It competes in an exceptionally hard-fought category, with the likes of the Ford S-Max, Vauxhall Zafira, Seat Alhambra, Volkswagen Touran and Citroën C4 Grand Picasso ensuring buyers have plenty of choice.
Toyota responded to this competition by facelifting its existing version of the Verso in 2013, giving the car an overhauled exterior and interior look, as well as making under-the-metal changes to make the car quieter and more comfortable.
This was achieved by fitting improved sound damping between the engine bay and cabin, and also by reducing wind noise with the fitment of smaller door mirrors.
In addition, the MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension setup was treated to revised damper settings, and the steering control software rejigged for a more linear response. There are also now more weld points at the back and extra reinforcement in the front suspension mountings to enhance rigidity.
The result is a car that is much better than its predecessor and which, depending on your priorities, could earn a place on your buying shortlist. The Verso is now a quiet, lean, comfortable and altogether likeable people carrier.
That may sound like we're damning it with feint praise, simply because nobody really aspires to owning an MPV, but that is not the case. The taught body and suspension tune deliver confident, agile handling and ride comfort of almost Ford-like finesse.
Of the major controls, only the steering is a minor let down. It is a little too slow and insubstantial, and lacking in feel. However, it’s accurate enough to adequately deploy the grip on offer and becomes neatly weighted on the motorway.
For now, our pick for anyone but the most determined short-distance driver would be the diesel, which delivers 199lb ft of torque to help shift big loads, plus decent refinement and economy. It is a responsive, even gratifyingly perky unit.
Emissions may only just sneak under the 120g/km barrier, and engine speeds beyond 3000rpm are largely redundant, but via a sturdy six-speed manual gearbox it’s about as satisfying a guise as the D4-D has ever enjoyed.