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We test: Toyota Verso 1.8 147 HP – a convenient mini (PICTURES)

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Toyota Verso is a typical family car. It offers a spacious cabin and good amenities. Despite the considerable sizes, easy car to maneuver in the city.

Toyota Verso Toyota Verso front and rear bumpers are body color.

Photo by Piotr Walczak

The compact minivan called Verso appeared on the market in 2009. Has replaced Toyota Corolla – the world is a bit bigger – and the Avensis Verso. Auto has been built on the floor of Toyota Avensis. In the next year is planned facelift of the car. The current model in 2010, won five stars in the EuroNCAP safety tests, was then regarded as the safest car in the minivan segment.

Auto occurs in five versions, but after buying the optional third-row seats can the seven people to travel. There are two petrol engines: 1.6 Valvematic 132 hp and 147 hp 1.8 Valvematic. Then there are two diesel engines: 2.0 liter D-4D 126 hp and the 2.2 D-CAT in two power versions (150 and 177 hp). Tested to its five-Toyota Verso with a stronger variant of the gas in the middle – of the three offered as standard, as stated below – trim.

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Without extravagance

The interior is decorated – which is not surprising in the Japanese cars – simply, without unnecessary adornment. It did not reign here czern cockpit does not deter severe appearance. There are also tens of buttons and switches that support requires a study guide.

Habits requires location clocks. Were placed middle of the dashboard, in the two tubes. Well, as they are turned towards the driver, which looks at not too much is not burdensome. Clocks are clear – they have large numbers highlighted in orange. The question is whether even this does not, however, a better solution would be a classic location for the speedometer and rev counter steering. Material, which covered the dashboard, it is pleasant to the touch, too bad that not all plastics when used in the cabin are similar quality.

Comfortable seating, lots of storage

The seats are soft, so we wondered if it will not cause discomfort during the long ride. Completely unnecessary. The front legroom and headroom is plentiful. On the back there are three separate seats. Fit three adult passengers, but may reign compression, if only if it will be solidly built men – middle seat is a bit narrower than external. Plus it should be a flat floor.

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The designers hid a lot of storage space in the cabin, which is important in a vehicle designed for the family. The door has been saving up space for small items and a cup. Positioned deep in the armrest compartment. Between the drivers and passenger space are two more cup or small bottles, one is an ashtray, but in a separate container, which can be removed. He can be a little bigger storage space in front of the passenger seat in the front. Guests traveling with so many also were to have two compartments in the floor, pockets behind the front seats and tables aircraft.

The boot has a decent capacity. In its five-test version is a height of 484 liters in the back seats and 743 liters up to the roof line. Can grow up to 1,689 liters if you deposited the second row seats.

Impressions of driving

Toyota Verso test drove both in the city, as well as of several hundred kilometers of the route – there were a highway, a typical Polish roads, full of potholes and bumps. The suspension consists of a McPherson strut front and rear torsion beam. The car is designed to drive in such conditions. Overcome inequality were not felt by the body, but a bit more for the ear – when auto przejezdzalo the bumps, it was well heard. Mute the cab is not the strongest side of this model, with speeds above 120 km / h the engine unpleasant noise. But despite the relatively high body, there we noticed that it was supposed to excessive wychylow trends in the bends, the car is stable at high-speed bows overcome.

The driver has a comfortable position. Sits high, so that forward visibility is excellent. A little less of the view to the rear, the glass does not belong to the largest, and also hide me three head restraints rear seats. Steering lies firmly in hand. We have no objection to work a six-speed manual transmission. Just like the steering, which was tuned so that one can easily feel the car. The route seems the exam.

Although Toyota Verso is no small car, not bad writes into a city. The side mirrors are large, and the minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters kol. The UUT was also equipped with parking sensors and reversing camera, which also can be useful.

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According to the manufacturers fuel consumption is an average of 7 liters per 100 km. Gasoline engine 1.8 Valvematic type handles not bad poltoratonowego driving the car, accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h takes 10.4 seconds., Which is a good result in this class of cars. But to stay ahead smoothly, without having to downshift, keep high speed – between 2500 and 4000 rev. / Min. Up to 2500 rev. / Min. the car just happens, which is not always a reasonable solution is to suggest shift indicators. Lighting in front of the driver strzalka suggesting when you should do this, is to contribute to lower fuel consumption, but according to the indications of higher gear would throw already at 2000 rpm. / Min.

Facilities and rates

Toyota Verso is available in three versions: Luna, Sol and Prestige. Prices starts from the first 73 990 € (the 1.6 Valvematic 132 hp). But now Toyota also offers limited edition car – Verso Sprint – with the same unit, and costing from £ 69 990. Equipment is almost identical to the version of Luna. Differences include the steering wheel, which in Sprints leather, and features a plastic Luna.

Standard equipment is extensive in terms of safety. Its members include systems: Antilock braking ABS, brake force separating the individual wheels EBD, BA emergency braking system, Vehicle Stability Control VSC, TRC traction control, power HAC driveway. Added to this is a set of airbags – front driver and passenger airbags, front side airbags, driver knee airbag, side curtain airbags (in the 7-seater version also for the third row of seats), active head restraints, height adjustable, alloy LED lights, fixing ISOFIX on extreme places in the second row seats. Standard in the car is also fitted radio with CD, MP3 and four speakers, as well as of manual air conditioning.

Tested to auto version Sol. It costs 86 1.8 engine £ 990. Its price to almost £ 95 000 Business conquered additional package for 3000 € (panoramic glass roof, parking sensors front and rear, 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows), metallic paint for £ 2100 and £ 2100 Navigation. In relation to the basic version of Luna reached such front fog lights and dual-zone automatic climate control.

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When it comes to competition, its cheaper, and similar to the Toyota version of the test equipment without Sol optional elements, such as Chevrolet Orlando will be. LT + version 1.8 with 141 hp engine costs £ 77 240. A little more expensive, in turn, will be Peugeot 5008 – the price of the unit version of Active 1.6 THP 156 hp is 92 000 zl.

In summary, the Toyota Verso is not a speed demon and does not provide sports performance. But it has to serve as a comfortable family car. And it meets the job.

* Detailed cab
* Extensive equipment
* Good handling properties
* Suspension designed for driving on Polish roads

* The high price of the tested model
* Malo flexible gasoline engine 1.8
* Low soundproofed cabin

Toyota Verso 1.8 Valvematic – Specifications
Body: five-door, its five-
Engine: petrol, 16-valve DOHC Dual VVT-i, Valvematic, chain drive, multipoint fuel injection, cylinder capacity 1798 cc
Power and torque: 147 hp at 6,000 rev. / Min and 180 Nm at 4000 rpm / min.
Transmission and drive: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h: 10.4 seconds
Maximum speed: 190 km / h
Medium combustion (city / route / average): 9,0 / 5,8 / 7,0 l/100 km
Dimensions (dl. / H. / W. / Separation. Axis): 4440/1620/1790/2780 mm
Own weight (min. / Max.): 1420/1505 kg
Price test cars: 94 190 £

Piotr Walczak

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