The seven seat Toyota Verso has undergone a comprehensive upgrade the exterior principal changes are at the front where the Toyota’s new design language has been adopted to project a family look that gives the car a strong visual link to the new Auris and Auris Touring Sports. The larger lower grille has a gloss black finish and twin chrome strips, and is flanked by fog lights with chrome surrounds. There is also a full-width, body coloured lip spoiler that also serves to emphasise the vehicle’s width. The headlamp units are narrower and incorporate new LED daytime running lights.
On some versions, High-Intensity Discharge headlights are fitted.
Changes to the Verso’s interior include extensive new trim details and a new satin black paint finish that is softer to the touch. Soft-touch material has also been introduced for the upper glovebox and, on some versions, Nappa leather is used around the steering wheel, door trims and armrest.
When all the rear seats are folded the new Verso has a flat load floor that is 1,575mm and 1,430 mm wide. With all seats in place the luggage volume is 155 litres when the third row is folded, the figure rises to 440 litres. There is plenty of storage around the cabin, including a twin-compartment glovebox that has a cooled upper section large enough to carry a 1.5-itre bottle, and an 8.2-litre lower section.
The Toyota Verso’s 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine has been revised for better torque delivery at low revs and quieter running. At the same the engine’s CO2 emissions have been reduced by 10g/km to fall below 130g/km.
By Geraldine Ashton Green
Mon, 01 Oct 2012