AVENSIS VERSO

A Dynamic New Contender for the MPV Market

Key Points

  • Sleek and stylish addition to Upper Medium MPV market
  • All-new platform provides spacious interior with passenger car driving performance
  • Seven seat capacity with full luggage space
  • Unprecedented levels of Toyota quality and durability
  • Lowest overall height in the MPV sector at 1,675mm
  • Longest interior load area in its class at 2,104mm
  • Maximum luggage area of 2,422 litres with both rows of rear seats removed
  • Turn-by-turn satellite navigation fitted as standard to GLS model
  • The only car in its class to offer rear air conditioning as standard (GLS)
  • Choice of 2.0-litre VVT-i petrol or 2.0-litre D-4D common rail diesel engines
  • 2.0-litre VVT-i available with optional automatic gearbox for £1,000
  • Anti-lock braking with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and Brake Assist fitted as standard
  • Excellent combined fuel consumption of 43.5mpg (2.0-litre D-4D), 32.8mpg (2.0-litre VVT-i)
  • 2.0-litre VVT-i offers class leading performance with 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds and 119mph top speed (where permitted)
  • On sale in the UK from 1 August 2001
  • Priced from £17,795 on the road (GS manual)
  • Double locking and Thatcham Category One alarm/immobiliser fitted as standard
  • Offered with full three year/60,000 mile warranty, three year paintwork and 12 year anti-perforation warranty

The Avensis Verso is a stylish and dynamic new contender in the mainstream, family MPV market. Based on an all-new platform, the Avensis Verso combines the interior space and luggage capacity of a much larger vehicle with the driving, handling and dynamics of a family saloon. Designed to offer versatile and comfortable seating for seven people, Avensis Verso also offers class leading performance and driving enjoyment.

Avensis Verso is an MPV for customers who want spacious interior and good looks; flexible seating and prestige; high performance and low fuel consumption. In short, Avensis Verso is an MPV that drives and feels like an executive passenger car.

Avensis Verso will be on sale from 1 August from £17,795 and will be available as two models, GS and GLS. Standard equipment on the GS features ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, air conditioning, remote alarm with immobiliser and double locking, radio with single CD player and seven seats.

The higher specification GLS model adds 16″ alloy wheels, roof rails, turn-by-turn satellite navigation, rear air conditioning, front fog lamps and leather steering wheel and gear knob.

Advanced Technology

The Avensis Verso benefits from Toyota’s advanced technology and intelligent design engineering. It is light but strong, agile but stable with class leading standards of active and passive safety.

Avensis Verso is available with a choice of two advanced engines – either a 2.0-litre VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) petrol or the latest 2.0-litre, common rail D-4D turbo diesel. Both offer high performance and low fuel consumption.

The 2.0-litre VVT-i petrol engine delivers maximum power of 147bhp at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 192Nm at 4,000rpm. It will take the Avensis Verso to a maximum speed of 119mph (M/T) 112mph (A/T) where permitted and will accelerate the car to 62mph from rest in 11.4 (M/T), 12.1(A/T) seconds.

The diesel-engined Avensis Verso is also class leading and even more economical – at a remarkable 43.5mpg on the combined cycle. The D-4D engine, developing 114bhp (85kW) at 4,000rpm and 250Nm of torque across 1,800rpm to 3,000rpm gives the car a top speed of 112mph and 0-62mph acceleration of 12.5 seconds.

Versatile Seating

The dynamic looks of the Avensis Verso reflect a car that is both people carrier and prestige estate. Avensis Verso has the lowest overall height in the mainstream MPV segment (1,675mm) yet still offers a very spacious interior, thanks to a low floor height and long wheelbase (2,825mm).

Seats in the second row slide and like the third row can be folded, tumbled or removed entirely to create additional load carrying capacity while front seats recline and slide. Second and third row seats can act as tables for family leisure – or to place books and games to help pass those long, dull journeys.

Avensis Verso was designed from the outset to offer enough luggage space for all of its passengers. It has a unique underfloor storage area in the boot, which offers additional space and security, taking luggage capacity to 282 litres with all three rows of seats installed. With second and third row seats removed, Avensis Verso has a huge 2,422 litres of luggage volume available (measured to the roof).

The Verso Sub-Brand

The Avensis Verso is the second Toyota model to receive ‘the Verso treatment’. It joins the Yaris Verso in a new sub-brand, which will be at the forefront of Toyota’s development in Europe.

Yaris Verso has helped redefine the mini-MPV segment, it has introduced the world to the Verso concept – a label which will come to symbolise spacious, versatile, practical and innovative family transport.

As the sub-brand is further developed in time to come, alongside the Previa, Toyota will offer the widest range of MPVs in the market. Niche models designed to attract specific market sectors and customers will be introduced in the future under the Verso label.

Avensis Verso sales are predicted at 1,200 units in 2001 and 2,000 units in its first full sales year 2002.

A Sleek New Shape

The radical new shape of Avensis Verso is designed to lead the market in terms of styling, quality and prestige. The monoform body with long wheelbase and short overhangs creates an instant impression of interior space while the low overall height eliminates the ‘top heavy’ van-based look of many rival MPVs.

Initial impressions are confirmed by the physical dimensions. The Avensis Verso is 4,650mm long and 1,760mm wide – typical for cars in this sector. But at 1,675mm high it is 50mm lower than its main rivals creating that unique blend between MPV and executive passenger car.

A stretched wheelbase of 2,825mm, gives ample space for all three rows of passengers and their luggage. Indeed, Avensis Verso has the longest cabin length (3,205mm) in the class and, with all three rows of seats in position, measures 2,400mm from the front hip point to the back door trim.

The centre seat in the second row still offers ample space, and full safety features, for an adult passenger. Three-point seat belts and headrests are standard equipment. Second row seats slide up to 120mm and recline.

Third row seats, which are the same width as the second row, can also fold, tumble or be removed, once again offering ample space for adult passengers. They also recline for increased comfort and headroom. Seat backs are fitted with tables and cup holders.

Ample Luggage Space

Just as important to most MPV owners as the versatility of the seating is the car’s ability to carry luggage. Many MPVs are compromised by the lack of cargo space when all seven seats are in position.

Start to remove the seats and the spaciousness of Avensis Verso become apparent. With the second and third row of seats removed, luggage capacity is 1,013 litres. If loaded to the roof this becomes a huge 2,422 litres. Loading is easy thanks to a rear deck height just 740mm from the ground.

Pricing and Market Competitor Comparison

Avensis Verso is available as two models with manual and automatic gearbox for the petrol engine and manual gearbox only for the diesel engine variant. Pricing is as follows:

Model – OTR Price

  • GS 2.0-litre VVT-i manual – £17,795
  • GS 2.0-litre VVT-i automatic – £18,795
  • GS 2.0-litre D-4D manual – £18,795
  • GLS 2.0-litre VVT-i manual – £19,795
  • GLS 2.0-litre VVT-i automatic – £20,795
  • GLS 2.0-litre D-4D manual – £20,795

Avensis Verso in the UK

The new Avensis Verso enters the UK market between the lower medium MPVs such as Scenic, Tino and Picasso and the larger Previa, Voyager and Galaxy family. In both pricing and specification it will provide an alternative to the entry level large MPVs from Ford and VW as well as the premium priced upper medium estate cars such as Mondeo, Passat and 406.

The GS grade, likely to be the biggest seller, has an OTR price of £17,795. This includes CD, air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, cargo area cover and front fogs. It costs less than the Honda Stream, Mitsubishi Space Wagon, VW Sharan and Ford Galaxy.

Take into account the specification difference – which means adding things from the option lists of the others to bring them up to the Avensis levels – the new Toyota offers up to an 8% saving, undercutting even the Mondeo, Passat and 406 estates, (see chart on following pages for full details).

The Avensis Verso GLS offers even higher standard specification and even better value for money. The GLS grade adds air conditioning in the rear, 16″ alloys and Toyota’s highly praised satellite navigation system. The OTR price is £19,795 and when price/specification adjusted it offers savings of between 5% and 16% over the Sharan, Galaxy, Mondeo estate and 406 estate.

TOYOTA AVENSIS VERSO 2.0-LITRE VVT-i GS VERSUS COMPETITORS

TOYOTA AVENSIS VERSO 2.0 VVT-i GS

HONDA STREAM 2.0SE

SPORT SS

MITSUBISHI

SPACE WAGON 2.4GDI

EQUIPPE

FORD MONDEO

2.0i

GHIA

VW

SHARAN 2.0S

VW

PASSAT

1.8T 20V SE

VW

PASSAT

2.0 SPORT

PEUGEOT

406

2.0 GTX

FAMILY AC

FORD

GALAXY

LX2.3

MPV

MPV

MPV

Estate

MPV

Estate

Estate

Estate

MPV

Maximum power kW

110

116

108

107

85

110

85

100

107

Maximum power hp

149

159.0

145

145

115

150

115

136

145

Includes in-dash CD

£100

£100

£100

£100

£100

Airbag (driver/passenger)

Central double locking

£20

£20

Air conditioning

Anti-theft protection

£210

£210

£210

£210

Immobiliser

Seating capacity

7

7

7

5

7

5

5

7

7

Electric windows (F: R)

£200

£200

Electric door mirrors

£40

£40

Cargo area cover/rear parcel shelf

£80

£100

Front fog lights

£50

£150

£180

£180

£50

On the road price

£17,795

£17,995

£18,995

£18,195

£18,395

£18,340

£17,575

£17,745

£18,245

Spec adjusted price increase

£0

£100

£280

£0

£800

£180

£280

£310

£700

New on the road price

£17,795

£18,095

£19,275

£18,195

£19,195

£18,520

£17,855

£18,055

£18,945

% diff +/- V Avensis Verso

0

2%

8%

2%

8%

4%

0%

1%

6%

All prices correct as at June 2001

TOYOTA AVENSIS VERSO 2.0-LITRE VVT-i GLS VERSUS COMPETITORS

TOYOTA AVENSIS VERSO

2.0 VVT-i GLS

VW

SHARAN

2.0 SE

FORD MONDEO

2.0i GHIA X

PEUGEOT

406

2.0 EXECUTIVE AC

FORD

GALAXY ZETEC 2.3

MPV

MPV

Estate

Estate

MPV

Maximum power kW

110

85

107

100

107

Maximum power hp

149

115

145

136

145

Includes in-dash CD

£100

£100

Airbag (driver/ passenger)

Central double locking

£20

Air conditioning

Rear air conditioning

£880

£880

£880

£880

Anti-theft protection

£210

Immobiliser

Seating capacity

7

7

5

5

7

Electric windows (F: R)

£200

Electric door mirrors

Cargo area cover/rear parcel shelf

£80

Front fog lights

£45

Leather steering wheel

£40

£40

Satellite Navigation

£1,200

£1,500

£950

16″ Alloy wheels

£450

17″

£20

On the road price

£19,795

£20,235

£20,395

£19,795

£19,745

Spec adjusted price increase

£0

£2,735

£2,380

£1,000

£2,360

New on the road price

£19,795

£22,970

£22,775

£20,795

£22,105

% diff +/- V Avensis Verso

0

16%

15%

5%

12%

All prices correct as at June 2001

TOYOTA AVENSIS VERSO EQUIPMENT LIST

SAFETY

GS

GLS

Driver & front passenger airbags

Passenger airbag detection function

Fuel cut safety system

ISO-FIX child seat fixings

Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors

Anti-lock braking system with EBD and Brake Assist

Vehicle stability control

Speed sensitive power steering

Seven three-point seat-belts with ELR

Seat integrated front seat belt anchorage and support

Seat belt warning system

Upper interior head impact protection

Double wishbone suspension

Torsion beam rear suspension

Child proof locks on rear doors

Rigid high-tensile steel cabin cage

Pipe side impact door bars

INSTRUMENTS & CONTROLS

GS

GLS

Electric headlamp levelling

Four–spoke leather trimmed steering wheel

X

Digital odometer/trip meter

COMFORT & CONVENIENCE

GS

GLS

Speed sensitive power assisted steering (PAS)

Remote fuel flap release

Front and rear electric windows with one touch and anti-trap mechanism

Driver and front passenger vanity mirrors

AUDIO

GS

GLS

Six speaker RDS radio with one-touch tuning and presets

Single CD player

Six disc CD autochanger

Opt

Opt

Turn-by-turn satellite navigation

X

VENTILATION

GS

GLS

Front air conditioning

Air conditioning front and rear

X

Pollen/clean air filter

SECURITY

GS

GLS

Remote alarm with microwave interior protection

Transponder key engine immobiliser

Double locking

Lockable glove box

Vehicle parts marking – major parts traceable to VIN

Security window etching – linked to 24hr helpline

Visible VIN

SEATING, UPHOLSTERY & TRIM

GS

GLS

Dark metallic effect trim

Leather trimmed gear knob and handbrake lever

X

Chrome effect interior door handles

Front seat arm rests

Seven seat capacity

Individual detachable and foldable 2nd and 3rd row seats

Sliding 2nd row rear seats

Reclining 2nd and 3rd row seats

Boot liner

Opt

Opt

Seat storage bag

Opt

Opt

BODY EXTERIOR

GS

GLS

Roof rails

X

Red tone rear lamp cluster

Front fog lamps

Opt

15″ wheels with full hubcaps

X

15″ alloy wheels with locking wheelnuts

Opt

X

16″ alloy wheels with locking wheelnuts

X

Space saver spare wheel

STORAGE

GS

GLS

Driver’s storage compartment

Dashboard storage boxes

Cupholders – front and rear

Bottle holders

Storage boxes for each row of seats

TOYOTA AVENSIS VERSO TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE 2.0

Type

1AZ-FE

Valve Mechanism

16 valve, DOHC, VVT-i, Chain-Drive

Fuel System

Electronic Injection

Displacement (cc)

1998

Bore x Stroke (mm)

86 x 86

Compression ratio

9.8:1

Max. power (kW) bhp/rpm

(110kW) 147 @ 6,000

Max. torque (Nm/rpm)

192 @ 4,000

ENGINE 2.0 D-4D

Type

1CD-FTV

Valve Mechanism

16 valve, DOHC, Chain-Drive

Fuel System

Direct Injection with common rail

Displacement (cc)

1995

Bore x Stroke (mm)

82.2 x 94.0

Compression ratio

18.6:1

Max. power (kW) DIN bhp/rpm

(85kW) 114 @ 4,000

Max. torque (Nm/rpm)

250 Nm @ 1,800-3,000

PERFORMANCE

2.0 M/T

2.0 A/T

2.0D-4D M/T

0-62 mph

11.4

12.1

12.5

Max.Speed (mph)

119

112

112

FUEL ECONOMY AND EMISSIONS

Urban

24.6

23.5

34.9

Extra-Urban

41.5

38.7

50.4

Combined

32.8

31.7

43.5

CO2 (g/km)

202

213

173

WEIGHTS

Kerb weight (kg)

1445-1535

1480-1570

1550-1645

Gross vehicle weight (kg)

2140

2175

2250

Towing capacity (u/braked)

500kg

500kg

500kg

Towing capacity (braked)

1500kg

1500kg

1500kg

GEARBOX RATIOS

1st

3.833

3.943

3.833

2nd

2.045

2.197

2.045

3rd

1.333

1.413

1.333

4th

1.028

1.020

0.972

5th

0.775

0.775

FINAL DRIVE

4.235

3.120

3.684

SUSPENSION

Front

MacPherson strut

Rear

Torsion Beam

BRAKES

Front

275mm Ventilated disc

Rear

291mm Solid disc

STEERING

Type

Rack and pinion

Ratio

16.27

Turns (lock to lock)

3.2

TYRES AND WHEELS

Wheel size (GS)

15″ steel (15″ alloy optional)

Wheel size (GLS)

16″ alloy

DIMENSIONS
Overall length

4650mm

Overall width

1760mm

Overall height (GS)

1675mm

Overall height (GLS) (with roof rails)

1725mm

Load floor length

2104mm

Load floor width (max)

1280mm

Interior headroom-front seats

1048mm

Interior headroom-centre seats

1012mm

Interior headroom-rear seats

911mm

Wheelbase

2825mm

Front track

1505mm

Rear track

1500mm

Front overhang

860mm

Rear overhang

965mm

Coefficient of drag (Cd)

0.30

Fuel tank capacity (L)

60

Minimum turning radius (body)

5.9 metres

LUGGAGE CAPACITY (L)
All seats in position

212

3rd row of seats removed

701

2nd and 3rd row of seats removed

1013

2nd and 3rd row of seats removed – loaded to roof

2422

Additional under floor storage

70

ENDS

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