TOYOTA is marketing the five door Verso-S as small, spacious and smart and with its stylish and snazzy exterior, this description is spot on.
From the outside, the Verso-S looks quite dinky but sit yourself down in the driver’s seat and you get a different perspective.
Perhaps the first thing you notice when you sit into the cabin is how high up the seats are and this gives the entire vehicle a more spacious feel.
The front seats are height adjustable and the back seats are surprisingly spacious as well.
However, for some reason Toyota didn’t take the height of the seats into account with the hand brake, with the result that it feels very low down in the car.
The 1.33l petrol version of the car I was driving also offered a plethora of tech options, including an excellent reversing camera, Bluetooth, air conditioning and touch screen radio/CD.
Visibility from the car is also excellent and the mono wiper on the windscreen is a nice quirky touch.
With a car of this size you wouldn’t expect a very large boot and the boot in this car is quite small, you could perhaps fit in two small suitcases, but in saying that it’s a deep rather than a wide space and I managed to fit in a week’s grocery shop.
Back seats, of course, can be folded to give you more luggage space and there are also some
ingenious cubbie storage spaces.
Driving-wise, the height this car offers is brilliant and the petrol engine in this six speed manual transmission car is very quiet, although I did find myself going into higher gears at quite low speeds.
Overall, I found the Verso-S to be a stylish looking city car which can hold its own on the open road.
The Toyota Verso-S is available in three grades, Terra, Luna and Sol with prices starting from €16,995. The Luna I was driving cost from €19,995.
Engine: 1.33 dual VVT-i
Acceleration: 0-100kph in 13.3s
Combined fuel consumption: 5.5l/100km
CO2 emissions: 127g/km
Annual road tax: €156 (Band B)
A version of this article first appeared in Metro Herald