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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth phone integration systemCruise control
Digital clockDoor ajar warning
Dusk sensorElectric power steering
Forward collision warningLane departure warning system
Lights on warningOnline connected services
Outside temperature displayRemote boot release
Remote fuel cap releaseTouch 2 touchscreen with Go full map navigation, iPod connectivity and reversing camera
Trip computer with fuel consumption/average speed 

Entertainment

6 speakersAudio integrated fit with LCD
Auxiliary input socketDAB Digital radio
Radio/single CD with MP3 and WMA compatabilityRDS with PTY + EON setting
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsUSB port

Exterior Features

2 speed intermittent front wiper with mist functionAuto high beam
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Chrome front fog light surroundChrome front grille
Chrome rear garnishDusk sensitive headlamps
Fixed panoramic glass sunroofFollow me home headlights
Front fog lightsFront/rear electric windows with one-touch/anti-trap and key-off function
Green tinted glassHeated glass rear screen
Heated/electric door mirrors with integrated indicatorsPrivacy glass
Rear spoilerRear wiper
Retractable door mirrorsRetractable tonneau cover
Roof mounted radio aerial 

Interior Features

12V power point front/rear2 individual folding 3rd row seats
3 individual folding 2nd row seats3 rear height adjustable headrests
3 spoke leather covered steering wheelAccessory socket front and rear
Adjustable steering columnAir recirculation control
Ashtray and cigar lighterAutomatic instrument display dimmer
Bottle holdersCentral Storage Box
Clean air filterCloth upholstery
Coat hooksCooled glovebox
Cupholders in front and rearDriver's footrest
Driver/passenger front seatback pocketsDriver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors + covers
Dual zone automatic air conditioningFront and rear door pockets
Front armrestFront/centre/rear interior lights
Front/rear assist gripsFully carpeted luggage compartment
Height adjustable driver's seatHeight adjustable front headrests
Height/reach adjust steering wheelHidden under floor storage in boot
Illuminated glovebox with lockIsofix child seat attachment
Leather wrapped gear shift knobLuggage load hooks
Overhead consoleRear armrest
Rear headrestsRear removable tonneau cover
Reclining 2nd row seatsReclining 3rd row seats
Reclining/sliding front seatRemote courtesy light with delay
Sliding 2nd Row rear seatsStorage under front passenger seat
Titanium effect interior door handlesTitanium effect steering wheel and centre consol
Under floor storage in 2nd rowUpper glovebox

Safety

ABS+Electronic Brake force DistributionActive front headrests
Autonomous emergency brakingBrake assist
Collision mitigation braking systemDriver/front passenger side airbags
Driver/passenger airbags with hybrid inflatorsDrivers knee airbag
Emergency brake assistFive 3 point rear safety belts
Front and rear curtain airbagsFront seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
Height adjustable front seatbeltsHill assist control
Passenger airbag deactivate switchRear child proof door locks
Road sign information displayTyre pressure warning
Vehicle stability control + traction control + brake assist 

Security

Key in reminderRemote alarm with perimeter
Remote central double lockingSteering column lock
Transponder engine immobiliser 

Trim

Chrome air vent surroundsTitanium effect fascia

Wheels

17" alloy wheels + locking wheel nutsTyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)119Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Compression Ratio16.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)78Cylinders - Stroke (mm)83.6
Engine Code1WWEngine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)62EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)72.4EC Urban (mpg)51.4

General

Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power110
Coin DescriptionD-4DCoin SeriesDesign
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0710EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage12500Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years5Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)12.7Engine Power - BHP110
Engine Power - KW81Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4000Engine Torque - LBS.FT199
Engine Torque - MKG27.5Engine Torque - NM270
Engine Torque - RPM1750Top Speed115

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear215/55 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type17" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1630Height (including roof rails)1670
Length4460Wheelbase2780
Width1790 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight2260
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1575Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)330
Max. Loading Weight740Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked450Minimum Kerbweight1520
No. of Seats7
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Toyota Verso

Toyota's Verso is a 7-seat compact MPV you can depend on. Jonathan Crouch checks out the improved version.

Ten Second Review

What do people look for in a compact, seven-seater mini-MPV for the family? Good build quality, neat packaging, a versatile seating system, a reputation for reliability and a choice of frugal engines? Toyota's improved Verso certainly ticks all those boxes, especially with its efficient 1.6-litre diesel powerplant and extended connectivity options.

Background

Slowly but surely, Toyota's product range is becoming more desirable. Not only the sporty niche models but also the more practical cars in the line-up - like this one, the Verso MPV. This is an improved version of the third generation model of Toyota's compact family-sized MPV, a vehicle we first saw in 2001 badged as the 'Corolla Verso'. That model only had five seats, but a seven-seater design followed in 2004, before this MK3 version made its debut in 2009, also with up to seven seats, but now branded purely as 'Verso'. It was an exceptionally competent car, but it wasn't one you'd necessarily find reasons to try and buy and too often for Toyota's liking, potential buyers passed up the opportunity for ownership in favour of more stylish or perhaps more dynamic options in the compact people carrying segment. Hence the need for this continually revised third generation version. It's now got a revised and better equipped trim range. Let's check the Verso line-up out.

Driving Experience

One of the issues with the second generation Verso was the car-like driving position that saw you sitting quite low, not something MPV buyers tend to like. This one doesn't perch you up 4x4-style, but you do get much more of the kind of commanding view out that you'd expect from this kind of car. Ironically though, the less sporty seating stance is now accompanied by more dynamic road manners. No, it's not a car you'd go out and drive for the fun of it but firm body control with plenty of grip mean it's easy to manoeuvre and more reassuring in corners than you'd expect from something relatively high-sided like this. The electric power steering system is particularly good, a clever variable assistance affair into which Toyota has developed a function that detects steering inputs that are too forceful and acts to smooth them out by reducing the amount of power assistance. Mainstream Verso ownership will see you choosing between 1.6 or 1.8-litre petrol engines or the unit most will want, the 1.6-litre D-4D diesel, a powerplant developed by BMW. The Valvematic petrol engines rev sweetly but are less relaxed than the diesel alternative and, as you'd expect, deliver significantly less pulling power. Hence our preference for the 110bhp 1.6-litre D-4D unit that most owners will probably choose. On paper, a rest to sixty figure of 11.3s makes it about 2.5s slower to sixty than the 1.8-litre petrol alternative. In practice, the fact that it develops a significant amount of extra torque and does it at the bottom of the rev range rather than the top means that it feels a far more willing companion in day-to-day motoring. The diesel engine also perfectly complements this car's demeanour as an exceptionally refined long distance cruiser.

Design and Build

This third generation Verso's so-called 'keen' front end styling certainly gives this Verso a purposeful stance, dominated at the front end by a large trapezoidal lower grille set within a redesigned bumper. There's also a smaller upper grille which features a chrome-plated horizontal trim bar and runs the full width between sleek headlamp units that incorporate daytime running lights. What hasn't changed for some time are the essential dimensions of this car - wheelbase, height and width - all of which means that this remains one of the more compact mid-sized 7-seat MPVs. Still, with virtually all People Carriers of this sort, the third row seating is anyway really only intended for children, so it'll probably suffice. If you really must put adults here, you'll find it fortunate that the seats recline. To keep bigger folk happy even on short journeys though, you're probably going to need to go a bit further than that and persuade those in the middle seating row to make use of the 195mm backwards and forwards sliding range that's on offer to enable some kind of passenger legroom compromise to be reached. And boot space? Well with all the seats occupied (a rare scenario for likely buyers), there's 155-litres of luggage room, though you do get 11-litres of under-floor storage, enough to hold three six-pack cases of 1.5-litre plastic bottles.

Market and Model

The key change with this revised version is Toyota's decision to streamline the Verso range into three trim grades - 'Active', 'Icon' and 'Design'. For some time now, Toyota's pricing has been sharpening against its rivals and here's another case in point. Expect to pay somewhere in the £19,000 to £25,000 bracket for your Verso, which makes this car very competitively priced indeed. Only the base-trimmed entry-level 'Active' petrol 1.6 offers the five-seat-only layout that very few potential buyers will want given that a seven-seat version is only £500 more. Around half of all potential Verso buyers will want to pay the £1,500 premium necessary to graduate from the petrol 1.6 to the 1.6 D-4D diesel variant, a car and engine combination that's priced from just under £21,000. If you're a petrol person and want to know how much more it would be to graduate up from the base manual 1.6 to the automatic Multidrive S 1.8, the answer is £1,500. Above 'Active' level, all models get 'Toyota Touch 2', Toyota's touchscreen-operated multimedia system. It comes with a high-resolution screen and the package includes Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls and sending and receipt of text messages. There's also a rear-view camera and the set-up is also enabled for simple connection of iPods and MP3 players via USB or Bluetooth. Audio system options, such as the radio and CD player, can also be controlled using the screen. Buyers can upgrade to sat nav-equipped 'Touch 2 with Go' status if they wish - an upgrade standard for 'Design'-spec buyers, who also get part-leather upholstery and a panoramic glass roof.

Cost of Ownership

Size and weight are two things the Verso has plenty of but its advanced engines still manage to yield class-competitive economy and emissions figures thanks to Toyota's Optimal Drive technology. This has been used in this generation model to boost power across the range by up to 20% while lowering fuel economy and emissions considerably. As a result, both petrol engines return around 40mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions in the low 160s. The 1.6-litre D-4D diesel engine emits just 119g/km of CO2, making it one of the cleaner units of its kind. Residual values are reasonably strong. These see this car retain between 38-42% of its original purchase price after three years or 36,000 miles: compare that to the 26-28% you'll get from a Renault Grand Scenic.

Summary

Never a car to overly impress the casual onlooker, Toyota's improved Verso is most appealing to the real experts of the compact MPV market, buyers with families who put these vehicles through their paces day in and day out. Well built, user-friendly, reliable and economical, this third generation model really has these important qualities nailed down. It also gets a class-competitive diesel engine in the form of the BMW-sourced 1.6-litre D-4D unit. This is a prime example of Toyota doing what it does so well. Other compact MPVs might leap off the showroom floor at you with their gimmicks and technology but how many are as good as the Verso at getting a family efficiently from A to B, keeping the balance sheet healthy and making you feel good about the whole thing at the end of the day? Exactly.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
60%
Space
50%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
60%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£242.18
Deposit£1500
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£14,998
Credit amount£13,498
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£5425
Total amount payable£18,308.46
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.0p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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