Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

While there’s plenty of space in the Verso, the cabin is drab and dominated by grey plastics. There’s no denying quality and finish are top notch, but there’s nothing to grab the attention and it’s far from cutting edge.

On the plus side, the centrally mounted speedo and rev counter are easy to read and glow a pleasing red and yellow at night. There’s also a neat titanium-look finish around the stereo controls. Visibility is good too and thanks to plenty of adjustment in the steering column and driver’s seat, finding a comfortable driving position is simple.

For 2013 on the instruments’ graphics were altered subtly and a soft-touch finish was added to the upper glove box.

Although it may not be great in corners, the Verso rides superbly, soaking up potholes and bumps with no fuss. As a result, it’s ideal for long motorway journeys, although early models suffer from a fair amount of wind noise around the front pillars – not quite what you’d expect on a car of this quality. For 2013-on models, smaller wing mirrors have reduced wind noise and made it easier to hold a conversation at motorway speeds.

The front two rows of seats are very comfortable and there’s plenty of space too – but the extra seats in the third row are only for children as there’s limited legroom. However Toyota Verso comfort levels are no worse than other seven-seat people carriers of this size.