Toyota can be credited with originating the mini-MPV concept 10 years ago when it launched Yaris Verso. With Verso-S it re-enters the segment at a time of significant growth: European sales have almost tripled since 2002 as motorists look to downsize and take advantage of the convenience, efficiency and user friendliness of the mini-MPV.
As we revealed here, the Verso-S represents another Toyota masterclass in maximising interior space in a compact car. This all-new mini-MPV is shorter overall than any of its market rivals but includes brilliant features such as a two-position lightweight deckboard and one-touch 60:40 folding rear seats.
All versions of the new Verso-S are powered by Toyota’s 98bhp 1.33-litre VVT-i Toyota Optimal Drive petrol engine, delivering the lowest CO2 emissions and best fuel economy in the mini-MPV segment.
When matched with the six-speed manual transmission, Verso-S delivers 127g/km and combined cycle fuel economy of 51.4mpg. Thanks the higher efficiency of the automatic-style Multidrive S CVT – the only transmission of its kind in its class – CO2 figures are lower still at 120g/km, with an improvement in average fuel consumption to 54.3mpg (combined cycle).
It’s only fitting that a car this smart packs in the latest technology. Verso-S introduces Toyota Touch to the UK market, a new multimedia touchscreen system for controlling audio and communications functions. It is fitted as standard to all versions of the car and comes with Bluetooth for hands-free mobile phone use and audio streaming, plus a USB port for connecting personal music players.
Toyota Touch also features a trip information screen, displaying details of journey time, distance and fuel economy, including journey-by-journey comparison records. From May 2011 owners will be able to upgrade Toyota Touch with a new Touch and Go navigation package. This provides all key navigation functions, plus the flexibility to add more advanced features and applications, accessed via Google.
Verso-S is on sale now with special launch prices: the TR is available for £13,995 on-the-road, with the T Spirit costing from £14,995. Complete with Toyota’s 5 year warranty, the Verso-S is available now at your local Toyota Centre.