Toyota Proace (2013–2016)
The Proace is very quiet and refined making it ideal for long distance work.
The driver's seat is height adjustable and the steering adjusts for height and reach, so finding a comfortable driving position is easy.
High standard specification includes air con, electric windows and twin sliding doors. This should also mean strong residual values and make the Proace easy to sell second hand.
A lack of storage in the cabin is not helped by shallow door pockets and only one square cubby hole in the dash. There are few places to put things like phones or PDAs.
The rear door hinges seem flimsy compared to some of the competition and aren't the easiest to use when you want to open the doors to 180 degrees.
The interior is identical to the Dispatch and Expert which means some fiddly stereo buttons and some flimsy feeling buttons such as the door mirrors switch.
11-8-2017: Lot of problems reported with 2014 Toyota ProAce 2.0 D-4D van bought on February 2016 at 16,290 miles. Had first service 10 months previously at 16,000 miles and had than sat around before sale. On two occasions the particulate filter warning light has come on and owner followed the procedure stated in the handbook which cleared the problem, but had to travel much further, 180 miles on the second occasion. Recently, the filter warning light came on again but the van quickly went into 'limp home mode' which meant a forced regeneration at the Toyota dealer, at a cost of £340. Owner is a builder and most of his journeys are very short and mainly around town with the occasional longer trip.