Review Toyota Verso 1.8 V-Matic New car

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Review of the new Toyota Verso 1.8



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REVIEW DATE: 07 сен 2009

The from Toyota gets on the job of being practical in its own refreshingly way. Jonathan Crouch on the 1.8 V-Matic petrol models.


The has long been one of the strongest Toyota makes and there’s no why the latest model shouldn’t in that vein. There’s revolutionary here, just improvements to the established winning More advanced engines, luggage space, more kit, Toyota appears to a good handle on what MPV buyers want.

While compact MPV makers have all kinds of tricks to get us into products over the years, Verso has always approached its with a much straighter This isn’t a car that bring the neighbours out to admire but it is one a truly exceptional level of competence.

The first generation version on the old Corolla family hatchback was sales success for the brand, seven-seat capability, a quality powerful yet frugal engines and pricing. This Auris-based generation version deviates from that approach as you’d expect, brings it up to date.

Toyota is blowing the Drive trumpet again this Verso. Optimal is a tag that the marque has concocted and attached to its engines to underline the that they have enhanced for optimal efficiency. doesn’t just mean economy either because the powerplants are also packing a punch than ones to the old model could muster.

The engines use Valvematic technology gives yet more scope for the process to be micro-managed by computer for the results. The 1.6-litre engine has a 131bhp and torque of 160Nm the 1.8-litre unit we’re at here delivers 145bhp and

On the road, the Verso handles sweetly. The high-sided body is controlled in corners and the steering is direct. The suspension is firmer the average in this sector but rivals are set-up to obliterate in the road surface at the expense of handling, so whether you prefer the in the Verso to that of a rival will be largely a matter of

The electric power steering is a clever variable assistance but Toyota has developed a function detects steering inputs are too forceful and acts to smooth out by reducing the amount of power

This is a prime example of the doing what it does so

This car is immediately recognisable as a Verso by anyone who has seen one of the previous iterations. It’s been one of the brand’s more efforts, which isn’t too much, and that continues some sharper angles the front end and a distinctive crease from the roof at the rear the back door and above the to the front bumper.

The rear clusters are particularly attractive their circles of LED brake with indicators in the centre. The is bigger than ever in latest form having 70mm in length and 20mm in over its predecessor. The height unchanged for a lower and more overall look.

The interior is it all happens in a car like this and has made a number of improvements to its and effective Easy Flat-7 system to ensure that life runs smoothly. The do pretty much what it on the tin in that there are seven of and they’re easy to fold Each of the five rear can be folded individually to create a load floor, opening up no than 32 seating permutations for the

On the latest model, the outer in the middle row automatically return to previous position after folded to allow passenger to the rear, while those seats can also be reclined a The old Verso had a paltry 63-litres of space with all the seats but this model ups that to and with all the seats down, a 1,830mm maximum load to be exploited.

Toyota has piled on the equipment with the latest and the most notable inclusion is stability control as standard. can correct skids by distributing and applying the brakes to individual and is a real bonus on this vehicle. Elsewhere there’s HAC Assist Control, seven and active front headrests.

All Verso models also underfloor storage, a boot and a second rear view that can be trained on unruly Optional features include compatibility, climate control, control, a panoramic sunroof, sensors and satellite navigation a 10Gb hard disc

Size and weight are two things the has plenty of but its advanced engines manage to yield strong and emissions figures. Both engines return around on the combined cycle with CO2 in the low 160s. That compares to the 2.0-litre diesel engine emits just 140g/km of CO2 it one of the cleanest units of its kind the 2.2-litre diesel chips in 41.5mpg and 178g/km.

Never a car to overly impress the onlooker, Toyota’s Verso is appealing to the real experts of the MPV market, buyers with who put these vehicles through paces day in and day out. Well user-friendly, reliable and economical, the model looks to have the important qualities nailed

This is a prime example of the doing what it does so Other compact MPVs leap off the showroom floor at you their gimmicks and showboating but how many are as good as the Verso at a family efficiently from A to B?


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