Another plus point is how well the wind and engine noise has been supressed so you can actually have a conversation in the car without shouting...
Comfort and Refinement
Comfort levels are high for all occupants and there is room for two adults in the back to stretch out in comfort with ample leg, head and shoulder space, or three at a bit of a squeeze.
There is plenty of built in technology as standard to be explored, including a six-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, DAB radio, cruise control a rear-view camera and plenty more. Many of these features can be found in a centrally-positioned vertical stack with clearly marked buttons for ease of use.
And buyers can look at a number of options to add extra refinement, such as a panoramic roof and Toyota’s In-Car Entertainment Pack which introduces DVD screens for middle row passengers.
Another plus point is how well the wind and engine noise has been supressed so you can actually have a conversation in the car without shouting.
The quality of materials is generally very high throughout the vehicle although there are hints of cheap plastic here and there which is a shame in an otherwise classy cabin environment.
Safety and Security
Its flexibility means that while the Verso may be used for business driving it will also double up as the family car so safety is an issue of paramount importance. And the new Verso has been awarded the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP safety ratings.
All four trim levels benefit from anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, steering assist vehicle stability control, side impact beams on all four doors, traction control, hill-start assist, child-proof rear door locks, Isofix child seat anchor points and active front headrests.
In addition there are numerous airbags to help protect all the occupants as well as a two stage light and buzzer seatbelt reminder.
And to help keep intruders at bay, all Verso models feature remote central double locking, a remote alarm with perimeter protection, a Thatcham Category1 security system and an immobiliser.
Toyota Touch 2 is standard on Icon models and is the most up-to-date version of the company’s touchscreen multimedia technology.
Featuring a 6.1-inch high resolution colour screen that utilises four times the number of pixels than the original set-up did, it includes Bluetooth, vehicle information, climate control profiles, a rear-view camera and settings for door locking and lighting.
Then standard on Trend models and as an option on Icon and Excel (£650) is Toyota Touch 2 with Go which introduces full map navigation, Google Street View, real-time traffic updates, camera warnings, speed limit details and, in the case of an accident, access to the emergency services and the AA.
The interface brings sat nav directions to life with the use of clear road signs, junctions and lane guidance which makes manoeuvring around unfamiliar routes all the simpler.
And all this technology is beautifully user-friendly which is a plus-point frequently overlooked by manufacturers these days.
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What We Liked
- Frugal new engine
- Light, agile handling
- Lack of engine or road surface noise
- Smooth ride
- Flexibility of seating configurations
- Easy-to-operate new Toyota Touch 2 technology system
- Richly-equipped grades
- Smart, clutter-free interior
- Spacious interior
What We Disliked
- Steering a little light
- Ride a bit bouncy in the back
- Engine noise when the windows were lowered
- Lack of space in third row
What We Would Like To See
- The cabin needs more of a wow factor. To be honest, it’s very practical but a little uninspiring and let down by some tough, but cheap feeling materials.
The new engine certainly gives the Verso a new direction offering excellent power and driving dynamics along with good economy. On top of the mid-life redesign in 2013, Toyota is clearly determined to keep up the pressure in a highly competitive field where everyone is vying for top spot.7 April 2014
Toyota Verso Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Toyota Verso 1.6 D-4D|
|Body Type||5-door MPV|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||115 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||72.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-Starts|
|Warranty||5 Years / 100,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 07/04/14)||£22,995 (for the Trend spec which was closest to the model tested)|