The Toyota Verso is an amazingly versatile car with the space of a little van. It is broadly speaking part of the Corolla/ Auris family, but altogether bigger where it counts.
It is a very practical design and actually competes with the Renault Scenic, Nissan Livina, Mazda CX-5 and similar vehicles.
Its a 5 door, 7 seater MPV, packed with all the equipment and components you may need. From cruise control to electrically adjustable mirrors, automated climate control, fully adjustable multi-function leather steering wheel, fully adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth and all the hard audio connection points, remote locking and alarm.
There are three engine choices. A 1.6 petrol producing 97kW @ 6400rpm and 160Nm @ 4400rpm, The 1.8 putting out a respectable 108kW @ 6400rpm and 180Nm @ 4000rpm. The diesel does 91kW @ 3600rpm and 310Nm between 1600-2400rpm.
The Verso comes with an anti-lock Braking System as well as electronic brake distribution and hill-start assist control and an active stability system.
The new Toyota Verso is a thoroughly modern up-to-date car with all the safety and performance systems fitted as standard.
There are storage compartments, cup holders and door pockets wherever possible. You could lose stuff in here!
The seats are comfortable and fold in 32 different ways with individual seats in the second and third rows and second-row slide adjustment of 195mm. Load space is measured as 1.5m long and 1.4m wide with the seats folded flat if you need a van like load bay.
Toyota claim average fuel consumption of 6.5 l/100km for the 1.6, 7.1 l/100km for the 1.8 CVT and a measly 5.5 l/100km for the 2.0 D-4D diesel. These are a little optimistic. Expect around 1 l/100km more. Fuel consumption is much better than the previous models.
Performance is good. I enjoyed driving the car and having all that space available. It is one of those cars that will grow on you.
As with so many cars these days the spare wheel is a space saver.
Toyota have succeeded in improving the Verso in every area and giving it a handling and performance edge in never had.
The Verso range cost from R293 300 to R340 000. Whatever you buy, you will be getting value for money. I personally like the 1.8 TX automatic at R336 000.
Warranty is 3 years / 100 000 km and service intervals are 15 000km. The service plan is 5 years / 90 000 km.
First published in Business Connect