2015 Toyota Verso gets trim and engine upgrades

The Toyota Verso gets some upgrades for 2015, with a new trim level and more equipment...

2015 Toyota Verso gets trim and engine upgrades

The Toyota Verso has had a series of upgrades for 2015, with the MPV getting more kit and revised engines.

What is it?

The 2015 upgrades stops short of a full facelift, but brings some notable changes to the Verso range. A new Trend Plus model is added to the lineup, while several other models get more equipment in the form of an upgraded infotainment system.

The engines get a minor tweak as well, but not enough to alter CO2 emissions or fuel economy, while there are more additions to the alloy wheel and colour options.

The Verso continues to be offered in both five-seat and seven-seat versions.

How much equipment does it come with?

The biggest change to the Verso's range is the addition of the Trend Plus, which slots in towards the top of the lineup.

Trend Plus gets all the equipment offered on the Trend trim and adds a rearseat DVD entertainment package. This brings two monitors in the back of the front headrests plus two wireless headsets. This package is also offered as an option on Icon, Trend and Excel versions.

Leather upholstery is also offered in the first and second rows. The equipment it shares with the Trend trim includes 17in alloy wheels, front parking sensors, dual-zone air conditioning, fold-down tables for the rear passengers, seven airbags and tinted rear windows.

The Trend, Trend Plus and Excel versions all come with the latest Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system, too, which brings sat-nav, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, music streaming, and a reversing camera.

What engines does it come with?

The engine offering remains unchanged, although all versions now comply with the latest Euro 6 emissions standards. This does not affect the CO2 emissions or official fuel economy ratings for the three engines offered. The engines in the range are a 1.6-litre petrol with six-speed manual gearbox, a 1.8-litre petrol with CVT automatic ‘box and a 1.6-litre D-4D diesel with six-speed manual gearbox.

How much does it cost?

Pricing for the existing versions of the Toyota Verso remain unchanged as result of these additions, with prices starting at £17,770 for the five-seat 1.6-litre petrol in Active trim and going up to £24,495 for the seven-seat diesel in Excel trim.

The new Trend Plus trim starts at £24,650 for the 1.8-litre petrol while the 1.6-litre diesel is the most expensive version in the Verso range and costs £24,845.

Can I get a discount?

There are decent savings to be had on the existing Verso trims, with discounts ranging from around £1800 to just over £2000. Given the consistency of these discounts, it would not be surprising to see similar discounts on the new Trend Plus.

What are its rivals like?

The Verso is not the highest rated car in its class, scoring just two stars in our full review, with the noise from the engine the biggest bugbear. 

The current class leader in this category is the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, which picked up the category win in the 2015 What Car? Car of the Year Awards. The larger Seat Alhambra is worth considering as a rival to the more expensive versions if space is more important than equipment.