Fresh-faced Verso now in SA

2013-04-22 11:09

Vehicle trend analysts predict that the compact MPV could take off again as young families outgrow their compact hatchbacks and sedans.

Toyota wants to tap a resurgent MPV market with its re-designed 2013 Verso just launched in South Africa  with three derivatives (S, SX and TX) with three engine options (1.6, 1.8 and 2.0) and two transmissions

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The new model, Toyota says, has design cues borrowed from other new models such as the Yaris and Auris with their signature trapezoidal grille, redesigned bumper and amended headlights.

Standard on all models are daytime running lights; TX models get high-intensity discharge headlights. The even higher-specced TX gets a black paint finish to the headlights and a body-coloured spoiler.

TX models have 16” alloy rims, entry-level S models 16” steel with caps.

The rear has a low-level diffuser and redesigned lights and the Verso will be available in a choice of seven colours. The new design improves aerodynamics by 10%.


The range comprises two Valvematic petrol engines,  a 1.6 and a 1.8, and the diesel 2.0 D-4D.

The 97kW 1.6 is matched to a six-speed manual gearbox and has a claimed fuel consumption of 6.8 litres/100km. The 108kW 1.8 is available with a choice of six-speed manual or a constantly variable transmission.

Fuel consumption figures are seven litres/100km (manual) and 7.1 (auto). The 0-100km/h dash is dispatched in 10.4sec by the manual and 11.1 by the CVT.

The turbodiesel engine produces 91kW/310Nm and mated to a six-speed manual. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.5 litres/100km and the car can sprint from 0-100km/h in 10.1sec.


The cabin has new trim detailing and a piano black paint finish. The glove box is finished in soft materials and the door trim, armrests and steering wheel are clad in soft leather. Chromed trim has been applied to the instrumentation, air vents, gear shift and doors. The door handle is finished in a new dual-colour paint.

According to Toyota: “The presentation of instrumentation and switches has been harmonised through more consistent lighting and font sizing.”

Instrumentation is back-lit in white whiled the air-con dials and window switches are illuminated in orange. S and SX models have fabric seats, TX models leather. These flagship units are also equipped with auto locks and push-button ignition.

The seven-seat Verso offers 32 seat position variations with individual seats in the second and third rows and second-row slide adjustment of 195mm.

Load space is listed as 1.5m long and 1.4m wide with the seats folded flat. With them upright, luggage volume is 155 litres and with the third row seats folded 440 litres.


The new Verso carries over the three grade strategy of its predecessor. However, with an enhanced interior and an increase in standard equipment for each grade, Toyota says it now represents better value for money.

Standard on all models are front fog lights and heatable, power-adjustable external mirrors, height adjustable front passenger seat, two-tone 16” alloy rims, cruise control and touch-screen display with a reversing camera.

TX grades have chromed accents, leather trim, dual zone air-con. The higher specced models benefit from a sensor pack which automates wipers and headlights adjustment and dims the rear-view mirror and rear side window sunshades.

Vehicle stability control is standard across the range.

Verso 1.6 S - R261 900
Verso 1.6 SX - R284 300
Verso 1.8 TX - R314 200
Verso 1.8 TX CVT - R326 100
Verso 2.0D TX - R329 900

The Verso is sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty, a five-year or 90 000km service plan and a roadside assistance plan.







  • Maarten Slabbert - 2013-04-22 11:23

    Only Toyota will try sell this crap at these prices.

      Lloyd Macklin - 2013-04-22 13:09

      Maarten, I assume you have driven it?

      Maarten Slabbert - 2013-04-22 14:36

      @Lloyd, I don't need to drive it. It is like every other Toyota on the road. Under Spec'd, Under performing, Over priced. Not to mention, FUGLY! Tell me honestly, does it not remind you of the Opel Meriva from 10 years ago? Made *Exclusively* for those who love to pay more for less. But hey! If you really don't want a modern, affordable, good looking car.... then hey, go get one. I will be the guy driving next to you laughing my ass off. And Lloyd, just keep in mind. Some morning you are going to have to walk out of the house. And you are going to have to stand there, look at that hideous thing parked in your drive way. And say to yourself, Yes, I Paid for that thing.....

      Romeo Delta - 2013-04-22 16:26

      @Maarten BUT Lloyd will always have a reliable car and Ohh boy and when its time for the new one 5 years on he will be laughing his ass off for you that will either loose a bit or loose a lot of money with your affordable good looking car

      Maarten Slabbert - 2013-04-23 07:04

      Ahhh, Romeo, Romeo, Romeo..... Thou art a Toyota dealer, aren't thou? Come on, be honest. We wont hold it against you. Somebody has to try sell them.... I point you to the JD Power index, to dispel the myth about Toyota's reliability.

      Romeo Delta - 2013-04-23 07:54

      @Maarten nope no dealer just someone with brains

      Maarten Slabbert - 2013-04-23 09:06

      A Toyota fan with brains? I find that very hard to swallow. Kind of an Oxymoron? You know, like in Military Intelligence?

      vickers.vermeulen - 2013-04-23 21:14

      Life is to short to drive a boring car

  • Eric Mutamba - 2013-04-22 15:47

    With that price, one can get a new Merc A-Class..

      Romeo Delta - 2013-04-22 16:24

      Size Erix Size

  • James Williams - 2013-04-22 16:54

    I like the Verso, but at these prices I'd first have a look at the new Honda CRV.

  • Nick Rogerson - 2013-04-22 18:35

    If Toyota is your thing rather get the Rav for the same price. Toyota is trying really hard it seems but the Koreans seem to have the edge on design. Anyways at least they are starting to look better, and you always seem to get good resales.

  • Brak Jan - 2013-04-23 10:02

    The writer of the article cleverly leaves the petrol models torque figures out. The 1.6 produces 160nm at 4400rpm. In a MPV body at altitude this translates into frustration. And those consumption figures will never be achieved in real world situations. Toyota's tech is getting very old, we old know that, but why name their 'new' variable valve timing system 'valvematic'? It sound like something from the 1930's The diesel should be ok, I just hope they sorted out the massive turbo lag on that 2L D4D. Entry level models' pricing is good.

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