Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Unusually for an MPV (but not for a van), the Proace Verso is available in three lengths. While the smallest, Compact, is likely to feel a little cramped, the Medium option has plenty of space for people as long as you don’t mind a small boot or only two rows of seats. As for the Long variant, it can seat three rows of people in comfort with room for their luggage.
Compared with a Seat Alhambra or Ford Galaxy, even the Medium variant feels much more spacious and is suitable for full-sized adults in all three rows.
Shuttle trim is your best bet if you need the maximum number of seats. Available in Medium and Long lengths, it has nine seats as standard (three rows of three). Family versions (available in Compact and Medium lengths) can take eight, with two individual seats replacing the front bench. Finally, Long-only VIP models seat seven; there are two seats for the second row and three at the back as standard, plus a slidable central armrest with pop-out tray tables for executives on the go.
The second and third row of seats can be slid backwards and forward, and can also be reclined to prioritise space or comfort on all models. If you really want the maximum amount of space, the two rows can be removed entirely for a load area that’s as cavernous as – surprise, surprise – a van’s. Just bear in mind that the seats are pretty hefty, so we’d recommend calling on the help of a friend to remove them.
If that wasn’t practical enough, there’s also a cornucopia of storage solutions dotted around the interior. There are door pockets that are some of the biggest we’ve ever come across, two gloveboxes, a cubby on the top of the dash and a handy shelf by the USB port that’s the perfect size for a smartphone.
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