Toyota Verso 2.0D-4D TR | Road Test Review | MotorBar.co.uk

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Toyota Verso

2.0D-4D TR

#146; s new Verso MPV starts out

a #145;no compromise #146;

to family life and ends up very

#145; fit for purpose Better still, it #146; s

more economical than its

fuel consumption figures

All good news at a time every

penny counts .

DEPENDING ON WHICH MANUFACTURER YOU TO, sales of family-sized MPVs are holding their own in these market condition or people are away from them superminis or, if load space is a into estates. Whatever the one thing is certain: that for people down-sizing and down-pricing are the driving issues in today s motoring world.

Which brings us to the new Toyota MPV, which utilises the Toyota Optimal Drive to reduce fuel consumption, power and still produce CO2. Priced from a seven-seat, five-door MPV with in driving dynamics, quality, and safety looks to be a smart #151; if an MPV is what you need.

through to ’empty-nesters’ to mini-cab all use MPVs because of their and passenger carrying versatility, so will always be a market for vehicles #151; even in a meltdown our real-world needs do not that much. Okay, it mean that today we do not buy a new as often, but an MPV remains an important If it’s more rewarding to then that is an advantage, for many just mentioning an MPV can be

Toyota does not sell numbers of Verso models and see around 4,500 of the new model delivered to UK customers this the majority diesel. The mid-range TR has most appeal when it to cost. In other words, the Verso 2.0D-4D 6-speed TR is the optimum and likely most model.

Prices go up to Ј20,670 for the top version with the same and prices are yet to be announced for the 2.2-litre model which comes in the year but only with transmission.

Toyota designers have visited, amongst places, IKEA car parks, they interviewed shoppers to get ideas on what a mid-sized MPV must offer, but in truth the new is not much different to any other people-carrier. The vehicle accommodates up to people in three rows of When required, the seats fold flat to form a load floor of up to 1,696 and the doors all open wide for access.

Nothing groundbreaking here,

However, reliability and build will, because it is a Toyota, be class although I found the trim plastics to be on the fragile or side and they scuff-marked easily, so durability for real-life use might be an issue. Other include the seat squabs for the two seats #151; they are on the side for long-legged users; and the A-pillars are wide so front-quarter is not perfect.

I had the opportunity to drive engine options available at launch #151; more follow. First up was the 1.8-litre petrol engine: this is new and lift and duration control the variable timing of the inlet to deliver more power for fuel and less CO2 emissions. over the old 1.8-VVT-I unit is up by to 145bhp; torque increases by 7lb ft to ft at 4,600rpm; CO2 emissions are down to 165g/km; and the official combined fuel consumption improves 36.7 to 40.4mpg.

My Ј17,745 1.8 TR test car was right on the at 40mpg, so I am impressed. The engine is revs freely, is pretty and for most retail, low to medium users will be the best Even the Ј150 road tax is not too bad.

On the other hand, the of Verso users will higher mileages, so the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with and 228lb ft of torque from will fit their bill: CO2 are 143g/km and road tax is Ј125 a Fuel economy, officially, be 51.4mpg on average. My test car did returning 53.3mpg over winding Portuguese roads.

On this showing, Toyota’s Drive technology really work.

I also had the chance for a drive of the 2.2-litre, 148bhp/251lb ft which will be coming to the UK in the year fitted with the new automatic gearbox. Yes it is good and but the real-life 30.4mpg fuel instead of the official 41.5mpg and the Ј170 road tax cost do consideration. For those people who diesels with automatic this Verso fits the

No retail prices have yet announced, but expect Ј20,000+.

All in the new Toyota Verso is a sound and buy. Well equipped the bottom model up with of the usual items such as windows and door mirrors air conditioning and Vehicle Stability and traction control. Against is a small boot with the row of seats in use (178 litres), cheap interior plastics and seat squabs for the front

Good points include a range of models, improved economy, lower CO2 emissions, diesel engine option, and easy to use fold-a-way seating and safety equipment. The part-SUV and versatile seating will appeal, as too will the very fuel economy potential. The may not be the sexiest set of wheels you can buy but it is undeniably #151; David Miles

Verso 2.0D-4D TR | Ј18 , 945

Maximum 115mph | 0-62mph: 11.3 | Overall test MPG:

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