Toyota Verso review review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Toyota Verso

review (2013 onwards)


Far than a facelift, the Verso is to benefit from Toyota’s new programme – giving designers and engineers the chance to a difference, and boy does it show.

Toyota Verso 2013

Where: Nice – France



Unlikely as it seems, the 2013 might just be a watershed for in Europe. Although it’s not all this compact MPV is the first to benefit from a localisation – which means been developed with input from Toyota’s operation.

In hindsight, the quiet radiating from the project’s Chief Engineer (and Lead Engineer), Mehmet during the press conference have been a big clue. But the this programme has apparently to the car is genuinely outstanding.

Approximately 600 have been changed

Europe has been involved the renewal process, including the makeover that brings it line with the firm’s new direction –  giving the much greater road – and improvements to interior refinement and driving dynamics.

Approximately 600 parts from a total of around 2,000 been changed here, this much more the modest midlife revision. And all of build on the Verso’s already family-friendly attributes, such as the Flat seating.

Add in a thoroughly diesel engine, aggressive and a decent amount of standard and suddenly this looks a very promising people proposition indeed.


on trim level, the Verso is with a choice of three – 130hp 1.6-litre 145hp 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre turbodiesel. Both get a fettle, but the best selling has received the most attention, and was the option available for us to drive on the

The engine feels far smoother before

An updated version of ‘D-4D’ unit has already in the latest Toyota Avensis, a variable nozzle turbocharger other new bits and pieces. Yet as of the localisation procedure, Europe has empowered to develop it further

This means new electronic for better linearity and response, with a set of gear ratios place a pleasing driving ahead of absolutely maximising the economy. That these a decision well made is as soon as you set off.

While power isn’t much to home about, peak rises to 228lb ft and comes in earlier – from to 2,400rpm; the engine feels far than it ever has before, and to those well-chosen cogs rarely left desperately by what’s under your foot.

Sure, it hasn’t got overtaking performance. But the satisfyingly precision of the six-speed gearbox and to cabin refinement make a difference to the perceived depth of Toyota has always built cars – now it’s given us a truly polished


Ride and handling

is reflected in the ride and handling as It’s become so commonplace for to lay on the spiel about tweaked settings whenever a facelift around we were beginning to get a cynical. For a car like the Verso to our faith is incredibly remarkable.

Yet here we are.

The changes aren’t just tangible, substantial – to the point putting aside the GT86, is the best Toyota we’ve in quite some time.

no hot hatch, unsurprisingly

From the way the reaction is matched to the weighting, expectation and the actual body to the impressive bump absorption and it’s amazing to say it, but this is approaching Ford levels of and composure. Which is extremely praise indeed.

It’s no hot unsurprisingly. Yet the way we always wanted to faster – and even over a twisting section of road – is testament to the job been done here.

if you don’t care how well MPV goes round corners, you can appreciate the advances in ride and stability, which make it more enjoyable to both and passenger in. Perhaps something to about if you have travelsick children.

Making the difference, in to changing the springs and dampers, the programme has added stronger mountings and increased the Verso’s rigidity by demanding 38 additional in the body construction process. A detailed undertaking, and it shows.


Most of this body strengthening is focused the tailgate opening and rear given the Verso still like a cheap biscuit tin if you the latter it makes you realise how wobbly it must have before.

However, these and some strategic modifications to the insulation have made a difference to how quiet the cabin is. is easy at motorway speeds and the reduction in high frequency noises again engenders a more polished ambience.

The sense of quality this makes it easier to overlook of the harder interior plastics and while the choice of so many finishes remains strange, it at least look like has designed the dashboard this round, rather than thrown buttons at it.

The final of detail continues to leave a to be desired – the flappy for the sockets are cheap in a way that and Kia look down on from a these days – but the of standard equipment on the mid-level grade we tested should than satisfy.


With features as dual-zone climate control and a parking camera included expected to be the best seller by a big for good reason.

All but the very five-seater (which is new for 2013) get Easy Flat seats, slide and fold into no than 32 different configurations, adjusted via obvious pull and levers.

Although space is tight in the final row, the passenger packaging is excellent for the relatively compact size.

and safety

The new diesel engine just smoother; it’s more efficient. CO2 emissions are 10g/km to 129g/km, while on fuel economy goes up 53.3mpg to 57.6mpg. This the refreshing rejection of drive eco gearing; it wouldn’t have the new £100 annual car tax bill any

Toyota still doesn’t range wide stop-start on its even though it’s increasing ubiquitous amongst manufacturers. The technology is expensive to and implement, so for the time being resisting passing that onto consumers across the

Similarly, the Verso features of the latest high-tech safety that are becoming increasingly Buyers will have to do with vehicle stability and seven airbags. Not to mention the driving manners, which driver confidence, and should the car easier to manage in a crisis.

The MSN verdict

The 2013 Toyota is a fantastic enhancement over the car it With its striking looks, better driving experience, quality and familiar versatility it the attention of anyone shopping for a MPV. The five-year, 100,000-mile doesn’t hurt, either.

In even if you were previously a Toyota Auris hatchback urge you to have a go in one of these the difference made by Europe’s involvement in the Verso’s development could not be clearer. Toyota, have more of this.

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