Toyota Verso tyres

Many car manufacturers have used the tactic of adding a more spacious body and a third row of seats to their hatchbacks. Toyota’s Verso was no exception to this, originally bearing the name ‘Corolla Verso’ in reflection of the model on which it was built. These MPV options are now so popular that they are often marketed in their own right, hence the switch to plain ‘Verso’.

In many ways the Verso does what it says on the tin. It is a very practical family car, with lots of space. Its only real drawback is the lack of boot space when the rear-most seats are up. In fairness, though, that’s a problem common to all similar MPVs. It is solid and unspectacular rather than stylish or ground-breaking, but it is built with an emphasis on safety and its reliability can be taken for granted. That’ll be all that many car buyers need, although in this market sector there are plenty of rivals. Ultimately the Verso is similar to the Zafira, S-Max, Alhambra, Scenic or Picasso: spacious family motoring in a reliable and economical package.

Safety is the critical feature of the Verso, which goes hand-in-hand with its family-friendly design. An emphasis on this quality will extend to replacement tyre choice for Verso drivers. The safest tyres are those which offer the highest levels of grip and you can find them by looking at the wet grip ratings of different tyre options. A good rating for wet grip translates into increased safety in several ways, rather than just in wet conditions. A tyre with good wet grip will offer increased roadholding and response on dry roads as well as wet ones, while braking distances become shorter on all road surfaces. Additionally, the risks of aquaplaning or skidding on wet roads are much reduced.

For drivers of family cars, therefore, wet grip ratings grip should be the most important aspect in tyre choice. For the Verso, which is a particularly efficient car, fuel economy ratings will be a secondary concern. This rings particularly true in the context of not many of them being expected to cover high annual mileages.

A final, but much less pressing, concern is the issue of each tyre’s noise emissions. Noise was an issue with early Verso models featuring diesel engines, although this problem was addressed by the fitting of extra noise insulation on models from 2013 onwards. Even a silent tyre cannot reduce this clattery engine drone, but a particularly noisy tyre would certainly make the problem worse.

Most Verso models have rolled off Toyota’s production line fitted with Bridgestone Turanza tyres. These feature excellent wet grip ratings and are designed for comfort and durability as well as safety. This combination and their original equipment status mean that these tyres are etyres’ best-selling range for the Verso. Just behind them in popularity is Bridgestone’s Ecopia range, built with an emphasis on fuel economy as well as safety. Naturally both of these tyre types will suit most Verso drivers well.

Dunlop’s SP Sport tyres are another range which is factory-fitted to the Verso. They were initially a very popular choice of replacement tyre with etyres customers. This demand was interrupted by a problem with supply to not only independent tyre fitting companies like etyres but also Toyota dealers themselves. The issue took several months to resolve, a period in which Toyo’s Proxes range proved an able substitute. Other options to consider include Goodyear’s EfficientGrip range, Michelin’s Primacy range and various Nexen tyres.