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Toyota Verso (2004-09)

Overall Rating

3 stars

The family-friendly Verso is quite spacious, with lots of safety equipment. It's nice to drive and very well put together, with generous standard equipment. But it only seats seven at a pinch.

For
  • Spacious interior offers seven-seater capacity
  • Nicer to drive than some MPVs
  • Well built with good equipment levels
Against
  • More like a pumped-up estate than an MPV
  • Rearmost seats are tight for adults
  • Quite expensive to buy new
Road Test

You're paying for quality and reliability here, rather than an innovative people carrier. As a five-seater, Verso makes a lot of sense. With only five seats, it's spacious enough and also has plenty of room for luggage. But put the third row of seats into use and it feels more cramped. Also the two separate seats rear seats don't fold away; they have to be removed, which compromises practicality. The middle row can be folded, slid forward or backwards, and if required removed completely creating a very capacious van-like interior. Verso's higher than average prices are justified on the grounds that it's so well equipped. Never mind the luxuries it's the vital safety features which make the difference. This is yet another reason why it makes a sensible choice for the family. There are 2.0 petrol and turbodiesel engines; the diesel's power gives a better drive and also offers the more frugal option.

Need To Know

NCAP: Not tested

Best Models: 2.0 D-4D GLS

Worst Models: None


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Toyota Verso (2004-09)
Star Ratings

Handling

3 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

3 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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