Should I buy one?
There’s no obvious reason not to – the BMW-derived engine is a smooth operator, offering decent flexibility and a willingness to rev, at least to 4000rpm. Downsizing from a 2.0 to a 1.6 diesel has improved the Verso, rather than hindered it.
The Verso remains small for a seven seater in this class, plus the back two seats are for small children only – around 95 per cent of Versos in the UK are expected to have the full complement of seats. The middle row has decent room and there are all sorts of useful storage bins within the cabin which make up for this lack of outright space, plus the ride and subdued noise levels within are worthy of high praise.
The Verso looks competitive on price and kit, with the range starting at £17,765 and rising to £23,995 for the top-spec Excel D-4D. The cheapest diesel Verso is the Active seven-seat at £19,990. It’s in VED band C and its BIK rate is 19 per cent.
It’s not the most appealing car in this sector in terms of interior finish or exterior glamour, and its driving manners are predictable but not inspiring. If you’re not absolutely dependent on tons of interior space, the Verso would be the sensible option in a class featuring more versatile and eye-catching machinery.
Toyota Verso 1.6 D-4D
Price £19,990; 0-62mph 12.7sec; Top speed 115mph; Economy 62.8mpg; CO2 119g/km; Kerb weight 1520kg; Engine 4 cyls, 1598cc, turbocharged, diesel; Power 110bhp at 4000rpm; Torque 199lb ft at 1750-2250pm; Gearbox 6-spd manual