2014 Toyota Verso MPV Review

Two variants are available, 1.6 and 1.8-litre petrols with the 1.8 being available with only automatic gearbox. The 109bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine has great pickup at low speed but the gears need to be changed faster to get the optimal performance.

The Verso has great ease of use as well as comfort. The Toyota Verso is smooth and great to drive in the city as well as easy to handle at higher speed, keeping the body under control. The suspension can easily conquer large bumps easily but the ride is uncomfortable on patchy and uneven roads.

The wind and road noise are controlled but the engine noise is horrible. When the car is pushed both the petrol variants create terrible noise. The conditions of diesel engines are far worse even at low revs, the engine produces sound and both the pedal and steering wheel have too much vibrations. The suspension creates quite a ruckus too.

The Verso is fairly priced and can come with reasonable discounts too. The car is quite efficient with the 1.6 diesel giving most punch for the buck although the cars resale value is not so great.

The first impression of the interior is not that great but the built quality is good with great solidity. The Toyota is famous for the reliability and the Verso is a good example of it. It scores well in the JD Power ownership satisfaction survey and has a five year/100,000- mile warranty.

The Toyota Verso comes with standard seven airbags. It has gained a five star rating in Euro NCAP crash test. It has great pedestrian safety but the child and adult safety scores are low than the rivals. Thatcham has given the Verso five star rating against drive-away and four star against theft.

The car is quite comfortable with a raised gearstick, adjustable steering wheel and a high seat. The centrally mounted instruments are weird but other surroundings are fine. The standard reversing camera is useful for the parking and the general visibility is good.

The middle seats are made to recline, slid or fold, but doing all this is quite a tedious job. The space is also less in the rear seat and the boot is comparably small with other MPVs.

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