The Verso is available with 1.6 or 1.8-litre petrol engines, the latter of which is available only with an automatic gearbox. It’s the 1.6-litre diesel that accounts for most sales, though, and performance is adequate but nothing more. The 109bhp engine picks up eagerly enough from low revs, but runs out of puff earlier than many modern diesels, meaning you need to change gear relatively frequently.
Toyota Verso ride & handling
Ease-of-use and comfort are the priority for most MPV buyers, and the Verso fulfils both criteria pretty well. You don't feel particularly involved, but the Toyota is relaxing to drive in town and handles well enough on faster roads, keeping body sway under control. The suspension successfully deals with bigger bumps, although the ride can get quite pattery over poor road surfaces.
Toyota Verso refinement
The Verso is pretty adept at suppressing road and wind noise, but its engines aren’t hushed at all. Both petrols are decidedly boomy when revved, and the diesel is even worse, sounding coarse at lower revs and sending far too much vibration up through the pedals and steering wheel. The majority of rival MPVs have quieter and smoother engines. There’s a fair amount of suspension noise, too.