This version of the Toyota Verso 7 seater car is one of the best known Toyota family cars; it is highly spacious with plenty of head and leg room. The front two rows are normal size and ideal for long motorway driving and the children (or adults) will not get uncomfortable as you might otherwise expect. The middle seats are adjustable to make more room in the very back but consequently, this decreases space in the middle. However, the third row seats are generally sufficient size for small children only. Some reviewers have described the seating arrangement as “clever” and “efficient”.
Also with most other cars in its range, there is not a great amount of space in the boot when the seats are up (in the region of 175-180 litres); the back seats are perfect for storing pushchairs and buggies. They can easily be flattened to increase storage, and the middle seats can be put down to further increase the storage capacity can increase to an impressive 600 litres. There are a number of other storage areas including under the boot floor, in the side pockets and under floor bins. Toyota has made the most of the space; there is even a dedicated storage area under the boot for the shelf.
There are wide opening doors at the back making it easier to access the back two rows. Although the farther back the middle seats are, the harder it might be to access the final two seats. The front doors are a size typical for a five door and most passengers should not have a problem getting in and out. The lack of a sliding door on the side means it is perhaps not as easy to access in tight spaces such as car parks. It is a hatchback with lots of room to lift items in and out.
The Toyota Verso 7 seater car has the following dimensions: 4460mm in length, 1790mm in width and is 1620mm high. Parking sensors are available on the Icon and Excel but not the Active. Toyota has also gone to a lot of effort to improve the front design to increase visibility when parking. The Icon and Excel also have rear view cameras.
The Verso is one the top selling people carrier by Toyota and comes in a range of model types. It is available in 1.6, 1.8 or 2.0 litre and in petrol and diesel versions are available (but no hybrid). There are a variety of trims available (Active, Icon and Excel) and each model has slightly different specifications tailored to the driver’s needs – some of these have already been discussed. All models of the Verso come in a choice of automatic or manual transmission and a range of colours.
Tests have demonstrated that the Toyota Verso can achieve up to 57.6mpg (combined), 39.8mpg (urban, diesel). CO2 emissions are 154g/km (combined) and 193g/km (urban).
The Verso has been praised for its high level of safety in its range. All models come with ABS as standard. It also have a range of new technologies including Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assistant (BA), power steering with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+), Traction Control and Hill Start Assistant Control. There are seven airbags in the vehicle including curtain airbags for the back two seats. Finally, it comes with a pedestrian safety system so that the body will crush upon impact and absorb most shock.