Toyota Verso MPV

Price  £18,425 - £25,750

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 £20,295
The cheapest
1.6 Valvematic Active 5- Seat 5dr £18,425
The fastest
1.8 Valvematic Icon Multidrive S 5dr £22,450
Top of the range
1.8 Valvematic Excel Multidrive S 5dr £25,750

“The Toyota Verso offers practicality, reliability and economy. It’s not as stylish as some rivals, but it’s a thoroughly competent family car.”

The Toyota Verso is a seven-seater MPV that puts practicality and usability over style. For drivers after a capable and dependable people carrier, it’s a worthy contender against competition like the Mazda 5, Renault Grand Scenic and Ford C-MAX. While the Toyota Verso can be said to be as practical as its rivals, competitors like the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso offer similar space and versatility in a more stylish body.

The Toyota Verso offers a driving experience that echoes its looks: it’s an underwhelming car to drive. While the Verso throws up no unpleasant driving characteristics, it’s unlikely to be a car you’ll take out for a spin for the sheer pleasure of it. In comparison, the Ford C-MAX is a positively enjoyable car to drive, although it doesn’t offer seven seats like the Verso does. The Toyota does manage to be a good car to drive around town, though, thanks to its light and easy controls.

Toyota offers the Verso with either a 1.6 or 1.8-litre petrol engine, as well as a 1.6-litre diesel. The diesel is likely to account for most sales, although its performance can best be described as sedate. Still, with running costs a priority these days, the Verso diesel makes a good case for itself. It’ll return 62.8mpg while emitting 119g/km of CO2, meaning it’s economical to run and cheap to tax. Combine this economy with the fact that the Verso can transport seven people and it’s easy to see how the Toyota works as a proposition for cost-conscious families.

The range is made up of five trim levels: Active, Icon, Trend, Trend Plus and Excel, with even the entry-level Active coming with air-conditioning, heated folding door mirrors and a four-speaker radio/CD player with steering-wheel-mounted controls. Our recommendation is a Verso diesel in Icon trim. This provides a reversing camera, Bluetooth phone connection, DAB digital radio and Toyota’s Touch2 multimedia system.

Toyota is offering a discount if you order before 31 March 2016. Choose your Verso in the entry-level Active trim, pay for it through Toyota’s finance arm and you’ll get over £1,000 off the list price, making the Verso excellent value at just £16,995. This is around £4,000 less than the Renault Grand Scenic.

The Toyota Verso’s cabin is sturdy to the touch, but it’s beginning to look a bit dated and doesn’t feel particularly upmarket. The cabin build quality seems rugged enough for family life, but rivals like the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso offer a more modern interior.

While the third row of seats is only suitable for children, the Toyota Verso is still a very practical car. Toyotas are also known to hold their value well on the second-hand market and have an excellent reputation for reliability.

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 is capable of carrying you and your brood around with ease, but it won’t give you much joy while doing so

Interior & comfort

3.2 / 5

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

Practicality & boot space

3.6 / 5

A 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 75 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
19 Jan 2016
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