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Toyota isn’t a name often associated with vans. People largely think its commercial vehicle repertoire begins and ends with the Toyota Hilux pick-up truck, but Toyota has a long tradition of making light commercial vehicles, particularly those in the mid-sized sector.
The Toyota HiAce was introduced in the 1960s and there have been many other ‘Ace’ versions since, and while the Toyota Proace is in no way a relative or even a descendant of models from the past, the name certainly sets it out as a Toyota van.
There are two engine options, the smaller of which also originates from the passenger car world. The 1.5-litre unit is available with either 100bhp or 120bhp and is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. A more powerful 2.0-litre engine also comes with 120bhp or 174bhp options but it is only the bigger of the two that is available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Unlike the other vans from Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall, there is no middle (147bhp) power rating for the 2.0-litre engine.
The Proace has Compact, Medium and Long body lengths, but there is no option of a high roof model. Trims range from the entry-level Active to the top-spec Design option. There is also an Icon trim level in between. Toyota also produces a combi van version of the Proace that can seat up to nine people.
The Toyota Proace is made by the Stellantis group, and is essentially a slightly redesigned version of the Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro. However, it does come with a five-year warranty as standard, and typically a higher level of standard kit (for a higher starting price). Read our full Toyota Proace review for more.
The Toyota Proace is sold with a standard five-year/100,000 mile warranty, which is longer than that of its stablemates the Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro. With certain conditions, that can also be extended across ten years, underlining Toyota’s confidence in its products. Read our Toyota Proace verdict.
Yes and no. The Toyota Proace is badged a Toyota, sold by Toyota, serviced by Toyota and so on. However, parts sharing is not uncommon in the van world, and it is also true that it is made by the Stellantis group, and that it is a rebodied version of its Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro vans. Read our Toyota Proace review for more.
The Toyota Proace shares its underpinnings and fundamental dimensions and engine line-up with the Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro vans. As part of that collaboration, it is built by the Stellantis and manufactured in its factories. Read our Toyota Proace verdict.
The Toyota Proace is powered by engines made by Stellantis, owners of Citroen, Peugeot, Vauxhall and more. However, Toyota buyers have just two choices, a 1.5-litre unit with 100bhp or 120bhp, or a 2.0-litre engine with 120bhp or 174bhp, whereas customers of the Stellantis brands can choose between four options. Read our Toyota Proace driving impressions.
Essentially, yes, the Vauxhall Vivaro (and Citroën Dispatch and Peugeot Expert) are the same vehicle as the Toyota Proace, albeit with each being mildly restyled and sold with sometimes different engine and spec options. In the Toyota’s case this includes a longer warranty. Read our Toyota Proace review.