Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Toyota Proace Matino campervan's performance depends on which version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine you've picked. Opening the range is the 120bhp version, which comes with a six-speed manual gearbox that has a long but accurate shift action. Toyota doesn’t provide a 0-62mph time, but let’s just say you’ll be changing down from sixth to fifth to get up steep hills on faster stretches of road.
That’s why we recommend stepping up to the 180bhp version. For a relatively small extra outlay, you get access to a considerably gruntier machine with a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox.
But let’s face it, unless you’re always running late for your ferry, handling is low down on your list of priorities when it comes to buying a campervan. Of far greater importance is how comfortable it is on a long journey, and that's where the Proace Matino claws back some ground.
For example, it's noticeably softer when you're ambling along than the California and Nugget, and it waft overs undulating roads in a way that suits the relaxed nature of the campervan driving experience. Larger abrasions such as expansion joints and potholes occasionally generate a bit of a thump and thud, but it’s never uncomfortable.
Refinement is good whichever version you choose, with engine noise fading away at a cruise. Our only real gripe is that the pop-up rooftop generates quite a bit of wind noise above 60mph – a problem that also afflicts the California and the Nugget. If you want the quietest campervan, we recommend having a look at the Marco Polo.