New Toyota Verso Review

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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
  • Seven-seat practicality
  • Versatile interior
  • Good to drive
  • Uninspiring interior
  • Rivals have bigger boots
  • Too boring
41.5 - 62
CO2 emissions
119 - 159 g/km
First year road tax
£205 - £515
Safety rating

The Toyota Verso is a mid-size seven-seater MPV that’s dependable and easy to use. It’s in a tough class that includes the Ford C-Max, VW Touran and Citroen C4 Picasso.

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The interior is airy and spacious with plenty of room for five adults. The two spare seats in the boot are only really suitable for children and eat up luggage space when upright. The same is true for most of the Verso’s rivals, though.

The Verso isn’t bad to drive. It’s not engaging, fun, agile or entertaining, but it does everything you ask it to without fuss. Lots of sound deadening means it’s very quiet on the motorway.

Engine choice is simple – go diesel. There is only one 1.6-litre version, but it beats the petrols in all disciplines except acceleration, but that is not likely to be high on the list of priorities for most MPV buyers. However, even the diesel is no match to the cleaner and more fuel efficient engines found in rivals.

All trim levels are well equipped and entry-level cars have air-conditioning, front fog lamps, electric mirrors that are also heated, electric front windows, a CD player with MP3 and a multifunction steering wheel as standard.

The Verso's a decent all rounder with good practicality – rivals are better to drive, though

Mat Watson
carwow expert

From a purely objective perspective, the Verso does have plenty to brag about. It’s well priced, there shouldn’t be any reliability issues and the Toyota’s staid and sensible nature may be appealing to some. However, the sedate Verso appears very dull and bland when it’s compared with other rivals, most notably the Ford S-Max. There is no denying that the Verso is a capable and competent car in the class, and it’s certainly an improvement over the Corolla Verso. However, if you want a practical yet stylish MPV that’s good to drive, there are more “desirable” choices out there.

If you want some more in-depth information on the Toyota Verso, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages.