Full review of Used Toyota Picnic MPV What Car?

14 Oct 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Full review of Used Toyota Picnic MPV What Car?

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For It seats six and is good to drive; plus, Toyota’s reliability record is excellent

Against Rivals offer more space and versatility, and the driving position isn’t great

Verdict Slightly smaller alternative to MPV rivals that drives well, but could be more practical

Toyota Picnic MPV full review with expert trade views

The Picnic looks to be part-estate car and part-MPV because it’s only marginally shorter and narrower than Toyota’s big Previa people-carrier, but significantly lower.

Inside, it’s very much an MPV, with three rows of two seats (a seven-seat variant was offered as an option) and each individual chair has a three-point seatbelt.

Head- and legroom are good in the first two rows, but six-footers will be short of headroom in the third. These two rearmost seats are removable, but the Picnic’s ultimate versatility could be better because the middle row of seats doesn’t come out. All they do is to fold forward to make (picnic) tables instead.

Another problem is the driving position, which is compromised because the steering wheel is fixed. Base models also miss out on seat height adjustment, and all Picnics have a shallow rear screen that makes reversing tricky.

On the positive side, though, the car’s lower centre of gravity helps it handle better than many MPVs. The ride is firm without being uncomfortable, and there’s minimal body roll through corners. There’s plenty of grip, too, although it doesn’t have the agility of the best estates and the steering is rather numb.

Trade view

Quite expensive new so numbers are low. Most are or have seen taxi use

Martin Keighley

Valuations expert,

What Car? Used Car Price Guide

Toyota offered the Picnic with two engines – a 126bhp 2.0-litre petrol and a 86bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel. The diesel is more fuel efficient, but the difference isn’t huge, so the petrol is the pick of the range, providing surprisingly lively performance and greater refinement.

There are three trims to choose from, with entry GS cars equipped with front and rear electric windows, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, remote central locking and twin front airbags.

We’d recommend spending a bit more to get a mid-spec GL car, because it also comes with anti-lock brakes – a key safety feature. In addition, GL trim (which was rebadged GLS in 1998) has a CD stereo, driver’s seat height adjustment and air-con, while range-topping GX models have twin sunroofs and steering wheel-mounted stereo controls.

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