Toyota continues to expand their range with the all new third generation of its compact MPV. It is more spacious and versatile with particular attention paid to comfort and driving dynamics. The new Toyota Verso scores highly on safety features, including curtain airbags for passengers in the rearmost seats. Toyota expects the car to achieve a five-star rating when it is crash-tested by Euro NCAP. All of the seats are now easier to fold and the luggage space is claimed to be increased, while underfloor storage areas are useful for hiding valuables.
Toyota will introduce two engines initially, a new, 1.8-litre petrol developing 145bhp and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 124bhp. Six-speed manual transmissions are standard, with the option of a Multidrive S CVT transmission with the petrol engine.
A 2.2 diesel with 148bhp arrives later, and will only be offered with a new, six-speed automatic transmission. In this form the Toyota Verso has a 0-62mph time of just over 10 seconds and has official combined economy and CO2 emissions of 41.5mpg and 178g/km. Drivers who want to look after the gear changes themselves can do so using paddleshifts on the steering wheel, and the transmission also has a Sport mode.