The Verso you see before you is a landmark car, as it’s the first Toyota product to feature BMW’s 1.6-litre diesel engine under its bonnet. The result of a technical sharing agreement, where BMW gets electric car know-how and Toyota gains access to BMW’s excellent diesel engines, its installation in the Verso MPV paves the way for many more applications right across the Japanese firm’s model line-up.
- Instruments quirkily positioned but always in your eye-line
- Great all-round vision, thanks to deep windows
- Plenty of space in the middle row
- Lots of room for oddments
- Feels durable and well built
- Spacious boot in five-seat mode
- Refined and quiet engine
- Comfortable and relaxing to pilot.
- Speedometer markings inappropriate for the UK market
- Third row space is tight and boot space tiny with all seats in place
- Performance is leisurely, especially in the mid-range and at higher revs
- Quite expensive, and so more modest trim levels may make better sense
You can read the full report on this Toyota Verso in the July 2014 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue.