Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Finding a good driving position is easy, thanks to the Corolla Verso’s reach and rake adjustable steering wheel and multi-adjustable seat. The cabin is well presented with the chunky buttons in logical places on the dashboard while top models have steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo. Cars with satellite-navigation can also be fitted with a cornering assist display with a grille mounted camera that can look both ways at a junction and show the view in both directions.

The Corolla Verso isn’t ideally designed to carry seven adults. The seats in the rear are for children only and six footers won’t actually fit -plus they’re difficult to access, however this is often the case with most seven-seat compact MPVs. The middle row is very comfortable however and each of the three chairs slide and fold flat individually, giving plenty of flexibility.

Leg and headroom are good, while the outer seats slide forward and tilt in one action. Road and engine noise are kept low and the ride is smooth and composed, dealing well with potholes and rough surfaces.