Toyota Verso prices announced

5 Dec, 2012 3:06pm Damion Smy

The new-look Toyota Verso is now available to order, priced from £17,495

Toyota has announced prices and specs for the facelifted Verso. The Nissan Note rival is available to order now for first deliveried in January, with prices starting from £17,495.

The new-look Verso - which was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September - is offered in the same trim levels as the new Auris, starting with Active, Icon and a range-topping Excel model.

Entry-level Active is the only version to be sold as a five-seater and comes fitted with daytime running lights, air-conditioning, electric front windows, front fog lights and hill-start assist. The seven-seat version starts from £17,995 and comes with Toyota’s Easy Flat folding system.

Icon models get 16-inch alloys, privacy glass, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, cruise control and electrically folding mirrors, as well as dual-zone climate control, all-round electric windows and a reversing camera.

Flagship Excel cars are available from £23,445 and come fitted with automatic bi-xenon headlamps, 17-inch alloys, roof rails and keyless entry and start.

There are three engines to choose from. The company's 125bhp 2.0-litre D-4D diesel is available with all three trim levels and comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. A 130bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine is available with Active and Icon trim leveks, while a 145bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine with a CVT gearbox is offered with Icon and Excel trims.

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Nissan Note Rival??!!! How on earth? The wheelbase of the Toyota is 340mm longer than that of the Nissan, and it is 100mm wider The engine range is, on average, 50bhp more powerful. Besides, it can be a seven-seater. It's like saying the Yaris is the Civic Rival.

It's 'orrible - especially at the back.

The Verso S is the Nissan Note rival but the car described is the Verso which is a much bigger car. Obviously the Auto Express writer was unaware of this tiny fact. Accuracy is not an Auto Express strongpoint.

This inaccurate article doesn't surprise me, because as commented by others, there seems to be a bias towards certain manufacturers by the UK motoring press.

Pictures of this model were available elsewhere on the internet from April, but AE's first story on this car was only a few weeks ago. They were obviously too busy scooping the VW Golf MK8 or 9.......

I wonder if magazines really do test some of these cars? The comments are odd at times. And biased as well. I would rather have a car that starts up and goes than something that looks flash with a chav image and has lots of annoying faults.