• JDM Engine Option 1 : 1.33 L NR-FE Petrol
  • JDM Engine Option 2: 1.4 L ND-TV D-4D turbo diesel
  • JDM Engine Option 3: 1.5 L 1NZ-FE
  • Fuel Consumption: 5 lt/100 km
  • Curb Weight: 1,395–1,475 kg (3,075–3,252 lb)
  • Size : L 3,995mm x  W 1,695mm x H 1,705mm

The Good

If you are living in Europa, you haven’t probably heard of the Toyota Ractis by name, not to mention actually seeing it. The first generation of this little car was only produced for the Japanese market and sold at the Toyopet Store, while the second generation was introduced to the world at the Paris Motor Show, back in 2010, under the name of Toyota Verso-S or Space Verso.

When it was launched, the car had the shortest overall length of any mini MPV in Europe.  The “Live” base version comes with a lot of options as standard and it really doesn’t matter what engine size or type you choose, as you get a decent amount of power in most cases. If you ask us, we would go for the 1,4 L D-4D Diesel Engine 90 bhp, mostly because of the legendary D-4D reliability and fuel consumption.

One major good thing about this car is the way it looks, compared to the first generation, as it comes with way more appealing look. Another big plus of the Toyota Ractis is the total amount of space it provides, being able to carry 4 people and all their luggage quite nicely.

Toyota’s automatic CVT transmission is probably one of the best options out there and has a maturity of over 25 years, so you know it won’t be as clunky as the ones used by its direct competitors.

The Bad:

Sadly, if you live in Europe and if you opt to go with the diesel, you can only choose the 6 speed manual gearbox. Also, another thing that makes us hate Japan is the existence of a Subaru rebadged version of the Toyota Ractis, called Trezia. And yes, there’s an STi version of it as well.

Ok, enough about the “regional” problems of this car, let’s talk about the quirks. Fuel consumption is a bit higher than what Toyota states, as most people got about 25% more than the official value. Even though it is said that the CVT transmission is generally better than its rivals, this is far from being completely true. Keeping it short, it’s a pretty weird automatic gearbox. Because the CVT has no fixed gear ratios it makes the engine sound like a mobility scooter, but this can be just a matter of personal taste.

Also, because the front of the car is very hard to see, parking in tight space can be a bit difficult.

Steering is also a little numb but hey, most of the “non sporty” Toyotas are like this, built to offer as much comfort as possible and nothing else.


Generally speaking, the Toyota Ractis is a good car that offers a lot of leg space and head room. For a family of 4 that loves to travel a lot and pack a lot of luggage it can be an excellent choice, offering just enough for a comfortable ride. There are a few minor quirks with it but for the price and quality, we think it’s ahead of its competitors in the mini MPV category.

What others say

www.treehugger.com: “Please make it a global car!”

www.toyotareales.com: “With excellent features, is is of the best cars of the subcompact in the world and you should consider the purchase of this car, if like a car for your family.”

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