Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
You certainly get a lot of floor space for your money with the Proace Verso, with entry-level versions costing less than the smaller Ford Galaxy. As you work your way up the trim levels, the price soon rockets, but even the most expensive version is cheaper than the entry-level Mercedes V-Class. Fuel economy will be worse than the Galaxy, but on a par with similar-sized van-based MPVs.
We’d stick with the 148bhp 2.0 diesel engine, in Family trim if you want eight seats and a few luxuries, or the more basic Shuttle model to take advantage of the nine-seat option while keeping the price down.
Shuttle trim gets you the 7.0in touchscreen, automatic lights and wipers, and climate control, while Family trim adds automatic emergency braking (AEB), heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display and keyless entry. Range-topping VIP trim is far too expensive to recommend but gets additional safety kit including driver attention alert and blind-spot monitoring, as well as the seven-seat layout which includes second row ‘captain’ chairs with 180-degree rotation.
Every Proace Verso gets a five-year or 100,000-mile warranty, which is good by class standards. You probably won’t have to call on it, though, because Toyota has a fantastic record when it comes to dependability, finishing third out of 31 manufacturers in the What Car? reliability survey.
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