Family friendly 2016 Toyota Verso puts safety first

The flexible, family-friendly Toyota Verso MPV has been given a substantial safety upgrade with a package of Toyota Safety Sense active safety and driver assistance features being added to the standard specification of every model.

It’s part of a refresh for 2016 that includes a revised grade structure, new alloy wheel designs and a clutch of detail changes in the cabin.

Toyota Verso 2016 interior

Toyota Safety Sense

Verso’s Toyota Safety Sense benefits include a Pre-Collision System that recognises an imminent impact with a vehicle ahead, triggering a warning to the driver and priming the brakes for extra stopping power the moment the brake pedal is pressed. If the driver fails to respond, Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated, automatically slowing the vehicle to reduce the force of any impact.

Verso further gains Automatic High Beam, which maintains excellent forward visibility when driving at night. It detects both the headlights of oncoming vehicles, and the tail lights of vehicles ahead, automatically switching between high and low beams to avoid dazzling other drivers.

The third Toyota Safety Sense element for Verso is Lane Departure Alert. This monitors lane markings on the road and helps prevent accidents and head-on collisions caused by a vehicle drifting out of its lane. If the vehicle starts to deviate from its lane without the turn indicators being used, the system alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings.

These features are in addition to Verso’s proven active and passive safety provisions, from its strong body construction, designed to absorb and channel impact forces away from the cabin, to the seven airbags, ABS, emergency brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control and vehicle stability control that all come as standard.

Toyota Verso 2016

New grade structure

Verso is available in a new Design trim, alongside the established Active, Icon and Excel specifications.

Available with the 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol engine with automatic transmission and the 1.6-litre D-4D diesel, it comes with the Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system with satellite navigation and reversing camera, rear privacy glass and a (fixed) panoramic roof. These are in addition to the standard features of Icon grade, including DAB tuner, dusk-sensing headlights, cruise control, automatic air conditioning, six-speaker audio and power windows front and rear.


At the top of the range, Excel models gain the panoramic roof, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, high-intensity discharge headlights and combination leather and cloth upholstery.

Icon, Design and Excel versions of Verso can be specified with an optional, high-value family pack that provides two rear seatback screens with integrated DVD players and leather seat upholstery (first and second row seats) for £1,995. Other entertainment system combinations are available as stand-alone options, including permutations of master and slave DVD screens and single or double iPad docks.

Exterior and cabin changes

New alloy wheel designs feature on the 2016 Verso – 16-inch for Icon, 17-inch for Design and 17-inch with a double-spoke arrangement for Excel, with an Anthracite dark grey finish. The colour choices include a new Platinum Bronze shade.


In the cabin there is a new leather-trimmed steering wheel with integrated switches for hands-free phone use and other functions. a new gear shift design and a new=look cloth upholstery for Icon and Design models. To free up more boot space, the tyre repair kit (when specified) has been relocated to the underfloor storage compartment behind the driver’s seat.

The Toyota Touch 2 system adopts a larger, seven-inch display and, where satellite navigation is specified, an improved interface for easier, more intuitive operation.

2016 Toyota Verso price

The 2016 Toyota Verso is on sale now, priced from £18,120 for the five-seat Active model. Seven-seat models cost from £18,650 and the new Design grade models start at £23,405.

Active1.6 Valvematic 6MT5£18,120
Active1.6 Valvematic 6MT7£18,650
Active1.6 D-4D 6MT7£19,995
Icon1.6 Valvematic 6MT7£20,650
Icon1.8 Valvematic Auto7£22,150
Icon1.6 D-4D 6MT7£21,995
Design1.8 Valvematic Auto7£23,405
Design1.6 D-4D 6MT7£23,250
Excel1.8 Valvematic Auto7£25,450
Excel1.6 D-4D 6MT7£25,295


  1. Hello
    Do the parking sensors available on the Verso have a visual as well as audible alert?
    Thank you

  2. Hi there,
    Thank you for you post. 2016 Verso comes with a rear-view reversing camera as standard on Icon and above grades. The Active grade does not come with a rear-view reversing camera as standard. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let us know.

    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks for your post. In both Active and Icon grade a Space Saver Spare wheel comes as Standard. However, in Design and Excel grades it is not included. Hope this helps!

  3. Really disappointed with some aspects of the new Verso. Supplying the vehicle with only one remote key for a family car isn’t practical. I’ve been Toyota brand loyal for many years but I’m surprised to find no CD player in my new car – nobody mentioned they were being removed. I get confusing messages and icons appearing on the dash, I still haven’t worked out what all the bleeps and sounds mean – I get constant bleeps for about a quarter of a mile before I get to one local speed camera but on others I get a single barely noticeable bleep.You don’t want to supply a handbook anymore but it’s not always practical when you’re inside the car to look at everything on the website on a small mobile phone screen.

    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We’re sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your Toyota Verso. Have you been to your local dealership about the issues you’re facing? They should be able to provide some clarity. If you need help finding your nearest dealer please let us know! Many thanks 🙂

  4. Hi I’m hoping to get a verso icon 2016 soon and I was just wondering does it come with front and back parking sensors as well as the back view camera ,it’s unclear in the booklet I have .
    Thank you 🙂

  5. Hi there,
    The parking sensors are an added accessory and therefore we would have to recommend speaking with your local Toyota dealer about these options. Hope this helps! 🙂

  6. Hi there .
    Dose the Toyota verso design tss 1.6d came with a Spare trye and a Jack ?
    Coz I just find out it’s missing .



    1. Hi Brandon,
      Thanks for getting in contact with us. The Verso Design does not come with a spare tyre or a jack. This is due to the vehicle having a panoramic roof! Many thanks 🙂

      1. Wow – never thought of that as being another reason not to buy a panoramic roof (i.e. body flexing on jacking up a car may damage the glass roof). They look great but in addition to a reduction in headroom and the possibility of expensive stone-chip damage, this latest disadvantage puts me off one completely (a panoramic roof, not the Verso – still a shame the 1.2 turbo engine isn’t available for it).

      2. Hi. Thank you for replying.
        Is this possible to buy the spare tyre kit and get it fit into my boot by the dealer and will this affect the warranty?

        It’s a Verso 1.6 d design


      3. Hi Brandon,
        Fitting a spare wheel kit will not affect the warranty of a vehicle if it’s a genuine product.
        Many thanks.

      4. Thank you . Glad to let you know I ordered the spare trye kit this morning and didn’t cost too expensive at my local Toyota dealer.

        Anyone feel same as me that it’s safer to have a Spare saver tyre can get one from their local dealer.

      5. Hi Brandon,
        We’re glad to hear you ordered it from your local dealer. We hope it goes smoothly for you. 🙂

  7. Hi, can the 2016/17 verso have isofix seats fitted that have a support leg or is there underfloor storage that prevents it? Thanks

    1. Hi Vincent,

      Thanks for getting in contact with us. All of our new passenger models are fitted with ISOFIX. I hope this helps.



    1. Hi Wullie,
      The Verso Active grade comes with Radio and CD player with WMA and MP3 capabilities as standard. All other grades are not available.

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