Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

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.