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Toyota Verso S

Toyota Verso-S (2011) CAR

By Stephen Worthy


21 March 2011 15:00

11 years since Toyota was at the of the mini-MPV segment with the of the Yaris Verso. Now, six after the demise of the vehicle came to be known as the ‘ice-cream Toyota makes a long-awaited to the sector with the Verso-S.

Toyota Verso-S — of the Toyota mini-MPV

The previous that was sold in the UK – there was a Mk2 was marketed only in Japan – up over 10,000 sales With the Verso-S now going up rivals from the likes of Skoda and Vauxhall, the market has got a lot tougher for Toyota while been away. And with the expensive variant retailing at it’s not the cheapest of that cabal either.

Puffing up that hill…

of the CAR staff live in the ironing-board Fens. The bad news for Toyota? The road test has been to a correspondent who lives at the bottom of one of London’s hills – because if is one thing the CVT autobox our model with does not like, it’s gradients.

Setting off up Hill (a little over 400 above sea level, so hardly Pike) is an unnerving experience. It like every single each minute subdivision of in its 1.33-litre petrol engine is strained. The same goes for attempt at) rapid acceleration a motorway. Is that banshee the engine screaming in agony or you as a Norbert Dentressangle 10-wheel bears down on your end? Yes, once the S has slogged its way up to motorway speed it there comfortably enough, but got to question the choice – if you can call it – of just one, seemingly engine ‘option’.

You mean there’s no diesel?

Our fellow European citizens the Channel have the option of a 1.4 but not here. It’s that petrol or nothing – although a six-speed manual ‘box if you fancy the auto – because the premium (around £1000), costs, and no road tax savings the petrol led to Toyota deciding not to offering UK customers an oil-burner.

it just a four-door iQ?

Toyota Verso S

You can argue that. Shared apart, styling-wise it pulls off the cunning trick of mixing with angularity, with not respective rear ends. The does feel spacious for six-footers, however, a feeling heightened by that current MPV the panoramic sunroof (standard in trim). This one is a 1.2 metre-long As Toyota is boasting that the is the shortest MPV on the market, that’s a sizeable percentage of roof.

it’s all resolutely, crushingly Switchgear is chunky to touch and to operate; there’s an odd array of surfaces too, the most of which is a pinstriped two-tone across the instrument binnacle looks like it was cribbed a Mr Buyrite suit pattern. to rivals, it feels rather

The new Toyota Touch Multimedia looks set to be a winner. Fitted as it’s a touchscreen affair easy to navigate (although we couldn’t navigate on this as sat-nav isn’t rolled out May), and eschews much of the car love for convolution in favour of It took seconds to set up the Bluetooth for operation and wireless music Hit reverse and it also turns the screen for a very good camera.

With these it’s what’s inside counts, yeah?

Well, the misses a trick in the practicality by not having sliding rear to improve luggage space, but it isn’t cramped in the back. is decent up front too, the boot offers a variable meaning it can increase to 429 litres, the Honda Jazz (399 and Vauxhall Meriva (397 Ride is decent, even a little on the firm side in conditions, while steering is and precise and delivered through an sporty-looking steering wheel, with a flat Audi bottom section. Trust us, is where the relationship between the ‘sporty’ and ‘Verso-S’ end.


There’s a bloody raging on out there in the mini-MPV and the reason is choice. Those to purchase from this may just base their on finance in this chastened If that’s the case, the Verso S is on a bit of a wicket. Touching £17k for the with auto box, over £1000 more the equivalent Jazz. And yet – infuriating aside – the Verso-S feels comfortable and reassuringly inoffensive. And for the mature driver, that’s what they’re looking

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