The Toyota Verso-S fits the bill perfectly should you just need a car that is small and easy to drive around town and yet can carry four people and some luggage. But it doesn’t do it with flair, originality or brilliance in any single area. The engine is the biggest letdown, and if a broader range of motors were available this Toyota would be more recommendable. As it is, it’s lack of refinement will leave most owners wary of extending it.

For a car that sits in the MPV class, Toyota hasn’t given a thought to the first two letters standing for multi-purpose. The Verso-S’s lack of functionality is a surprising omission – the reat seats fold flat, but that’s it. There’s okay room in the back for the long of leg, but width-wise there’s no more space than in a conventional hatch.

Interior quality is a disappointment, too. Sure, the Verso-S is well-equipped, especially in T-Spirit form where the full-length panoramic roof is a nice standard touch, but the shiny, hard plastics around the cabin smack of penny pinching and aren’t keeping with the high price tag. Other running costs are reasonable, though.

Even with its objective merits, there are too many small MPVs that offer more flexibility and are potentially more enjoyable as an ownership proposition. The Toyota Verso-S does a specific job, and it does it adequately — nothing more and nothing less.