Toyota Proace (2013–2016)

Last updated 11 August 2017

Hiace replacement gets twin sliding side doors, well equipped as standard including Bluetooth, very refined and comfortable on the motorway, good driving position.
Based on the Citroen Dispatch and has same fiddly stereo and some below par interior plastics.
Updated 2 April 2013
Prices and specification announced

Toyota revealed prices for the ProAce which starts from £22,300 including VAT. There is just one trim level which gets sliding doors on each side, 16-inch alloy wheels with wheel caps, fog lamps, heated...

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Introduction

Replacing the dependable Hiace, the Proace is Toyota's new medium van and if it looks familiar that's because it's a rebadged version of the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert. These are two of the best vans around so it makes sense for Toyota to use its this as the base for its new panel van. Toyota, Peugeot and Citroen have worked together before of course, the result being the Aygo, 107 and C1.

The Proace is a neat looking design and there's a good choice of variants with two heights and lengths plus the option of a crew cab van which seats up to six people. The standard length van offers impressive space with a load capacity of 5m3 and eight anchor points set into the floor.

There are three engine options - a 1.6-litre diesel with 90PS and 180Nm of torque or two versions of the excellent 2.0-litre diesel, one with 128PS and the more powerful with 163PS. The 1.6-litre engine has a five-speed manual while the 2.0-litre engines come with a six-speed gearbox. All engines are Euro V compliant.

There's just one specification level in the Proace and it comes with a high level of equipment. Standard features include twin sliding side doors, front fog lights, heated electric door mirrors, electric windows, Bluetooth, central locking and air conditioning.

The cabin is decent quality, although there are a few let downs like the fiddly stereo and some questionable plastics, but overall it's comfortable and feels well screwed together. Features like the height adjustable driver's seat and a steering column that adjusts for both height and reach mean the driving position is spot on. Another reason to choose the Toyota is the fact it comes with a five-year 100,000 mile pan-European warranty as standard.

List Price from £19,599 +VAT
Buy new from £15,995 +VAT
Contract hire from £191.00 +VAT pm
Lease from £193.00 +VAT pm
 

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