The Toyota Verso-S's full list price is a little on the high side compared with the equivalent Citroën C3 Picasso and Skoda Fabia Estate, both of which offer a choice of petrol and diesel engines.
Still, the Toyota does have low running costs in comparison with its main petrol rivals, not to mention a high standard spec. With a competitive CO2 output in manual form, road tax will be low and company car buyers will have relatively tiny bills every month. The CVT version does even better, and residual values look set to be very good, but even with the Toyota’s tempting running costs and equipment levels, the Verso-S’s rivals offer far better ownership prospects.
Our fuel economy average of 38.6mpg is decent enough in comparison with the real-world results we’ve achieved in other, similar cars, but it’s a long way off Toyota’s claimed figure. Automatic stop-start would be a welcome addition – particularly given that Japanese versions get it as standard – but otherwise the Verso-S is acceptable but not outstanding in this respect.
The TR starts the range and gets ample standard kit, including air conditioning, a USB input, Bluetooth, a touchscreen multimedia system and a reversing camera. The T Spirit adds a full-length panoramic glass roof but loses the standard space-saver spare wheel in favour of a tyre repair kit.