Commonly known as Previa in the UK, the Toyota Estima was launched in 1990. During its generations it underwent serious face lifts to compete well with European MPVs like Renault Espace and VW Sharan. Although Estima was discontinued in Europe because of Ford and VW's aggressive prices in 2006, the second and third generation are among the most desirable MPVs in UK. A used Toyota Previa or Estima would cost between 2000 and 12000 £, depending on its model, mileage and condition. Now before actually making the decision, it's favorable that all the pros and cons of this grand MPV are studied, so here's its brief overview

Pros

  • Estima comes with all safety features that one expects from a full size family MPV; from air bags to collapsing pedals and crumple zone, even today it is among the safest vehicles in market.
  • It comes loaded with equipment, spacious and comfortable 7 reclining seats, all with head rests, separate air conditioning for front and rear, audio system, central locking and power windows options are just tip of the ice berg.
  • When it comes to reliability, you can always bet on Toyota and Estima is no exception. The best build quality and top of the line reliability has kept its resale value and desirability high.
  • Despite being big, it's nimble to handle and behaves like a car instead, on all roads.
  • Controls are tilted towards driver and positioned in center of dash, making its drive more driver friendly.
  • Even after crossing 100,000 miles in your Estima you will find loads of people willing to buy it at a reasonable price, but you can definitely expect better return than Renault and Ford.

Cons

  • Although Toyota offered 3.0 and 3.5 liter petrol engines in the second and third generation respectively, the 2.4 liter petrol engine was slated for European and UK markets making the Toyota Estima engine an under powered engine, when compared to its rivals.
  • Despite having a 2.4 liter petrol engine, it's not an environment friendly MPV. With CO2 emissions touching 256g / km mark, Estima will not save you any tax money.
  • Although its build quality is immaculate, some of its parts are on expensive side. Additionally, because of high demand of Estimas, Toyota dealers charge a premium even on used models.

Its pros definitely out weigh its cons, with an underpowered Toyota Estima engine being the only real hiccup. However before buying used Estima do ask for complete service history and ownership record, just to be on safe side.