Toyota Proace Review 2024

Toyota Proace At A Glance


+Easy to drive and cheap to run, will carry up to three Euro pallets and tow 2.5 tonnes, two electric models available.

-No high roof option, sliding doors feel cheap, entry-level models don't get air con or alarm as standard.

Cheap to run, comfortable to drive and capable of carrying a maximum payload of 1400kg, the Toyota Proace is a compact van with big potential. All versions are stylish and good to drive, while Toyota's low running costs and impressive warranty provide added peace of mind for those looking to keep costs down. 

Built in France, as part of a joint agreement with Citroen and Peugeot, the Toyota Proace is almost identical to the Dispatch and Expert. However, unlike its French counterparts, the Proace was launched with a more comprehensive five-year 100,000 mile warranty. In 2021 Toyota cut its standard warranty to three-years, with the option of up to 10-years' cover if owners choose to have their van serviced at the Toyota dealer network.

Available in 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. 

Accessing the load bay is easy, thanks to the twin side sliding doors which - on medium and long versions - are wide enough for a Euro pallet. Long versions will carry a maximum of three Euro pallets, while a Smart Cargo system increases load length capacity to 1.16 metres. The 250 degree opening rear doors make it easy to access the back of the vehicle, without the doors blocking the road when loading and unloading.

The Proace has two diesel engines  - a 1.6 or a 2.0-litre - and an electric version to choose from. Power outputs are 95PS, 115PS or 122PS for the diesels, while the electric model has 136PS and a choice of two battery sizes.

The sweet spot 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.   

The electric version is ideal if you'll mostly drive in a city centre with a low emissions zone. Toyota says an everage city centre driver will cover 27 miles per day, well within the range of the 50kWh (142 miles) and 75 kWh (205 miles) battery models. 

Behind the wheel the Proace feels more like a family car than a van, with high levels of refinement and handling. The steering is responsive and the ride is quiet and comfortable, even when unladen. The Proace is also extremely nimble, which makes it hassle free to drive in town, while its low roof (1950mm) makes it easy to fit into multi-storey car parks. 

Standard equipment is generally fine, with all models getting DAB radio, cruise control and a full size steel bulkhead. However, air conditioning and a vehicle alarm are not included. The side sliding doors also feel a bit light and flimsy. 

Compared to the Ford Transit Connect and Volkswagen Transporter, the Proace feels lacking in build quality – but hey, that five-year warranty more than makes up for it. As do its impressive carrying capacity, claimed 54.3mpg economy and the fact that you can have it as an EV. As a result it should be an appealing compact van for anyone operating on a tight budget. 

Ask Honest John

Volkswagen Transporter or Mercedes-Benz Vito?

"Which do you think I should be looking to buy, a Mercedes-Benz Vito or Volkswagen Transporter? I will be keeping the vehicle for approx 10 years."
Both the Volkswagen Transporter and Mercedes-Benz Vito are excellent vans. However, if reliability is key, I'd recommend the Toyota Proace. The Proace is easy to drive, practical and backed by a warranty that will last up to 10-years/100,000 miles (so long as you service the van within the Toyota dealer network).
Answered by Dan Powell

Can a diesel van be used for short journeys?

"Can the Toyota Proace diesel van be used for short journeys? I believe it has a DPF."
All modern diesels have a DPF. It needs at least 15-miles (per journey) to complete its regeneration cycle. Anything less increases the risk of the DPF clogging up or failing - which will not be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. If you need a van for lots of short journeys I would recommend buying a petrol version of the Vauxhall Combo. Peugeot Partner or Ford Transit Connect.
Answered by Dan Powell
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