£26,050 - £44,195 Price range
7 - 9 Seats
47 - 54 MPG
The nine-seat Toyota Proace Verso is perfect if your close family members outnumber the seven seats offered by most car-based MPVs. It’s essentially a re-badged version of the Peugeot Traveller and Citroen SpaceTourer, and rivals the Hyundai i800 and Mercedes V-Class.
Based on a van, the Proace Verso is available in three configurations with length ranging from 4.6 to 5.3 meters, with the option to have seven, eight or nine seats. Depending on trim level, the seats go from fabric to full-on leather captain’s chairs.
There’s no shortage of passenger space inside, but the nine-seaters have a small boot. On the other hand, remove all the seats in it (the longest model) and you have a bewildering 4,900-litre capacity at your disposal.
The interior design might fool you that this is a swanky SUV, but the materials will not. They are definitely on the ‘durable’ side, in tune with the Toyota’s humble van origins. There’s also lots of car tech available such as a head-up display, massage seats and a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav
If driving a van sounds daunting to you, don’t worry, because the Proace Verso is easy to place on the road thanks to accurate steering and impressive maneuverability. Take it up to 70mph on the motorway, though, and the wind whistle serves as a reminder of the big Toyota’s brick-like aerodynamics. Nonetheless, the ride quality is as comfortable as any rival.
The Proace Verso is quite cheap-to-run, especially if you divide the costs by nine… Engines are diesel only with power ranging from 94 to 177hp. Fuel economy sits between 55 and 48mpg, with CO2 emissions varying from 133 to 151g/km. Despite being the mid-range model, the 113hp 1.6-litre is the most frugal.
Basic Proace Versos are pretty spartan in terms of equipment, but parking sensors are useful in a car this size, and you also get air-conditioning and cruise control. Technology such as a 180-degree camera, automatic city braking and radar-guided cruise control is optional.
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