First drive: Toyota Verso 1.6 D-4D | Car Reviews | by Car Enthusiast

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Toyota Verso

CO 2 emissions: 119g/km

Combined 62.8mpg

Top speed: 115mph

12.7 seconds

Power: at 4,000rpm

Torque: 270Nm at to 2,250rpm

In the Metal:

Toyota the Verso last year and it has from an anonymous box to something a bit of visual clout. The front end is particularly good, while the is at least neat, if not very As seven-seat MPVs go, it comes as surprisingly small on first which is a feeling that over inside.

Because the is not really big enough for a seven-seater. more of a 5+2. The back two really are for only the smallest of and with them in place not much of a boot for clobber. the three separately-adjustable seats on the row are spacious enough, there’s of room in the front and there are storage spaces everywhere. In of fit and finish, it’s not bad in the Verso but there are still one or two plastics and that feel a bit behind the

Driving it:

The big talking point is the new 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine, means the demise of the old 2.0 D-4D The new 1.6 is 20kg lighter than its it’s eight per cent on fuel at 62.8mpg combined, cleaner for CO 2 emissions at 119g/km, yet makes 112hp and 270Nm comparing favourably enough the outgoing 2.0’s 124hp and You can expect to see this engine in all of other Toyota products in the ahead.

And this downsizing is the best news for the Verso, as the is excellent. It never struggles in size body and Toyota has various items — as the engine mounts, the dual-mass its intake, cooling and fuel and even the six-speed manual and driveshafts too — to ensure the is quiet, smooth, responsive and The Japanese carmaker has certainly hit all its

It has also been designed to rev with one engineer telling us it can hit 70mph in third gear, it a breeze to join motorways. true up to a point — responsive low down and linear out to peak power, but putting a redline on the car was an odd move, given the has no intention of ever getting However, as a big plus, despite a bit throaty if you do extend it, most of the the 1.6 is admirably hushed and placid

Toyota Verso

Elsewhere, the Verso is a perfectly enough thing to drive, but offer little to the mums and who enjoy a bit of a back road every once in a while, on rare occasions when the have been fobbed off to else. It’s not that we the Verso to be a dynamic firecracker, just that other in this segment — notably the Ford S-Max have better-judged controls. The is very, very light and the have a huge amount of travel at the top of the pedal before begin to really bite. And then, they’re adequate than capable. The manual is smooth enough, thanks to tweaks, but not very tactile.

our driver-related grumbles are countered by the ride and composure. It’s an serene operator, limiting roar and wind noise well at most speeds, the ride is extremely good perhaps the real crux of the and the characteristic that will it to most buyers. It also around 48.7mpg on a very mountain-and-city route that in any way conducive to fuel economy, so a 62.8mpg combined doesn’t too far-fetched.

What you get for your Money:

a new trim level for the Verso, Trend, which slots in below top-spec Excel and above the entry Active and cars — bizarrely, it is the Trend that gets the revised Toyota Touch 2 Go multimedia system with as standard. It’s an option on the However, all models bar the Active get the TT2 system, which features a camera and enhanced resolution for its touchscreen interface.

All Versos come with a amount of safety kit, a computer, USB connectivity and air conditioning, high-specified models packing in other luxuries too. only one five-seat model in the UK the Active with a 1.6 petrol — but Toyota GB expects 95 per of the 4,000 Versos it is hoping to in 2014 to have the full capacity. The 1.6 D-4D starts at a Ј19,990 in Active trim, to Ј22,995 for the satnav-equipped Trend and for the top-line Excel. All D-4Ds are in VED C and have a benefit in kind rate of 19 per cent.


The Verso is an entirely Toyota machine — it is designed, and built here. Those sensibilities reflect the fact is the MPV’s key market battleground, and it means is the car is better suited to our than previous offerings Toyota.

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