Toyota Corolla Verso (2004–2009)
- May 2004: New Corolla Verso launched
- November 2005: Engine details
- May 2006
- July 2007: Re-named just Verso
- July 2008
New Corolla Verso launched
All new European built seven-seater Verso with Toyota corporate front aka Avensis and seven seats the rear five of which fold into the floor. Launch date 2-3-2004 at Geneva Motor Show. Features Toyota Easy Flat-7TM, the world’s first full flat-folding system for all five rear seats.
On the road prices from £14,495. Three trim levels: T2 ,T3 and T Spirit. First MPV with 9 standard airbags, including driver’s kneebag. New Cornering Assist plus Rear Park Assist Monitor (TV cameras) for increased safety at low speeds included in optional DVD full map navigation system on T Spirit, priced £2,300.
DVD-based turn-by-turn satellite navigation system available as an option, priced £1,350. Three engine options: 1.6 (T2 grade only) and 1.8 VVT-i petrol and 2.0 D-4D common rail diesel. Best-in-class insurance ratings, from 5E for 1.6 T2.
New Multi-mode Manual Transmission provides automatic and sequential operation in one system. All have ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution; Vehicle Stability Control; Traction Control and Brake Assist standard on T3 and T Spirit grades.
Both nav systems provide Electronic Traffic Avoidance (ETA), allowing automatic re-routing if congestion or delays are detected on a pre-programmed journey. Built on a totally new platform, the Corolla Verso benefits from improved suspension that gives the car good stability and ride, whether there is one person on board or seven.
1.8-litre VVT-i is also available with a new five-speed Multi-mode Manual Transmission (MMT) that provides a combination of automatic and sequential shifting. Economy improved when car driven in automatic mode compared to the standard manual transmission. MMT much lighter and more compact than conventional automatic.
Thanks to the Toyota Easy Flat-7TM system, the new Corolla Verso was the only MPV in the world in which all five rear seats can be folded flat into the vehicle floor. What’s more, the folding system is the simplest to operate of all MPVs on the market: it takes just a single operation to fold down each rear seat.
Entry level model is the 1.6 T2, the only version to be offered in the UK with the 109bhp 1.6-litre VVT-i engine. The 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol and 2.0-litre D-4D diesel models are available in T2, T3 and T Spirit grades, the 1.8 cars additionally offered with the option of Toyota’s new Multi-mode Manual Transmission. Full Five Star NCAP crash safety rating.
134bhp 2.2 diesel engine replaces 114bhp unit and Piezo injected 175bhp D-CAT 180 tops range. Both with new 6-speed manual box.
134bhp D-4D 140 does 0-60 in 9.1 seconds. A maximum 310Nm of torque is delivered at 2,000rpm. Price of T2 £16,100.
175bhp D-4D 180 does 0-60mph acceleration in 8.5 seconds, top speed of 128mph, 42.8mpg combined. Price of T-Spirit £20,900.
Verso TR enhanced spec T3 model launched . Has CD multi-changer, rear privacy glass, Bluetooth connectivity, 16-inch alloy wheels and metallic paint as standard. Choice of 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol manual or MMT or 2.2-litre D-4D 140 6-speed manual. From £16,745.
Re-named just Verso
New Verso SR with rear privacy glass, roof spoiler, rear parking sensors and 16-inch alloy wheels from July 2007. Refreshed styling with new front-end treatment and revised front and rear lights. Dual-zone climate control standard on T3 models. New full-map satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity option for T Spirit and T180.
The SR model represents a £950 value saving when compared to equivalent T3 models. 1.8 VVT-i petrol and 2.2 D-4D 140 diesel engines are available, with the option of MultiMode transmission with the petrol unit. Prices for the SR start at £16,995.
Higher specification for Verso SR. Front and rear parking sensors with dashboard proximity display. New-design five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels. In-dash six-CD changer. New modular in-car DVD system option. Verso T Spirit gains dark-tinted rear privacy glass as standard.