Verso will get the job done

The first question must be, is it fit for purpose? A car doesn’t have to be the best looker in the land. It doesn’t have to be the fastest.

The first question must be, is it fit for purpose? A car doesn’t have to be the best looker in the land. It doesn’t have to be the fastest.

If it caters for your specific needs then it is the right fit.

The Toyota Verso is a compact MPV built for family transport purposes. It is available as a five or 7-seater, with an entry price of 25,750 euro for the former.

The raison d’etre for Verso and its ilk has a lot to do with space and versatility. The 7-seater, for example, offers 32 seating combinations with the Toyota Easy Flat folding system, which basically transforms the car from a people to load carrier with one simple motion.

The 7-seater, like all such vehicles, doesn’t allow for much room in the third row of seats. Best leave that area to the smaller ones, but do so in the knowledge that their safety hasn’t been compromised because Verso is the first MPV to get curtain airbags in the third row of seats.

With maximum seating employed Verso offer 155 litres of boot space, but with that third row of seats folded the carrying capacity swells to 440 litre. The combination of passenger/luggage carrying space obviously alters depending on your choice of the seating arrangement.

The ordinary boot space is augmented by clever storage spaces in the cabin and a deep cubbyhole under the floor of the boot. Practical touches for the family user!

The Verso driven was powered by a strong driving and efficent 2.0 diesel engine. In terms of efficiency, this unit scores, and with an annual road tax rating of 270 euro because of a good CO2 figure, this helps with the family motoring budget.

For the driver, a good position and gearshift that is closer to the steering’ are simple yet helful design changes.

A lot of the enhancements on new Verso are unseen. Detailed work went into the surpression of road and wind noise and so on, and the dividend here is a quiet cabin. The passenger cell styling is all about practicality. New silver satin finish on the console panels and a new chrome feature line splitting the upper and lower dash’ give a nice lift to the visuals.

This is a comfortable and refined car that is easy to park. All the needs of family motoring sorted. Utterly practical!

Verso features - Vehicle Stability Control+, Toyota Touch System, air con, Bluetooth, seven airbags, 16” alloy wheels, daytime running lights, Isofix (2 x 2nd row fixing points), Easy Flat seat folding system, rear view camera.

Toyota Verso D-4D 2.0 diesel Luna SkyView 6-sp manual 31,450 euro; 1988cc, 4-cylinders, 124bhp, 228 lb ft torque at 2,400rpm; C02 129g/km; annual road tax 270 euro; fuel consumption figure quoted, 57.6mpg (combined).