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Toyota Verso 2.0 D-4D: Test Drive

Date: 31 March 2009   |   Author: Tom Webster

Category: Mini-MPV
P11D: £18,945
Key rival: Citroen C4 Picasso

Toyota set itself several goals when making the latest version of the Verso.

As well as aiming to offer practicality and storage without making the driver feel like he is piloting a minibus, Toyota wanted to create a lounge-like interior while improving both the driving dynamics and safety.

With NCAP yet to test the Verso, it is not known just how they've done on the safety front, but seven airbags, including a curtain bag that stretches all the way to the third row of seats should help.

The lounge interior has been aided by increasing legroom for both front and back passenger seats, although the ability to slide the rear seats by up to 30mm can quickly eat up most of the 50mm additional space. You'll have to slide the second row to make much use of the rearmost seats, too, as space is tight for anyone but children.

While the on the road the 0-60mph time, achieved in 11.3 seconds, won't make you forget you're in a functional vehicle, the Verso is easy to drive. And though it suffers from some wind noise from the wing mirrors, the fact that it's stacked full of noise deadening equipment makes it a pleasant place to be.

Its trump card, however, comes from the non-performance figures - 51.4mpg should be possible from average driving, and a 143g/km CO2 output keeps the tax bills low for a car of this size.

Toyota Verso 2.2 D-4D SR manual 5dr
P11D price£18,945
Model price range£16,745-£20,670
Fuel consumption51.4mpg
CO2 (tax)143g/km/19%
BIK 20/40% per month£60/£119
Service interval10,000mls
Insurancegroup 8 (est.)
Boot space (min/max)178/1696 litres
Engine size/power1998cc/260PS
Top speed/0-62mph115mph/11.3secs
On sale date18 April 2009
VerdictAn efficient way to transport
kids and family detritus
without racking up the tax
or the excitement levels.


An efficient way to transport kids and family detritus without racking up the tax or the excitement levels.