Toyota Verso gets new 1.6 diesel engine

New Toyota Verso driving 

Details of a new addition to the Toyota Verso  family have been announced today. The entry-level model will be powered by a BMW built 1.6-litre D-4D diesel engine, and goes on sale early in 2014.

The engine deal marks a first step in the collaboration agreed between Toyota and BMW Group in 2011.

Offering 111bhp and producing 119g/km of CO2, the engine develops an impressive 270NM of torque.

The deal for it to be used by Toyota is part of a wider collaboration between the two companies, which will see us work together to develop a fuel cell system, investigate the feasibility of a new mid-sized sports car, and carry out research and development of lightweight technologies and lithium-air batteries.

The research and development team at Toyota’s European technical centre in Belgium led the development of the Verso 1.6 D-4D, focused on ensuring a seamless match between the engine and the Toyota transmission and electronics.

At the same time they safeguarded the car’s established ride comfort and dynamic performance. This involved the development of a number of new components, including new engine mounts, a dual-mass flywheel, a new gearbox and a stop/start system to further improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

Production of the Verso 1.6 D-4D will begin in January 2014 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey’s Adapazari plant, the centre for all Verso manufacturing.

Didier Leroy, Senior Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, and President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe (TME), said: “At Toyota, we believe that tackling environmental challenges facing our industry will require more than one approach. Hybrid is at the core of our strategy towards sustainable mobility, but we also see a role for clean diesel in Europe.

“Working together with an industry leader like the BMW Group allows us to benefit from economies of scale to reduce development costs as well as improve our time-to-market.”





New 1.6 D-4D

2.0 D-4D

1.6 Valvematic

1.8 Valvematic

Power (bhp/kW @ rpm)

111/83 @ 4,000

122/91 @ 3,600

130/97 @ 6,400

145/108 @ 6,400

Torque (Nm @ rpm)

270 @ 1,750 – 2,250

310 @ 1,600 – 2,400

160 @ 4,400

180 @ 4,000

CO2 (g/km)





Read our interview with Mehmet Kilic, deputy chief engineer of new Verso – here.





  1. How i feel for Nick Johnson, there is a big problem with the toyota delivery service on certain models, I am now told that my new verso should be here tomorrow. I really hope that Toyota isnt messing my dealer about as have taken there advice and already put my private number on a retention certificate at a cost of £105… I think Listers have been faultless as even they can only believe what Toyota tell them.
    Anyway, we will see what tomorrow brings, as we are away on holiday on saturday and as far as i am concerned i have done my bit, placed an order paid a deposite and waited, and they have until the end of the month then i shall cancel,
    Good Luck to Nick.
    Regards Harry Baker

  2. Thank you Harry Baker for your sympathies – I hope you get your vehicle before ours is now due whch is the end of April – at least 5 weeks after the promised delivery date.

    Thank you David Crouch for passing this on to Customer Services – can you let me know when I can expect to receive a response by?

    1. Hello Nick
      I have been in touch with our customer relations team who are looking into this further and will be in touch early next week. In the meantime if you can let us know the dealer you are purchasing the car from I will pass this on for you.

  3. Hi Nick, Many thanks for your mail, My verso was sopposed to be delivered this morning into Listers of Grantham. I took my plate retention certificate to the dealer only to be told that the lorry had been and gone without my vehicle onboard. The business manager as usual was very helpful and contacted Toyota only to be told that my car was at Portbury Bristol, and that all the verso’s had an omission problem and that none were going to be released yet.
    As my wife explained, buying anew car should be a happy time without stress, but toyota causes so much stress that you were only informed of lies lies and more lies. WE HAVE CANCELED OUR ORDER. Listers have been fantastic and have tried to help in every way, but even toyota dont tell them the truth.
    I hope that you get your car some time, and i wish you well.
    Regards Harry Baker Sleaford Lincs

  4. Thanks you David – customer services have now contacted me directly and I have supplied them with the details. The least Toyota should be doing is supplying customers with an appropriate vehicle from the originally promised delivery day to the date when the new vehicle actually arrives. This should not left to individual dealers to resolve – the company should have a national approach to try to make some recompense to all these customers it has so badly let down.

    Poor Harry Baker. We now have a delivery date to the showroom of 30th April – fully 6 weeks lateer than promised on just Monday of this week. Like you, we have no issue with our dealership but the company seems to be utterly incompetenet. It cannot even tell its own staff what’s going on. Depending upon the outcome of my discussions with customer services, we might well follow you in cancelling the order.

  5. Hi Nick, Thank you for your kind thoughts, we are pleased that we made the descision to cancel as we go on holiday tomorrow without the stress, and although my wife is upset that she didnt get the car that she wanted we can now look at another brand ie Audi or Kia who can deliver when they say they will.
    I support you in all you say about Toyota, they really are not on the same planet as the customer, and it leaves their dealers looking bad.
    Have fun and i wish you well
    Harry Baker Sleaford Lincs

  6. Hi all, has anyone actually received their Verso with the new BMW engine? I would be keen to hear any feedback. We ordered a Verso at end of Dec which we learnt in Feb would be with the new engine and then a stream of delays, but told today (April Fools Day?!) car has arrived and ready for collection. Similar to others here, the dealer has been fine but has struggled to get firm dates that Toyota can keep to. We’ve been told customer orders have been prioritised over test drive vehicles, and it’s been a bit frustrating not being able to try the new engine since we specifically test drove a car with the engine on our original order. Let’s hope it delivers on the claims and has normal high Toyota reliability!

    1. Hi Stephen,
      We understand there are delays on this product, which are unfortunate and our logistical teams are working hard to make sure customer orders are processed as fast as possible. Apologies for the delay.

  7. I am writing to you to seek your attention and assistance to address my concern.

    I’m an owner of Toyota 2014 Toyota Verso 1.6 D4D(BMW) Diesel from Ankara Turkey. I would like to bring my complaint & my experience about the Toyota Verso & services I’m facing to Toyota Japan.
    I drove this car at around 110000 Km and after expiration of warranty I sent my car to service outside Toyota center. After service I drove my car around 800km and without any engine oil warnings I noticed the sound of engine was changed and I towed the car to authorized Toyota Service BOROVALI at İzmir, Turkey. They said that engine oil filter O-ring seal was not mounted to the filter, so engine ran out of oil by leaking gradually (1 liter oil left) and engine was broken. I asked them to check electronically my car to address my problem that engine oil warnings didn’t work. They replied me that manually they witnessed that they didn’t see any warnings on the instrument panel and after electronic check also there was no problem regarding the engine warning systems. All system on my car working well and my cars computer logs have no record. They didn’t give me any satisfactory answer for the engine warning system failure.
    I fully understand the starting cause of the problem was human error. But the big question was, Why the engine oil pressure and engine oil level warning system didn’t warn me? If it would have warned me, I could take necessary preventive measures to protect my engine. As you know this type of warning systems installed every type of engine not only car but also every type of vehicles (aircrafts etc.) to prevent any malfunction irrespective of the cause.
    I have filed complaint with customer service at Toyota Turkey, 08 Jul 2019 regarding:
    Car Model: Toyota Verso 1.6 D4D (BMW) Diesel Engine
    Local Register Number: 06 FH 6154
    Engine Number : N47C16A74568939
    Defect : Defective Diesel Engine ( Engine oil monitoring system not working)
    I asked them to answer my big question Why the engine oil pressure and engine oil level warning system didn’t warn me? And requested to inspect my engine to find out what is the problem. So, Toyota can address and fix the problem and save many customers who bought this type of car using without any awareness of the problem. But unfortunately reply from Toyota Customer Service Turkey was rude, they didn’t give any concrete reply and they didn’t accept my requests and they said engine was not covered within the warranty the car wasn’t serviced in Toyota Center. However, I believe this is related to the engine warning system as I mentioned above.
    To repair it, I need to pay around 10,000 USD at full cost to replace a new engine. I suspect that the cause is just human error. I checked this type of engine problems around my circle, everyone has the same complaints. Mechanics whom I asked they said this engine has manufacture based problems and not reliable. So, you cannot fix it. You should replace a new engine. When I sent my car to service ALJ Toyota Ankara, Turkey to fix this problem, they advised me to replace a new one. This made me and mechanics right about my suspicion for this engine. I am sure you will agree that in view of the above problems was not of acceptable quality for Toyota standard.
    Above all Toyota put me and my beloved family lives at risk because of the engine system failure. I am lucky that didn’t happen any accident during my 800 km drive with my family. But what about the others, will they be so lucky if you cannot address this problem?
    I have enjoyed the Toyota Verso and I always trust Toyota as a reputable brand. I am very disappointed with the lack of interest I am receiving regarding this issue. It certainly doesn’t entice me to purchase Toyota car in future.
    Consequently, for the sake of other innocent people/costumers I kindly ask Toyota to check my engine problem and fix all around the world who using this type of engine.

    I sincerely hope Toyota will address my problem and request. I trust the efficiency and speedy resolution of Toyota customer support in assuring my request will be attended without any further delay.
    Thank you for giving this matter your serious consideration.

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch and we’re sorry to hear about your situation. We appreciate the distress this may have caused you, however unfortunately, we don’t hold information on models in other markets and so are unable to provide any further answers to your questions regarding your engine oil system. We would recommend recontacting Toyota in your region as they will be best placed to help you further.


  8. I have 1.6 D4D 2014. I want to know the battery spec for the car please. I work for NHS and I need a battery and I cant afford dealers prices. The battery in the car is very hard to find so can I ask you to confirm what is the battery car specification for this car please. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Hamid,

      Thank you for everything you’re doing at the moment. Please could you provide us with the reg? We can then look into this further for you.


  9. Hi i Bought Toyota verso 1.6 diesel July 2016 from the Toyota garage Bishopbriggs Glasgow Scotland. Last week I noticed some kind of sound coming from Engine.I went into a garage and told me its engine chain sound common problem for Toyota verso,On the clock now its 96500 Miles .I am uber driver and cannot efford that much money .Plz let me know toyota five years warranty coverd that issue.
    Kind Regards

    1. Hi Naseem,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us. We’re sorry to hear you’re experiencing an issue with your Verso.
      Our warranty covers any mechanical fault that is caused by a manufacturing defect.
      Therefore, any issue would need to be investigated first by your nearest Toyota centre.
      To discuss this further and have your car assessed, we would recommend contacting your nearest dealer, whose contact details you can find here:

  10. I have got a 2015 Toyota verso 1.6 litre BMW engine and has just done 39000 miles guess what EML light came on. I had service plan from Toyota when I bought car in April 2016 and all three services done by Toyota. My car has done not more than 6K miles between services. Last full service done in May 2019 at 28kmiles and in 2020 corona stuck and couldn’t get it serviced and took Toyota service package and service was done April 2021 but car has done only 10 K miles from service in may 2019 till current service. Local Toyota garage investigated and said timing chain extended and need to be replaced and will cost me lot of money. I haven’t driven the car badly and its a family car and in corona could not go far. Its just shock to see such a serious issue can arise no where. I asked technician who called me what could be reason but he was unable to answer. It shaken my trust in reliability in Toyota as I was planning to get new one. So even if you get it serviced and keep in good condition still engine can disappoint you. Do you guys know what is issue with this 2015 Verso 1.6 litre diesel engine? Is this know issue with verso 1.6 diesel engine which were from BMW? Please any one there who can answer.

    1. Hi Amir,

      You are not the only one with this type of problem. We have a verso 2016 1.6d4d model and they are bmw engines. We had our car serviced and like you we are under the average mileage per year. We experienced problems with the oil pressure warning light about 2 weeks ago which also happened to be the end of our warranty. We have taken it to Toyota who frankly are rude and very unhelpful. They told us we would have to replace the engine at our cost. But they only suspect that the engine is damaged because they won’t even look at the car. Then quoted us £1500 just to strip the engine to see what the actual problem is. Shocking since we had the car from 5k miles, being at 40k miles engines should not fail like this when the owner has driven the car reasonably and with care. I get that a dealer will not carry out repairs on cars outside of their warranty but only 2 weeks outside in my opinion is total neglect of customer care and Toyota clearly have no interest in their cars or owners unless it’s a big fat bill for engine trouble that should not be occurring at 40k miles.

      Amir I sympathise.

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