The Toyota Verso

The Toyota Verso is a compact seven-seat MPV which, had it been launched a few years ago, would have given large people carriers a run for their money – albeit with a sleeker shape and a lower roof.

The Toyota Verso ticks the boxes when it comes to comfort and being user friendly as its middle row of seats can be slid, reclined and folded individually, while the two in the back can be raised and lowered from the boot floor.
The boot is big with five seats in place and massive when the Verso is in two-seat mode with the added bonus of a flat floor helping both loading and stowage of awkward items. Two jump seats in the rear can accommodate children and there are clever cubby holes to store away a family’s clutter.
The steering is light, which is a major bonus in the city, when it comes to parking although it doesn’t give much feedback to the driver on the open road. When cornering body roll is noticeable but not unbearable.
The Toyota Verso’s ride is generally comfortable although the suspension is occasionally unable to deal with rougher surfaces.
The cabin is conventional and easy to get used to with the centrally mounted instruments the only oddity – but they are clearly set out and easy to use.
The seats are supportive while the steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake making it a simple task to find a decent driving position. Visibility is good for the driver with few if any blindspots.
Dependability is Toyota’s claim to fame so the quality of cabin materials is good and more than likely to stand up to the attentions of the younger members of the family.

Life Style
There is no doubt that the Toyota Verso is aimed at young families. There are thoughtful design touches like large wide opening doors giving easy access to the cabin that will be appreciated by parents attempting to manoeuvre their kids into the vehicle.
As it is not aimed at the boy racer, the exterior looks are predictably conservative – the design highlight being a distinctive swooping crease running the length of the Verso’s flank in an effort to make it seem less slab-sided.
The Verso is reasonably refined although the petrol engine can make itself heard when worked hard and the diesels have a gravelly quality at low speeds.
There’s some wind and road noise on the motorway and the occasional thud over rough surfaces but by and large the Verso does a reasonable job of insulating occupants from the outside world. A large panoramic sunroof is a nice touch if you can afford the option. Running costs are competitive across the board, but the Verso is particularly good on fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions which means as a company car it attracts less of a tax bill.

Security and Safety
The Toyota Verso is fitted with just about every piece of security and safety equipment known to the modern motoring world.
There are deadlocks, an alarm and marked parts help to deter thieves. Meanwhile stability control, hill-start assist, active front-seat head restraints, a driver’s knee airbag and front, side and cabin-length window airbags protect occupant by helping prevent and lessening the impact of accidents.

The Finishing Touches
The Toyota Verso has a decent level of equipment. The entry-level model includes air conditioning and front electric windows. Step up to the TR trim and Toyota add alloy wheels, electric rear windows, Bluetooth and a front armrest. The top specification T Spirit versions get cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, climate control and a neat rear-view camera.
Toyota Verso Car Review Summary
The Toyota Verso is a great standard bearer for quality and value in the compact MPV sector offering buyers seven-seat practicality, comfort and refinement.
There’s lots of room in the front two rows and a big boot when the compact MPV is in five-seat mode.
The Verso is available with a choice of either petrol or diesel engines which are powerful with decent levels of performance.
A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard with an optional automatic transmission for the 1.8-litre petrol engine.
The Verso’s cabin is comfortable if lacking a stylish flourish – however it feels like it will stand up to the rigours of family life.