The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs. Toyota were able to demonstrate that a simiar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different seating positions. The car scored maximum points in the side barrier impact. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the chest was rated as marginal, based on rib defelections measured by the dummy. Protection of the neck against whiplash injuries in a rear collision was also rated as marginal.
The head of the 3 year dummy moved forward beyond the recommened limit in the frontal impact, potentially allowing contact with parts of the car's interior. However, the dummy was not ejected from the restraint and, in the side impact, both the 3 year and the 18 month dummy were properly contained by their respective seats. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing resrtraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag. A permanent label clearly warns of the dangers of using that seating position for a rearward facing child seat without first disabling the airbag.
The Verso scored well for pedestrian protection. The bumper scored maximum points for protection of pedestrians' legs. The protection provided by the bonnet was good in most areas likely to be struck by an adult or a child. However, the car scored no points for the protection offered by the front edge of the bonnet.
Eletronic stability control is standard equipment on all variants of the Verso. A seatbelt reminder system is also standard, covering the front and rear seats.