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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Toyota Verso

Overall verdict
A household appliance of a car, but easy to live with and well priced.


Solid, reliable, flexible, now better to drive


More space required, still not quite a match for a Ford C-Max


What is it?

Toyota seems to be on a bit of a style crusade at the moment: the latest car to benefit is the fiendishly dreary Verso compact MPV. New for 2013 was a more distinctive front end, more cohesive interior, revised engines and other detail changes to make it, hopefully, a bit more memorable than the old one.

All but the base 1.6 Active now get seven-seat capability and Toyota has upped the equipment levels on all versions, but without raising prices. In all, the firm says it has made more than 300 changes to help lift the Verso: question is, have they turned an utterly forgettable people carrier into one you’ll now consider alongside the fine Ford C-Max, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer and Renault Scenic?

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.8 V-matic Design Leather 5dr M-Drive S
11.1s 150g/km 43.5 147 £26,695
The cheapest
1.8 V-matic Icon TSS 5dr M-Drive S
11.1s 153g/km 42.8 147 £23,515
The greenest
1.6 D-4D Design Leather 5dr
12.7s 119g/km 62.0 110 £26,680
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