Toyota Verso (2013 – 2018) Review

Toyota Verso (2013 – 2018) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Toyota Verso is the seven-seat MPV you may have forgotten about. A forgettable name, anonymous styling and an unfashionable body are three things working against the Verso.

+Solid build quality and a five-year warranty, spacious cabin with flexible seating for seven, BMW 1.6 D-4D engine from 2014, good reliability record.

-Cramped in the third row, small boot with all seven seats in use, anonymous styling and dull cabin.

Insurance Groups are between 13–17
On average it achieves 89% of the official MPG figure

On the plus side, the Verso offers a spacious cabin, flexible seating for seven, low running costs and Toyota’s excellent reputation for reliability. Launched in 2013, the Verso is a rival to the likes of Volkswagen Touran, Ford Grand C-MAX and Renault Grand Scenic. Production continued until 2018, but it’s possible to grab a great deal on a used Verso. Prices start from around £5000.

The MPV is going the same way as the dinosaurs. Soon it will be extinct, but Hollywood is unlikely to make a film about the family-friendly vehicle. MPV: gone and almost forgotten. Not even Jeff Goldblum can save it.

Take the Toyota Verso. Launched in 2013, but essentially a heavily reworked version of its predecessor, the car has been put out to pasture. Gone the same way as the Seat Alhambra, Renault Grand Scenic and Ford Grand C-Max. MPV sales have declined to such an extent that some big names have fallen by the wayside.

The Verso wasn’t a big name, but it was one of the better seven-seat MPVs. In common with many cars of this type, space in the third row is a little tight, but if you’re after a spacious five-seater with a pair of occasional seats in the back, the Toyota Verso is hard to ignore. It’s also highly versatile, with Toyota’s ‘Easy Flat’ seating system providing 32 different ways to configure the seats.

Although the Toyota badge suggests the car is Japanese, the Verso is a thoroughly European affair. Designed in Belgium and France, built in Turkey and, in the case of the BMW-sourced 1.6-litre D-4D diesel engine, powered by Germany.

It’s no surprise that it feels very European in its execution, right down to the driving experience, which feels like you’re at the wheel of a family hatchback.

Sure, it’s not exactly dripping in excitement – the Ford S-Max remains the default choice if you’re after strong dynamics – but the Toyota Verso is comfortable, refined and surprisingly good on a country road. The engines are tuned for efficiency rather than performance, but only the 1.6-litre petrol feels off the pace.

Inside, the cabin is sombre but well screwed together, with Toyota focusing on the use of hard-wearing materials rather than soft-touch plastics.

Avoid the entry-level versions and you get a generous level of equipment, including an impressive list of safety equipment. It just lacks the smartphone connectivity we take for granted in 2020, so although the infotainment system is adequate, you won’t find Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

It’s one of the least exciting cars you can buy, but this is arguably one of its strengths. Everything has been designed with family buyers in mind, from the ride comfort to the flexible seating, and the space to the equipment. It might lack the style and presence of an SUV, but not everybody wants to stand out.

The Toyota Verso was discontinued in 2018, so there’s never been a better time to grab a used car bargain. Prices start from around £5000, but even the newest Verso should cost no more than £18,000. That’s the same price as a new Ford Fiesta.

Throw into the mix Toyota’s reputation for reliability and a comprehensive five-year warranty, and this could be one of the most sensible cars you can buy. There are plenty of other ways to add some excitement to your life.

Looking for a second opinion? Read a Toyota Verso review on heycar

Ask Honest John

I am 80 years of age - should I change car or stick with what I have?

"I'll be 80 in a few weeks and I have had my Toyota Verso for 12 years - it has covered 82,000 faultless miles. We have family living 150 miles away and we do fortnightly trips to visit them. With other local trips we cover around 10,000 miles per year. Do I just press on with it until either I or the car expires? Would I be able to lease at my current age? I would need something about the same size as the Verso to transport myself, my wife, our dog and luggage. For some strange reason we seem to fill the Verso on each return trip."
82,000 miles is a modest mileage for a 12 year old car, and if it still suits your needs and is reliable then we would see no reason to change. It is likely to be more expensive to switch to a newer vehicle whether it is leased or purchased.
Answered by David Ross

What is the most economical 7 seater for £5k?

"What is the most economical 7 seater auto petrol to run on fuel with budget of £5000?"
By their very nature, most older seven-seat petrol automatics are going to be pretty thirsty - and potentially unreliable, for that matter. If you can find one within budget, a Toyota Verso would probably be your best choice. Our readers see 41.1mpg on average from the 1.8-litre petrol engine:
Answered by Andrew Brady

My winter tyres have cracked after 15,000 miles, is this normal?

"I replaced all the tyres on my Toyota Verso in 2019 with Michelin Cross Climates, now after 15,000 miles cracking has appeared on the front two. Is this normal and if so what would you recommend as replacements?"
We would expect a tyre to last more than 15,000 miles without cracking, however it is worth bearing in mind that these tyres will be five years old this year. 3,000 miles a year is a particularly low mileage, which would suggest that the car has been parked up for long periods of time, which in some respects can be more damaging to tyres than regular use. Extremes of temperature and UV damage can age tyres prematurely, which may have contributed to these tyres become damaged so soon. If you want to use a winter tyre in the colder months, you may wish to consider purchasing a set of cheaper steel wheels and fitting winter tyres to those, and having a set of summer tyres on your original wheels. This way your unused set can be safely stored away from heat and light, which will ensure you get the best wear out of them.
Answered by David Ross

How do you remove windscreen blemishes?

"My eight year old Toyota Verso has developed thousands of spots on the windscreen which can only be seen when facing the sun. It badly affects visibility. I have tried various screen cleaners plus meths to no avail. Is it a faulty screen (expensive replacement) or as I’ve seen on online sites water-spots. If so what causes them rain or local water hardness and the best removal method advice please? "
If you have tried numerous cleaning products and more aggressive substances but have failed to remove the marks, it would suggest that the windscreen is damaged, although you may wish to consider trying a professional valeter who may be able to offer an alternative solution. If this is unsuccessful then unfortunately replacing the windscreen may be the only option, although your insurance company may offer windscreen cover which may reduce the cost.
Answered by David Ross
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