Another bonus was how beautifully quiet the car was once inside...
Ride and Handling
The styling and design DNA of the Verso has come a very long way since the first rather box-like-shaped model immerged on the market back in 2002 and so has its driving dynamics and handling capabilities.
It is far more aerodynamic whilst maintaining the flexibility and versatility required from a modern-day MPV.
The test car was somewhere between an Icon and Trend spec level and sat on 16-inch wheels which were plenty big enough for the vehicle. The ride was smooth and uneven road surfaces were ironed out by the vehicle’s efficient suspension system – MacPherson strut at the front.
Another bonus was how beautifully quiet the car was once inside. Whether driving around town centres or pushing hard on country roads there was barely any road, engine or wind sounds to be heard.
However, open the windows as you’re moving at a snail’s pace through traffic and it’s a different matter. The engine’s noise is really quite loud and it’s actually refreshing when you come to a standstill and the automatic start/stop system kicks in.
Ease of Use
The key to a successful compact MPV is simple – it has to be flexible, versatile, practical and easy to operate. And the Verso ticks all those boxes.
The test car featured smart leather upholstery and there is an uncluttered feel to the vehicle with a driver-focused dashboard displaying all the vital information in a clear and precise manner.
The on-board technology, whilst being highly advanced, is not difficult to operate and that means the driver can concentrate on the road ahead without the distraction of fiddly buttons to reduce the temperature or increase the volume on the sound system.
There are three rows of seats within the Verso and those in the middle row fold and slide independently which is ideal for active families. The duo of third row seats, which are strictly for children due to the limited space, can be folded flat to the boot floor when not in use which maintains the perfectly flat loading bay.
The boot’s capacity is not the largest in class but can hold 155 litres with seven seats upright; 440 litres with five seats upright and 1,009 litres with all the rear seats folded flat.