'shift' light on the dash, it is not a feature I need/want but thankfully it is unobtrusive and can be ignored!

I love the automatic Bluetooth link up with my phone and built in hands free...genius!

heymammy Tue 28-May-13 11:47:18

toyotatester shock I am well impressed at that!

heymammy Tue 28-May-13 12:11:31

This car is definitely on the 'to be considered' list for when we upgrade our current car. We already have a Toyota so it was so easy to drive.

I must admit that at first I found the touch screen really distracting for things like changing radio stations or adjusting the audio so it took some time to get used to it.

Oh, remembered my favourite feature...the button to fold in the wing mirrors! My mum lives on a really busy road and I usually forget to fold in the mirrors or if I do remember I forget to fold them out again and drive away with them folded in! Problem solved!

Things I would love to see on the car are:
sliding doors
built in booster seats (hadn't even heard of these until a pp mentioned it...now I want it!)
Wee window blinds as even tho the windows are tinted it doesn't stop the Sun glaring in
Some sort of bin in the back!

TicTacSir Tue 28-May-13 19:13:37

I've been testing the Verso for ten days now and I must say, am getting quite attached to the baby!!
My favourite things are:
1) Height position on the road. Fantastic - feels really spacious and tall.
2) The Bluetooth/iPod/DAB options on the stereo (we argue about what to play now, rather than struggle to find something decent!
3) Very efficient to run. Far more efficient than our Focus estate.
4) Runs beautifully. PLENTY of poke - even managed to get up Haldon Hill in 6th gear (stealth boast!!! Devon mn-ers will bow in awe!!).
Points for improvement:
1) HUGE blind spot when parking, even with the rear camera, and when looking behind. This worries me a little esp in car parks.
2) Rear seats are not that easy to put up and down
actually I've not managed to figure this out yet blush

TicTacSir Tue 28-May-13 19:16:17

Oops posted too soon.
3) The iPod socket is awkward to get the usb into.
We're still feeling really lucky and privileged to be selected for this test drive... I shall be a bit depressed having to hand it back on Saturday!

WhyIRayLiotta Tue 28-May-13 21:05:54

not a tester

My car is very small and nippy - easy to park and manouvere. But no storage.
I would like the light shade things that fold down to be more versatile - maybe pull down further like a blind / bend round to the drivers door window etc.

I would also like if my gearstick had a perhaps digital display of what gear I am in on the top... sometimes I am driving and don't know what gear I am in... is it 3rd or 5th? Be cool if I could see at a glance.

peronel Wed 29-May-13 20:00:38

I'd like a fold-down table from the (large) glove compartment to be used when stationary for impromptu picnics, etc. - not sure it would be safe though.

lovemycrazykids Wed 29-May-13 20:33:20

Tester update.....
I can't comment on fitting in car seats as we only have 1 child left in a high back booster.
Yes, there is removable floor panels to stash stuff behind driver and passenger seat.
I got back in our s-max today and really noticed the difference in steering! S-max much heavier!
I asked the kids which car they preferred and the said s-max 'cause bigger in back row' but they did love the picnic trays!
I agree the seats are stiff to move back and forwards. Also I would worry that in a few years the picnic trays would be broken or not stay up anymore. But with the great extended warranty on toyotas this may not be an issue.
The Verso does feel like driving a large estate more than people carrier. A lot easier to park than s-max due to size.
Best points for me;
I love the touch screen console.
Toyotas extended warranty-we did look at Toyotas in particular for this but nothing suitable
USB port-although this is a bit tricky to use
Easy smooth steering
I was worried that I would be disappointed in our fairly new purchase of our s-max, even though its a few years older after testing this car. But wouldn't swop!
Would recommend the car for a family with younger children and then look for a bigger car as they get older probably from 10 upwards??
As I have a teenager we need the space in middle row and the 3rd row needs to be used comfortably for the younger 2 when loaded with teenagers!!
I still have the car for a few more days so if anyone has anymore questions please let me know.
:-)

IceNoSlice Wed 29-May-13 23:01:57

Not a tester...

I'm pretty sure you can get this as a feature on higher spec cars but my car doesn't have it!

I'd love to be able to warm up/defrost the car from inside the house (whilst the car is still locked so not having to leave the keys in the ignition which practically asks a thief to steal the car!)

Also, same but with A/C for summer, so you don't have to get into an oven.

manfalou Thu 30-May-13 10:05:16

Non Tester- I have a 3 door car and would LOVE a 5 door car. Hauling a 2 year old and newborn in and out of my little clio isn't the easiest of tasks. Id also love a bigger boot as my double pram fills it! Cant go shopping as there's no where to put the goods =(

Non tester - utterly gutted I missed this! I hired a Verso at Xmas and it was amazing. Fits three car seats across the middle, was comfy, nice to drive and like a tardis.

KrissyNorthants Fri 31-May-13 14:58:33

My daughter often struggles to put her seat belt in because it is tucked under the ridge of her seat. If the seat belt clip was taller and stood upright, this would help. My Golf was find, hubby's Volvo not fine and we've got a BMW on order which is also not good. My Golf had the seat belt clip further away from her seat so she was always able to clip it in herself. Don't have my Golf anymore. X

ToyotaTester Sat 01-Jun-13 00:15:33

Heading home tomorrow. Heard from the dealer today, and I've got it til Monday grin grin grin

MadMonkeys Mon 03-Jun-13 20:46:55

Non tester here - I'd love to have:

1. upholstery that can easily be removed and washed in a washing machine
2. A way of disabling the rear window handle (I guess higher end cars have electric controls on the rear windows which can be disabled though, I have a basic Astra)
3. Heating elements in the front windscreen as well as the back (DH has these in his Focus and I so wish I had too!)
4. A cover that goes in the boot to catch all the mud etc that ends up in there, which can be easily lifted out and cleaned - the carpetty stuff in mine if far to rigid to get out without all the bits pinging off in all directions so I put an fleece int he there to catch the bits but it always gets ruckled up and the bits fall down the gaps between the edge of the fleece and the edge of the boot.

heymammy Tue 04-Jun-13 11:19:22

I'm missing the 7 seate already...I'm transporting 5 x 9 year olds to a party at the weekend and we will need to take two cars!

Seriously though, getting back in my old car, I can't believe how heavy the steering is and the clutch pedal takes superhuman strength to push it down, I want my light, shiney, easy to drive Verso back <wails>.

melrose Tue 04-Jun-13 11:56:31

I would love my car to comfortably fit 3 children in the back (inc. 2 boosters and a car seat) surely it can't be hard to make a usual smallish hatch back wide enough in the back to do this!

TicTacSir Wed 05-Jun-13 06:59:46

Well I had to return the Verso on Saturday and I was very sad to say goodbye!
After two weeks of testing, I feel that I'm in a good position to judge whether this would make a good family car. My answer is yes.
I specifically liked the road height - a great vantage point being slightly higher than other vehicles.
The drive was very smooth and easy. It drove easily through the gears and had fabulous acceleration.
It was the most economical car I've ever driven (diesel).
Leg room was certainly an issue, but as I am only 5'1" I was fine!
There is a large blind spot at the rear passenger side, which was a bit offputting when parking.
The indicator noise was so quiet you could barely hear it. I think it should be louder.
All in all, yes I would put a Toyota as a front running contender when we change our old Ford next year!

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DoubleMum Mon 01-Jul-13 15:20:34

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