Toyota Verso Review

The Verso is another great compact MPV family car from Toyota and is of particular interest to those needing its extra-seating capacity because, with the exception of the entry-level model, all Versos seat up to seven people.

Offered with a choice of two petrol (1.6 or 1.8-litre Valvematic) and one diesel engine (1.6-litre D-4D with Stop & Start technology) and available in five trim levels – Active, Icon, Trend, Trend Plus and Excel – the Verso’s spacious and adaptable interior, stylish exterior, and affordability to buy and run make it the ideal car for busy and growing family. That’s why Mumsnet users loved it!


To inspire driver confidence, the Toyota Verso has been designed to be more stable and more comfortable out on the road than ever before. Improvements to the suspension and steering make the compact MPV’s handling like that of a regular car, making you feel right at home and connected to the road.

The Verso is powered by a choice of low emissions, fuel-efficient engines: Toyota’s new 1.6-litre D-4D diesel engine (six-speed manual), equipped with Stop & Start technology, is available on all four model grades, and petrol engines include Toyota’s 1.6-litre Valvematic (six-speed manual) on Active and Icon models or the 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol (Multidrive S automatic CVT transmission) on Icon, Trend and Excel models.



Whether it be the entry-level five-seat Verso Active or any of the seven-seat models, the interior of the Verso is spacious, versatile and high quality with an appealing design to the dashboard and console.

Carefully chosen materials ensure the interior trim and upholstery are attractive while still being hard-wearing, including an optional half-leather interior on Trend and Excel models and leather first and second-row seats on Excel Plus. The seats are easily adjustable for maximum comfort – the second row of seats slides to provide class-leading levels of rear legroom – and the cabin is quieter too thanks to improved insulation and the Verso’s new aerodynamic design that cut down on wind and road noise.

Add the optionally available Skyview panoramic roof (shown above – all models except Active) and the feeling of light and space inside the Verso increases even further. Verso’s equipment levels are high, with Toyota’s latest Touch 2 touchscreen multimedia system fitted to the all models except the entry-level Verso Active.

Trend and Trend Plus models feature Toyota Touch 2 with Go system (option on Icon and Excel) adds fully-featured navigation, while the Trend Plus model also has a rear-seat DVD entertainment system as standard (option on Icon, Trend and Excel). Other features from Icon grades upwards include dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, privacy glass and more.


Few things test a vehicle’s practicality than the demands of family life, but the Verso is up to the challenge! A multitude of storage locations, cubby holes and cupholders throughout the cabin mean that all the items that come along for the ride can be safely stowed. In Icon and Excel models, the upper glovebox even doubles as a cooler big enough for a 1.5-litre bottle.

Even more impressive is Toyota’s Easy Flat seating system, which allows the second and third rows (where fitted) to arrange in any of 32 different configurations and fold flat to increase load space according to your needs. With all the seats in place, the seven-seat Verso has 198 litres of luggage space, increasing to 699 litres when the third row (where fitted) is collapsed, and a massive 1,696 litres of load-carrying space when all the seats are folded flat. Whether it’s people or luggage you need to safely transport, the Verso can adapt to your specific needs.



Toyota understands that nothing is more important than protecting your family, so has equipped the Verso with numerous safety features to take care of you and your loved ones. Seven airbags, active front headrests and the Verso’s strong body construction contributed to the Toyota scoring a maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash safety test.

Toyota has also equipped the Verso with several safety technologies to keep you on the road and out of trouble, including stability and traction control, hill-start assist, braking assistance and anti-lock brakes.

Running Costs*

With improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, the Verso is even easier on your pocket. The 1.6 D-4D diesel engine is the most economical, achieving 62.8mpg on the combined test cycle and emitting just 119g/km of carbon dioxide. That means that your first year’s road tax is completely free, and it will only cost £30 per year from then on.

The petrol models achieve similar levels of economy regardless of transmission – the manual-equipped 1.6 Valvematic returns 42.8mpg and the CVT-equipped 1.8 Valvematic is almost the same with 41.5mpg – and attract a road tax charge of £180. Servicing intervals for the Verso are set at every 10,000 miles of once per year (whichever is sooner).


The Verso is built in the EU to the same high standards that Toyotas are well-known for, and therefore enjoys the same five-year/100,000 mile mechanical warranty and three-year, unlimited mileage warranty against paint defects as the rest of the Toyota range. Further peace of mind comes with a 12-year, unlimited mileage anti-corrosion warranty.


The entry-level, five-seat Verso Active, powered by the 1.6 Valvematic petrol engine, costs £18,120 on the road.

All other Verso models are seven-seat versions, with the 1.6 D-4D diesel with Stop & Start technology fitted to all five model grades – Active, Icon, Trend, Trend Plus and Excel – and ranging between £19,990 and £24,495.

Versos with the manual 1.6 Valvematic petrol engine cost either £18,650 in Active trim or £20,650 for the Icon model.

Lastly, the 1.8 Valvematic petrol with the CVT automatic gearbox is available in Icon, Trend, Trend Plus and Excel grades, costing between £22,150 and £24,650. Optional extras include the Skyview panoramic roof for an extra £550.

*Prices correct as of 01/03/16

Toyota Verso review round-up

The UK media had a chance to test the new 1.6 D-4D engine in the Verso for the first time recently and here’s a summary of what they said:

Auto Express
“There’s no doubt that this BMW engine gives the Verso a new lease of life. It’s cleaner than before, and most drivers won’t notice any drop in performance. A robust cabin and strong residual values make it a hassle free choice for family buyers.”

MSN Cars
“If you value, well, value – and efficiency – then this new Toyota is well worth considering. Don’t forget it has a five-year warranty, too.”

What Car?
“The new 1.6 diesel engine makes the Toyota Verso more refined, more efficient and cheaper to run as a company car. If you rarely transport seven people, and care more about reliability than outright practicality, it remains worthy of consideration.”

“The car is also extremely quiet and vibration-free if you drive it in a more relaxed manner. The Verso would be the sensible option. There’s no obvious reason not to buy.”

For further information about the Verso, visit the designated section of the Toyota website. And if you’d like to try the Verso for yourself, leave us a comment and we’ll be in touch!


  1. This car looks to be exactly what I am looking for, when will be updated with details?

    1. Hello David
      Thanks for your post.
      Sorry about the delay with regard to updating our website with the latest information, we working on resolving this and we hope to update the site shortly.
      If you have any questions in the meantime, please let us know.

  2. It appears that Toyota spends 99% of its time saying “sorry”. After going through weeks of expecting my new 1.6 Trend Verso it never arrived and i had to cancel the order.
    Having taken a 7 day break i return to find that not only has any verso arrived ex Portbury but as Toyota told the dealer that my car was being delivered on the 21st March i paid £105 to have my private plate on a retention certificate, then the car never arrived and still has not arrived. Having cancelled the order i feel that Toyota should pay the £105, but according to the dealer TOYOTA is failing to make a decision like everything they do.
    In the end i know that i will have to pay a solicitor to deal with it, but Toyota couldnt tell the truth if they looked it in the face
    Totally disgusted with the name TOYOTA
    Harry Baker

  3. Always drove Toyota and needed an upgrade from my corolla since the expansion of the family and thought the new Verso would tick all the boxes. Looked over it in the showroom and was happy but that’s as far as it got. Tried 3 different Toyota dealers for a test drive with a big intention to buy but it seems my interest fell on deaf ears. Not one dealer followed up my many calls requesting info on this fantastic new motor. Got fed up really for having to repeatedly ask a dealer to buy a car from them and wanted a new car so took a browse at the Peugeot and couldnt get over how i was treated. Excellent service and the car was pretty good to. Well done Peugeot hope the car is as good as the customer service. Toyota should be ashamed. They might produce good cars but need to brush up on their customer service if they want sales!

  4. Hi Kevin,

    We’re really sorry to hear you didn’t receive good service when looking for a Verso, but thanks for the feedback. If you could let us know which dealers you visited it would be really helpful.
    It’s not clear if you’ve made a purchase yet but we’d really like to see if we can help you as you’re quite right in pointing out a Verso is perfect for larger families.

    Kind regards,
    Toyota UK

    1. Hi Will
      The dealers are in Northern Ireland. I didn’t like how I was being messed around. I could forgive one but when all dealers were showing the same lack of interest I went with the Peugeot 5008.

  5. Toyota main dealers eh, I phoned round 3 main agents asking if they had any 3 yr old versos in 61 reg, they all said no but they would make some enquiries, not one of them phoned me back so in the end i bought an ex mobility verso from cars sales garage in brierly hill west midlands, they were fantastic, just goes to show main agents are only interested in the big bucks ie selling new cars. This other garage even gave me a good price for my avensis, more than the main agent offered me.

  6. Hi Scott
    Thanks for your post.
    We are pleased that you found your Verso and sorry that none of the Toyota dealers you contacted had the right age model in stock. If it helps for the future we do have a second hand car locator on our website
    This does enable you to search specific models and select your preferences.
    Thanks again and many happy miles in your Verso.

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