Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
All Proace Versos have a price that starts with a three, while you can easily spend more than £40k if you want a larger, high-end model with one of the 2.0 engines. There’s no doubting that you get an awful lot of motor for your money, but we’d still recommend a Family model with the 148bhp 2.0 diesel engine.
This gets you the 7.0in touchscreen (including sat-nav), auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, automatic emergency braking (AEB), a head-up display and keyless entry. Shuttle is worth considering if you need the extra seats, but you don’t get AEB or sat-nav as standard. VIP, meanwhile, is far too expensive to recommend.
As for running costs, they might be a little higher than you’d think given the relatively small diesel engines. Because the Proace Verso is a hefty thing, CO2 emissions range from 137g/km to 155g/km depending on the engine; this is worth bearing in mind if you’re a business user. Fuel economy will also be worse than the likes of the Ford Galaxy or Seat Alhambra, but on a par with similarly sized van-based MPVs.
The Proace Verso should be commended for a five-star Euro NCAP rating with higher scores than the Ford Galaxy in all but the pedestrian protection category. Even so, a Mercedes-Benz V-Class is better at protecting adults, though.
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