The 2011 Toyota Verso-S made its official debut today at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, marking the return of the Japanese brand to the mini-MPV (B-MPV). The new car showcases efficient space management. Although it measures less than 4 meters, with the use of clever packaging delivers remarkable room for both those on board and their luggage.
As expected, it has fuel-efficient engines such as the Toyota Optimal Drive 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, this engine delivers 98 bhp at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 126Nm at 4,000rpm.
It delivers a class-leading combined cycle fuel economy of 51.4mpg (UK), with 127g/km CO2 emissions. The car can also be equipped with a Multidrive S continuously variable transmission, featuring a manual override seven-speed sequential mode which the driver can operate using paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel.
The model equipped with the continuously variable transmission delivers 54.3mpg (UK) combined cycle fuel consumption and 120g/km CO2 emissions. Inside, the car features a new 6.1-inch, full colour Touch Screen Multimedia Interface.
This new touchscreen gives access to controls for the radio, CD/MP3 player and Bluetooth. Furthermore, it comes with a USB port for connecting portable music players as well as a rear parking camera.
Regarding safety, the 2011 Verso-S comes seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
The 2011 Toyota Verso – S is a neat and compact urban car. It has a short front and rear overhang, making parking in tight places easier. With a smart aerodynamic exterior, the body is well defined. There is a wide front grille that’s set against contoured headlamps that dominate the front of the vehicle.
There is a large lower air intake with raised fog lamps which integrate with the front bumper, making the vehicle appear broad. Another advantage is that it improves handling. There is a feeling of interior space thanks to the side glazed black out pillars and wide frameless panoramic sunroof.
Body lines are smooth and uninterrupted and the interior feels light and airy. The panoramic sunroof is one of the largest sunroofs available, opening from directly behind the windscreen. It gives the impression of extra space even though the vehicle is compact.
Measuring 1,260mm long by 820mm wide, it compensates for the smaller dimensions. The entire glass is UV-cut to prevent temperatures building up in the cabin by filtering ultraviolet rays. There is also a power-operated full length roller blind that offers further protection against the sun.
The car has a low centre of gravity due to its large width and extended rear wings. At the rear, the top hinged tailgate sits next to vertically placed combination lamps which are framed by the rear sculpted bumper. With all these qualities, the car is likely to appeal to urban drivers.