Plenty of interior space, comfortable and easy to drive, top build quality, seven seats
Not a huge leap forward over the Corolla Verso, tight rear seats are tricky to get to, dull cabin
Well built, practical and reliable - the Toyota Verso is an ideal people carrier for families. It replaces the Corolla Verso, but despite similar looks, is an entirely different model with improved space and refinement.
It comes with seven-seats as standard and the rear five can be individually folded down to create plenty of passenger and luggage carrying combinations. The interior finish is everything you'd expect from a Toyota, so it's a shame that it's so drab.
The same can be said of the driving experience, which although comfortable, lacks sparkle. But comfort levels are superb and it's an easy car to drive, particularly in town, with light steering and good visibility. The quality of Toyota dealers is another good reason why this is such an attractive buy.
Furthermore, the Verso was awared the highest possible score in the Euro NCAP crash testing programme. Built with families in mind, it’s loaded with safety gear to give you peace of mind.
As with all new Toyota products, you get a five-year/100,000-mile warranty to cover any mechanical issues that may arise.
Three engines on offer
There’s a pair of petrol engines and two diesels on offer in the Verso range. Those looking for low running costs will be interested in the BMW-built 1.6-litre D4-D diesel, which replaced Toyota's own 2.0-litre unit at the start of 2014. It is capable of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km, placing it in VED band C.
The petrol line-up consists of a 1.6-litre with 130bhp and a 1.8-litre with 145bhp. The smaller of the two is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox while the larger only comes with a CVT gearbox which we found to be very noisy since it keeps the revs very high when making progress.
The Verso was given a facelift and a raft of minor updates for the 2013 model year. Most noticeable is a new bumper design and sharper looking headlights, matching the latest Auris, along with some higher quality interior trim. Meanwhile, under the skin, improvements include better engine refinement and noise-proofing.
Further Verso upgrades came on stream in 2014 with the introduction of the 1.6-litre diesel, the Trend trim level and improvements to the Touch 2 infotainment package.
To find out more about this comfortable family car, read on for the full Parkers Toyota Verso review.