Toyota Proace: Review

Last Updated: 21st Oct 2016
Toyota Proace: Review

4th February 2016

Toyota have created a superb addition to the van leasingmarket with their Proace panel van. This is a great choice for a business and company van lease, with its strong engines and comfortable refined drive. The Proace, with twin sliding side doors, also comes well equipped as standard, with a few optional extras to increase practicality.

MPG and Engines

There are a variety of strong engines to choose from, and the base model L1H1 and L2H2 vans come with a very decent 1.6-litre engine, powered by a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1.6 litre engine will return roughly 42.2mpg, and gives off 177g/km of CO2. However, you can also choose the 2.0 litre diesel, which can be opted for on all models. The 2 litre engines have a six-speed manual gearbox, and will return different mpg levels depending on which version you go for. The low roof versions get roughly 44.1mpg while the L2H2 models will return approximately 39.8mpg. The only downside with the Proace, is that there isn’t an option for an automatic transmission, which may put off some drivers.

Load Space and Practicality

All models of the Proace come with twin sliding doors, but there are many different body lengths and payloads to choose between. There are 2 body lengths and roof heights available, with payload volumes of 5, 6 and 7 cubic meters. All models of the Proace are available with payloads of 1000kg to 1200kg, and can pull a trailer up to 2000kg. The Proace also comes with some decent equipment as standard, making it a very practical business van. This includes a ladder frame behind the driver’s seat and eight tie-down hooks in the load compartment, which is great for additional security. As well as the standard kit, you get some decent optional equipment, which are definitely worth the extra cost. These include full steel bulkheads (with or without glazing),glazed rear doors and a glazed tailgate.

Safety

When it comes to safety, the Proace has everything covered. Toyota has an electronic stability control system fitted as standard on all models. On top of this, there air airbags for the driver and passenger, which also comes as standard. You also get daytime running lights, ABS brakes and fog lamps. Again, these all come as standard.

Interior

There is only one trim level available for the Proace instead of multiple trims, which makes things much more simple. Luckily it comes generously equipped as standard. You get Bluetooth, manual air-con, heated electric door mirrors, electric windows, and an adjustable steering wheel. If you want more space up front, then we recommend going for the single passenger seat. However, if you need room for passengers and other items, then you’d be better off with the double bench. The Toyota Proace crew van sits up to 6 people.

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