Hot Car Deal – £4,341 discount on Toyota VersoSave 18% on this practical seven-seat MPV

18 March 2014

IMPORTANT: Read the information at the bottom of this page before going ahead with any car purchase.

The Toyota Verso is a sensible compact seven-seater MPV. Throw in discounts of up to 18% and this car makes even more sense – especially considering its long list of standard equipment.

The second generation Toyota Verso is a solid and versatile people carrier, which manages to squeeze seven seats into a relatively short footprint. Although there’s plenty of room for five passengers in the Verso, the rearmost seats are only really suitable for small children. But if you think of the Verso as a five-seater with a large boot and two occasional seats, makes a sound buy.

The Verso has a sturdy interior, and it’s both safe and comfortable to drive. Toyota also has a reputation for sound reliability.  

Try Which? for £1 to read our full review of the Toyota Verso and see how it fares in the latest Which? Car Survey


Please enable JavaScript to access this content.

Video transcript

My local minicab firm uses Toyota Versos, and there are several very good reasons for that. Firstly, it packs seven seats into a relatively small space. Second it's easy to drive. And thirdly, like most Toyotas, it's reliable. But with so many rival MPV's available, is that enough? Click the link below to sign up to Which and read our full Toyota Verso review including lab test data for performance, fuel economy, and more.

The 2013 thirteen update sees pointier front end styling that brings the Verso into line with rest of the range. Prices at around £18,000 but you can pick up a used Verso for less than £6000. There's a choice of two petrol engines or the two litre diesel which I'm driving today.

Despite a modest 122 brake horsepower power. It hauls the Versa along quite well. There's plenty of low down torque for towing, and it's pretty refined too. This particular taxi is certainly a lot easier on the ears than a London black cab. Unlike some Toyotas, you can't have a Verso with hybrid petrol/electric power.

For that, you will need the bigger, more expensive Prius + MPV. Click the link below to watch our Prius + video. Only the 1.8 petrol Verso is available with an automatic gearbox. The diesel has this six speed manual here which is mounted usefully high on the dash board. Officially fuel consumption is 57.6 MPG, while CO2 emissions of 129 grams per kilometre put the Verso diesel in the same car tax band as most of its rivals at the time of filming that means a bill of £105 per year.

As I mentioned before this is an easy car to drive with lights steering and a comfortable ride. A Ford C-Max is more fun from behind the wheel but the Verso has got plenty of cornering grip plus the full compliment of safety systems in case the worst happens. The Verso isn't the biggest 7 seat MPV available.

It's a size smaller than the Ford Galaxy or Alhambra for example, but it makes good use of the space available. There are three adult size seats in the second row. and they can all slide, recline or fold forward individually. However, the third row is strictly for kids only and luggage space is very limited.

with the seats in place. With all the seats folded flat we measured 940 liters of space up to the window line. That's on part with the largest state car Actually I took a matress to the Tip yesterday in this and it didn't even flinch. Rear seat passengers will appreciate this panoramic sun roof and it's expensive at £550 and you're better off with a cheaper portable Satnav than the £650 Toyota system here.

The Verso isn't a car you'll fall in love with but it isn't one you'll regret buying either. Few cars tick so too many boxes and four years into it's life it remains a very pragmatic choice whether you're a mum or a mini cab driver. That said the Verso though isn't our highest rated MPV, visit the 'Which Car?' website, to find out what is.

Save 16% on top choice Toyota Verso 2.0 D-4D Icon

Our favourite Verso is the 2.0 D-4D Icon, as it provides a good blend of economy and performance – plus lots of standard equipment. Thanks to a discount of £3,513 this model is available for just £17,877. This 2.0-litre model returns a claimed fuel economy figure of 57.6mpg and the car can accelerate to 62mpg in a reasonable 11.3 seconds.

Icon trim includes a reverse parking camera, digital radio, dual zone air conditioning, cruise control and seat-back tables for the middle row. Also standard is Bluetooth for connecting your phone to the car, along with a touchscreen multimedia system.

Toyota Verso 1.6 V-Matic Active for just £15,187

If you don’t cover many miles, the petrol 1.6 V-Matic Active could be yours for just £15,187 – saving you 16% on the list price. Economy and performance for this petrol model are reasonable with a claimed 42.8mpg and 0-62mph time of 11.7 seconds.

Standard equipment includes fog lights, air conditioning, a height adjustable driver’s seat and audio controls on the steering wheel. With a USB and auxiliary audio connection, you can also play music from your phone or MP3 player through the car's speakers.

Save £4,344 on brand new Toyota Verso 1.6 D-4D Excel

Following an 18% discount the Verso 1.6 D-4D Excel is available for £19,599. This model officially returns 62.0mpg so fuel bills should be low, and it can accelerate to 62mph in a reasonable 12.7 seconds.

Excel trim is packed with equipment, including 17-inch graphite colour alloy wheels, powerful xenon headlights, automatic lights and wipers, plus part leather seats and rear window sunshades.

Hot Car Deals:

Hot Car Deal hunters please note:

  • The car brokers and deals featured are not vetted, endorsed or recommended by Which?. Always check the specifics of the deal so you know exactly what you are getting and who is supplying the car. Make sure all aspects of the deal are confirmed in writing before committing to buy.
  • Not all brokers deal in UK sourced vehicles, and this may have an impact on standard equipment and warranty levels.
  • The term ‘pre-reg’ or ‘pre-registered’ refers to vehicles that are brand new but already registered with the DVLA. This means that you will appear as the second owner on the V5 registration document. 
  • Beware of unscrupulous brokers who tell you they will have to retain the V5 registration document for a period of time after your purchase of the car. Vehicles sold this way may be cheap, but there are legal implications, including the risk that you the buyer could be committing a criminal offence when you drive the car, so they should be avoided.