Toyota was keen to ensure that the new Toyota Verso-S offered more appealing styling than the Yaris Verso, which was rather vulnerable to the accusation that it looked like a modified van, and in general the firm has been successful. Toyota’s current design language is very evident in the front end, which has notes of the iQ’s bluff, stingray-inspired look, and although the rear is a touch frumpy, it is inoffensive and allows for a usefully low load height.
The Verso-S has a tall windscreen, so instead of two wipers that don’t stretch to its top, it has a central wiper on a cam that allows it to clear a surprisingly large amount of the glass. There’s an L-shaped profile to the bumper at the front, too, pushing some air out sideways and up, limiting the amount of flow beneath the car.
The single-bladed grille is Toyota’s most recent family face, while contours next to them reduce the visual bulk of the front bumper. A discreet spoiler is standard and assists in achieving a Cd figure of only 0.298 — or 0.30 if you’re rounding up — which isn’t too bad.
At the back, secondary lights are set low and wide in the rear wings. The idea, according to Toyota, is that they “emphasise the Verso-S’s wide stance and low centre of gravity”. In other words, they make it look less top heavy.
The rear roof spoiler’s leading edge trails a feature line into the rear window to add visual interest to what could otherwise be a bulky rear corner. The door handles get a curiously intricate surround. The partial recess we think is meant to make it look like the front of the handle is cleaving air as it travels forwards, thereby adding a hint of dynamism to the sides of the car.