The only engine on offer is a 98bhp 1.33-litre petrol. Unfortunately, it’s not very flexible; you frequently have to change down and rev it hard simply to keep up with traffic. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a CVT automatic, which you can override with steering wheel-mounted paddles, is available as an option.
Toyota Verso-S MPV ride & handling
The ride is reasonably settled at town speeds, although the pay-off is a slightly bouncy feel on faster roads and a fair bit of body lean in bends. The steering is disconcertingly vague on the motorway, too, but it's effortless for parking, and does weight up a little bit as you turn in to corners.
Toyota Verso-S MPV refinement
Wind noise builds up around the windscreen pillars at motorway speeds, and the engine drones a bit at 70mph in sixth if you stick with the standard manual gearbox. Specifying the CVT cures this because it keeps the revs lower at a steady cruise, but it also means the car makes a dreadful racket if you so much as breathe on the accelerator.