Toyota Verso MPV

Price  £18,120 - £25,000

Toyota Verso MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Strong resale values
  • Low running costs
  • Well built and reliable
  • Cramped rear seats
  • High price tag
  • Small boot with all seats in place

At a glance

The greenest
1.6 D-4D Active 5dr £19,990
The cheapest
1.6 Valvematic Active 5- Seat 5dr £18,120
The fastest
1.8 Valvematic Excel Multidrive S 5dr £24,650
Top of the range
1.8 Valvematic Trend Plus Multidrive S 5dr £25,000

“The Toyota Verso is a practical, dependable and easy-to-use MPV that offers low running costs. It may not be as stylish as some rivals but it’s a very capable family car”

The Toyota Verso MPV is a people-carrier that offers seven seats and is a rival to models such as the Renault Grand Scenic, Ford C-MAX, and Mazda 5 MPV. Its drab looks are unlikely to set the world alight but they do make the car spacious and practical. That said, the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is just as practical, and much more attractive.

The underwhelming looks transfer to the driving experience and you’re unlikely to ever savour taking the Toyota Verso for a spin down country roads. That's an area in which the Ford C-MAX really excels for this class of car. Nonetheless, the Toyota is certainly light and easy to drive in town, which will be its most common habitat.

The Toyota is available with either 1.6 or 1.8-litre petrol engines, or a 1.6-litre diesel. It's the diesel model that accounts for the bulk of sales, despite the fact that performance is lacklustre to say the least. Still, families are more concerned with running costs these days, so an average of 62.8mpg isn’t to be dismissed out of hand, especially when combined with the ability to haul around seven people.

The Toyota Verso can be had in four levels of spec: Active, Icon, Trend and Excel, but even the bottom-end version comes with daytime running lights, air-conditioning, and a four-speaker radio/CD player with steering-wheel mounted controls. It's worth remembering that although most Versos are seven seaters, the entry-level Active model with the 1.6-litre petrol engine is a five seater.

Our top choice is the diesel engined Toyota Verso 1.6 D4-D Iconic because it provides alloy wheels, a rear parking camera, Toyota's Touch2 multimedia system and a digital radio.

It doesn’t feel particularly upmarket inside though, and is designed more for sturdiness rather than aesthetic appeal. Rivals feel better inside. That's not to say the Toyota Verso Feels in any way flimsy, though – it should easily withstand the rough and tumble of daily family life.

The car's back row of seats may only be suitable for children, but the Toyota Verso does have strong second-hand values and an excellent reputation for reliability.

It's pretty safe, too. Crash test experts Euro NCAP evaluated the Toyota Verso in 2010 and gave it a full five-star rating.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.5 / 5

All of the engines in the Toyota Verso offer decent economy figures but there isn’t enough of gap between required services

Engines, drive & performance

2.5 / 5

The Toyota Verso might well be capable of carrying you and your brood around in an inoffensive manner, but it won’t give much joy while doing so

Interior & comfort

3.2 / 5

Toyota Verso offers space for five, and the rear seats can carry two kids. There’s plenty of space for the family’s paraphernalia too

Practicality & boot space

3.6 / 5

Versatile seating system makes the Toyota Verso very practical

Reliability & safety

4.4 / 5

Toyota Verso has a five-star safety rating and an impeccable reputation for reliability

What the others say

2.8 / 5
based on 3 reviews
3 / 5
"Strong residual values across the range and low company car tax make the Verso an attractive choice for fleet buyers, as well as growing families and like all Toyotas it comes with an impressive 100,000 mile five-year manufacturer warranty as standard."
5 / 10
"Fridge, washing machine, oven, Verso. Yes, it's got all the charm and personality of a domestic appliance…"
3 / 5
"The Toyota Verso isn’t the biggest or most versatile MPV, but we’d recommend it anyway providing you don't carry seven people regularly. Relaxing driving manners, competitive running costs and solid build quality all add to the Verso's appeal."
What owners say 
4.3 /5 based on 73 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
11 Dec 2014
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