Review: Toyota Verso S (2011 – 2013)


Upright seats. Practical interior. Touch screen system with reversing camera and £500 optional sat nav.

Not cheap, but even TR is well equipped and has reversing camera. Sales poor so model dropped in 2013.

Toyota Verso S (2011 – 2013): At A Glance

Toyota Verso S mini MPV launched Paris Motor Show 30-9-2010 to fill the gap left by the Toyota Yaris Verso and the Toyota Ractis that never arrived in Europe.

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Toyota Verso S (2011 – 2013): What's It Like Inside?

Length 3990 mm
Width 1695 mm
Height 1595 mm
Wheelbase 2550 mm

Full specifications

You get five upright fully belted seats, 60/40 split rear seats that fold with one touch, a lipless rear sill unless you drop the boot floor to give 393 litres of loadspace (336 litres without), an optional CVT-7 automatic transmission and, for the auto, £30 tax.

The T-Spirit has even more total bootspace because, instead of a space saver spare, it has a tyrefix kit, and that releases a total of 429 litres.

They all have height-adjustable front seats, multi adjustable steering wheels and, uniquely, a touch screen Bluetooth, information and entertainment system that doubles up as the screen for a reversing camera and, from May 2011, can be enhanced for £500 to become full scale satnav.

That should be a worthwhile upgrade because, like Audi’s latest systems, it can be used to access Google Local Search when paired up with a compatible smartphone.

Child seats that fit a Toyota Verso S (2011 – 2013)

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What's the Toyota Verso S (2011 – 2013) like to drive?

To drive, it’s okay given the competition it faces. Ride quality and comfort have obviously been prioritised over pinpoint steering and high speed handling. So don’t expect to see any ‘empty nesters’ taking their Verso S on track days.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.33 VVT-i 51 mpg 13.3 s 127 g/km
1.33 VVT-i automatic 54 mpg 13.7 s 120 g/km

Real MPG average for a Toyota Verso S (2011 – 2013)

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Average performance


Real MPG

35–53 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Toyota Verso S (2011 – 2013)?

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Recommend a small MPV for a shorter driver with good economy?

My wife and I are both age 74. I have a terminal illness which means I may not be able to drive again. The likelihood is that I will dispose of my 2006 Ford C-Max and we will replace my wife's 2004 Ford Fiesta 1.4 Ghia (which she has had from new) with a more comfortable, but probably used, car that suits my wife, who is short, and me as a tall passenger. We have owned Fords for many years but will appreciate your suggestions, please, on which cars to consider. You have, I believe, recommended in the past the 1.25 Fiesta as providing a good and economical drive but, which other 5-door hatchbacks would you recommend? My wife drives only about 5000 miles per year, often short journeys.
The Toyota Yaris was always good for smaller people. I had a 4-foot 11-inch wife who was very happy with her Yaris-based Vios. You could also look at the Verso S, which is a small Yaris-based MPV that 'Which' subscribers nominated to be the most reliable MPV. Otherwise, Ford B-Max, Hyundai ix20, KIA Venga, or the smaller Suzuki Splash and Vauxhall Agila.
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