Toyota Proace (2016–)

Last updated 18 June 2019

The Toyota Proace majors on everyday practicality, with a broad range of bodystyles. Buyers can choose between three lengths - compact, medium and long - while load volumes range from 5.1 cubic metres to 6.6 cubic metres. This makes the Proace surprisingly capable for its size, while its maximum towing limit of 2.5 tonnes provides additional flexibility when it comes to moving machinery or materials.

Twin sliding doors are fitted as standard and, while they don't feel particularly sturdy, they make it easy enough to load and unload. Long and medium versions of the Proace benefit from wider side doors, which allow a Euro pallet too be loaded via the side. Even in its smallest form (compact) the Proace will carry two Euro pallets, while the larger versions will take three weighing up to a total of 1400kg.  

All versions built after October 2016 feature Toyota's Smart Cargo system as standard. This installs a handy flap at the bottom of the bulkhead and allows you to use the full length of the vehicle for carrying planks of wood and metal pipes.

Depending on which bodystyle you choose, the load lengths vary from 3.3 metres to 4.0 metres, while the low load sill height makes it easy to load heavy objects. However, with no high roof option available, the maximum load height is restricted to roughly 1.4 metres. 

The cabin of the Proace is modern, comfortable and designed to cater for those who use their van as a mobile office. All get three seats as standard and the middle seat can be folded down to double up as laptop table when parked up. All vans get Bluetooth, which means you can effectively create your own wireless network and work online, without leaving the cab.

Standard equipment levels are generally fine, with cruise control, electric door mirrors, DAB audio and a foldable driver's arm rest.

There is also lots of cubby storage. However, base levels miss out on a few things, with no air conditioning or lumbar support for the driver's seat. The cabin also gets just one 12V power socket as standard, which can make it a bit of power juggling act when you need to simultaneously charge your phone and power a portable sat nav.

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