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Versatile Verso a value proposition

26.07.2013

WHEN practicality needs to take preference over sportiness, the Toyota Verso is just about the best choice out there. Besides housing the influential Toyota badge, this seven-seater is, well, practical.

An extremely comfortable ride, thanks to the revised suspension, this MPV is spacious and well equipped for anyone who needs to make those school runs or who has a bigger brood than most. While the third row in the seven-seater model is strictly for the horizontally challenged, the easy fold-down seats don’t mean that it can’t become a spacious boot.

On the long haul, the drive is superbly comfortable and although the Verso isn’t sporty by its very nature, the steering is balanced and provides decent feedback, so at least it doesn’t feel like you’re behind the wheel of a tractor.

Our test mule boasted Toyota’s renowned 2.0-litre D-4D turbo-diesel powerplant, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Equipped with 91kW of power and 310Nm of torque, the Verso goes from standstill to 100km/h in 10.1 seconds, but more importantly sips just 5.5 litres/100km of fuel.

Despite its relatively big size, Toyota has done a marvellous job of making the Verso an easy-to- drive vehicle, with silky smooth gear changes and a quality built interior. Throw into the mix loads of safety features and creature comforts and the new Verso offers a good value proposition.

Article written by Stuart Moir
26.07.2013
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