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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!

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,


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

DontWorryBaby Fri 03-May-13 23:40:46

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 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!

DontWorryBaby Sat 04-May-13 21:18:25


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.

DontWorryBaby Sat 04-May-13 21:22:47

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

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 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.

DontWorryBaby Sun 05-May-13 22:15:49

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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