Verso 160 SX
dates : 6th November 2005
12th November 2005
Toyota 1,6 four-cylinder is the same engine as used in the
Corolla 1600 sedan, but re-profiled with slightly more
torque, probably achieved by different intake ducting and
minor electronic tweaks.
The SX model is a fully-specced seven-seater, with the full
Verso range of interior luxury items.
The air-con has anti-pollution filtration, there are heater
and air ducts for the rear seat passengers, the windscreen
has a special sound absorbing construction, and there are
satellite controls on the steering wheel.
All this means it weighs in at not far off the 1400 kilogram
mark, and it has a larger frontal area than the Corolla.
And talking of frontal areas, weíre still not too sure we
like the new Toyotas Corporate bull-nose used on its
But overall, the Verso is a good-looking vehicle with
distinctive rear taillights, prominent front wheel arches,
and an overall classy look.
Unlike the 1,8 litre versions which come with a
semi-automatic option, the Verso 160 is available only in
five-speed manual form.
We have previously praised the Verso chassis for its
car-like ride and grip, with none of the ponderousness or
top-heavy feeling often associated with MPVs.
The width of the car at just over 1,5 metres not only means
plenty of elbow room, but allows a wide track for excellent
The Verso SX also comes with seven airbags and an impressive
list of safety features, adding to its suitability as a momís
These include ABS brakes, electronic brake force
distribution, and stability control. The Verso is a
five-star NCAP vehicle and it certainly feels like it, even
though itís no rocket ship at Reef Altitude.
With not much torque, fuel consumption is very dependent on
how and where you drive it.
The Car Magazine estimated index figure of 12,6
litres-per-hundred kilometers may well apply in day to day
commuting, where the Verso 160 driver will often rev the
engine hard through the gears.
And, talking of gears, Hendrik found he never really got to
grips with the high-mounted lever situated close to the
Open road ability is good once the Verso gets into its
stride, and freeway fuel consumption will drop below the
nine litres per hundred mark at the speed limit.
Performance-wise itíll accelerate to a hundred in under 13
seconds at the coast, but probably take over 15 seconds at
The Reef, where the 17 per cent power drop becomes a real
factor in small-engined large cars.
Overall we found performance adequate for its intended
purpose, and we were impressed with the honesty of this sub
R200 000 package.
Toyota Verso 160SX
Four-cylinder petrol, 1 598 cc
- Power: 81 kW @ 6
- Torque: 150 Nm @
4 800 rpm
Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
- 0-100 km/h: 12,6
- Top speed: 184
- Fuel consumption:
10,2 litres/100 km (estimated)
- Price: R197 700
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