Toyota Proace: WhatVan’s 2018 Award Winner

The Toyota Proace is a compact van with big potential. All versions are stylish, great to drive, while providing low running costs and our impressive 5 warranty for added peace of mind for those looking to keep costs down.

In a nutshell there are three body sizes and two wheelbase lengths, the Proace can be specified as a van or crew cab, with panel or glazed/semi-glazed size walls. Most versions will carry 1400kg and tow up to 2.5 tonnes, while crew and combi models will seat up to nine.

Engine wise the Proace has two diesel engines a 1.6 or a 2.0-litre - and power outputs are 95PS, 115PS or 122PS. The most popular in the range is the 1.6 unit with 115PS. Not only does it provide lots of torque for hauling heavy loads, but it will officially return 54.3mpg.  

As you’d expect the Proace feels more like a family car than a van, with high levels of refinement and handling improved on from the previous generation. Its responsive steering, comfortable yet quiet ride when unladen makes it extremely agile, especially when driving in city or town centres. It also has a low roof (1950mm) which makes it easy to drive around those tricky multi-storey car parks.

For passengers, the Proace Verso is a compact and flexible MPV aimed predominantly at executive travel companies, taxi drivers and airport shuttle firms. What’s more the Verso comes with a 100,000 mile five year warranty as standard.  

The Verso has three body styles to choose and three trims - Shuttle, Family and VIP. Entry Shuttle models are well-equipped, with nine-seats fitted as standard, along with automatic headlights, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, heated door mirrors and automatic dual-zone - for the front and rear - climate control.

The VIP model, features seven leather heated seats and a rear table. Like the Proace Verso in Family trim, the seats are rail-mounted, which means they can be moved forwards/backs or removed altogether. Compact versions offer the least boot space with the rear seats in place - just 224 litres - but things are more practical with the medium and long bodystyles, which offer a respective 603 and 989 litres. Family-spec versions get a split tailgate, which means you can access the boot without having to lift the large, heavy tailgate.

The front-wheel drive Proace Verso is available with a choice of three powertrains featuring 1.6 and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines. The 1.6 diesel is the most efficient on paper, returning a claimed 54.3mpg 137g/km of CO2 while the 177PS 2.0-litre will provide 47.9mpg and 155g/km, according to the official figures. Most of the engines are linked to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the most powerful version gets a six-speed automatic.

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