The Toyota Verso-S gives you masses of space, despite being small and easy to park. Running costs are low and it should prove to be very reliable.
It’s not particularly cheap and the seats don’t do anything clever. The engine is pretty weak and the optional CVT gearbox makes it very noisy.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
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.
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.
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.