The new 1.6-litre D-4D diesel engine may (quite rightly) be grabbing the headlines when it comes to the 2014 Toyota Verso, but that’s not the whole story – there’s a lot more to our updated compact MPV than simply what’s under the bonnet.
First of all, there’s the revised interior, which features new grey cloth with contrasting silver stitching for a lighter, brighter ambience. The modular interior is ideal for active families – one reason why Verso has the highest share of young family owners in the MPV market.
The 2014 Verso comes with the Touch2 multimedia system as standard, and this can be upgraded to Touch2 Go spec with TomTom traffic info, Google Street View and Panoramio. Toyota is the first big manufacturer to include Google Street View and Panoramio in its multimedia system.
Watch our video guides to Touch2 on YouTube.
Drivers change gear 100,000 times a year. The 2014 Verso improves this experience with a tactile new gearknob.
The new Avantgarde Bronze metallic paint means 2014 Verso cuts a visual dash.
While the 17-inch smoked silver alloys add a modern, sporty edge.
There are more trim grades available too – the range has been expanded to Active, Icon, Trend and Excel. The Verso Trend (not pictured) can be identified by the ‘floating roof’ style, unique five-spoke alloys, rear privacy glass and front and rear parking sensors.
But we can’t forget that engine. The Verso gains a new economical and low-emission 1.6 D-4D turbodiesel engine with 110bhp. It’s sourced from BMW and re-engineered by Toyota for optimised performance and economy.
The new 1.6 D-4D turbodiesel engine replaces 2.0 D-4D in the Verso line-up.
Toyota developed a new dual-mass flywheel, gearbox housing, engine mounts and electronics to complement the new engine. It uses stop/start tech to deliver CO2 emissions of 119g/km and fuel economy of 62.8mpg on the combined cycle.
Economy improves 8%, and weight is cut by 10kg. The car accelerates from 0-62mph in 12.7 sec and has a 115mph top speed.
Designed to be responsive, the 1.6 D-4D means smooth torque generation from low revs and no drop-off after 3,000rpm.
You can find out more about the 2014 Toyota Verso at toyota.co.uk.