The interior layout, fit and finish
Interiors in the medium van segment vary wildly, from the practical to the sophisticated. The Proace does a great job of sitting in both camps, and whether you’re in the Active, Icon or Design level interiors, you’ll find plenty of storage and enough room to get comfortable. The materials are of a high quality, and the interior has a great overall feel about it.
Entry-level Active vans are well equipped, with electric heated door mirrors, electric windows, cruise control, a DAB radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity all part of the package. There’s a built-in tyre pressure monitoring system too.
Step up a level to Icon and you get rear parking sensors, manual air conditioning, a Smart Cargo load-through bulkhead, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support. You can also specify the 7.0in touchscreen as an option at this point.
Design trim models are the higher specification and get the touchscreen as standard along with an alarm, front parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring. It also includes the Toyota Safety Sense pack, which includes a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display. But, if you want a large-sized van, the Design model isn’t for you as the trim option is only available on medium panel and crew vans and the long version of the crew van, rather than the panel van.
It’s a comfortable interior to be in with the more adjustable driver’s seat being particularly useful. There’s plenty of forward and backward travel in the seat and the steering is height adjustable too. The gearlever is a fraction too close to the driver’s knee and the knob itself is probably the least appealing aspect of an otherwise very ergonomic interior.