Toyota Verso Icon 7-seat 2.0 D-4D – first drive Review | Autocar

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Toyota Verso

Icon 2.0 D-4D – first review

What is it?

A mid-life of the Verso – the mid-sized, seven-seat MPV launched in 2009. A styling brings the model in line the latest family face – a nose, sleeker door new wheels and integral rear are the standout alterations – while the receives the customary trim and fabric bump for better quality.

The subtle – though successful – redesign means the is 20mm longer than its but the 2780mm wheelbase (and are unchanged. Adjustments underneath are to make the car quieter and more with improved sound between the engine bay and cabin, and a in wind noise (hence the mirrors, too).

Dynamically, the MacPherson strut and torsion beam rear setup has been treated to damper settings, and the steering software rejigged for a more response. More definitively, are now more weld points at the and extra reinforcement in the front mountings to enhance rigidity.

The lineup is kept simple: two petrols (a 130bhp 1.6 and 145bhp are carried over from car, as is the 122bhp 2.0-litre although the latter has undergone They include the introduction of a new nozzle turbocharger which to deliver an improved 228lb ft of 200rpm earlier, as well as detailed improvements intended to fuel economy and refinement.

the Verso is carved up into trim levels: Active, and Excel. A five-seat configuration a return, but only in the poorly-equipped trim. As usual, the middle (driven here) offers the compromise of kit for cash, with alloys, Bluetooth, rear-view dual-zone climate control, door mirrors, cruise and a DAB tuner all appearing as standard.

What is it like?

While it may produced some genuinely cars in the last few years GT86 and LF-A ) the Verso is the of bulk-buy product Toyota its reputation on, and continues to pay the bills It was originally assembled with few or quirks, and sprang no surprises.

In the the facelifted car would have the tick-box approach to development spawned its predecessor, but under new policy of regionalisation, the job is now in the remit of the European design division. a revelation – the Avensis others) received the same and still floundered. But this round the engineers have their modest adjustments to overall effect.

Remarkably, much of what set out to achieve has actually been This is a quieter, leaner, amenable, more comfortable and plain better Verso. spent discovering where the required its 34 extra spot has produced a far tauter body, in conjunction with the retuned has delivered confident, agile and ride comfort of almost -like finesse.

The reconfigured doesn’t earn quite the level of praise – it is still a too slow and insubstantial, and inevitably in feel – but it’s accurate to adequately deploy the grip on and becomes neatly weighted on the According to the chief engineer, made to the Verso’s 2.0-litre engine are almost identical to introduced on the Avensis over 12 ago, save for two critical

Firstly, the Avensis’s lower, economical gearing was rejected it ruined the dynamic performance (a wonderful admission from a figure in a Toyota uniform) secondly, the engine map was reprogrammed for linearity. The result is a far more even gratifyingly perky Emissions may only just under the 130g/km barrier, and speeds beyond 3000rpm are redundant, but via a sturdy six-speed gearbox it’s about as a guise as the D4-D has ever

The motor’s cause is helped by the superior sound-deadening. Doors the oil burner still clatters a incessantly. Doors shut, it swiftly into the background.

are also far less intrusive, and at speeds, a driver will no need to raise his voice to be above the wind noise in the second row.

Should I buy

The flaws still apparent in the are not the fault of this facelift. No how concerted the highlighting effort, the remains a fairly stock-standard array, and it’s well of the finish evinced elsewhere. But it durable and logical. And the car around it, at is highly competitive.

The seats still number seven, feature Toyota’s Easy system and conform to all expectations, the middle bench will an …, the rear seats are for children.

Almost everywhere else, low) expectations have surpassed. Quizzed about the improvements made under his Toyota’s European engineer that such development was now all achieving a suitable equilibrium updated components, describing software changes as the ‘cement’ now binds a final product On this evidence, Toyota’s strategy has just begun to that elusive and rewarding of balance.

Toyota Verso 7-seat 2.0 D-4D

Price 0-62mph 11.3secs; Top speed Economy 57.6mpg (combined); CO2 Kerbweight 1540kg; Engine 1998cc, turbodiesel; Power at 3600rpm; Torque 228lb ft at Gearbox Six-speed manual

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