Test Toyota Proace Verso 2.0D
Large families do not have as many cars at their disposal. The Toyota ProAce Verso we have tested this week is one of that rare avis. A versatile vehicle that moves away from its “furgonetil” origin to become tourism with all of the law
What is the best car for a large family? Well, the answer is not an SUV, not even a family saloon; the best answer is a minivan. But what form and size should that paradigm of versatility have on four wheels? It depends on the number of children that run around the house. In the case of being more than three, the Toyota ProAce Verso guarantees everything you need for this large family.
Today we must recognize that the minivan segment is practically dead. Only the big families go to buy a big car because otherwise, everyone prefers an SUV. One of those cars that in fact do not manage to match the capacities or the versatility of an MPV, The truth is that a minivan has never been a passionate purchase, but how practical is the purchase of one as big as the Toyota ProAce Verso?
First of all, say that this van converted to a family is derived from a joint venture with the PSA Group. To alleviate costs Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota have teamed up in the manufacture of this versatile vehicle, which except for certain details, we can see repeated three times with different names: the aforementioned ProAce Verso, the Citroen Space-Toured and the Peugeot Traveler. All three are practically the same car, although it must be admitted that they are more French than Japanese.
Aesthetically speaking, the three vehicles differ by a few details. In fact, all of them can be found on the front. Each brand has tried to match in the best possible way its design philosophy, and in the case of Toyota has managed to integrate a new hood, a new upper grille and a front bumper with a slightly different shape. With all this, the van environment does not take center stage.
As for the rest of the car is presented as expected from a vehicle of these characteristics, In the case of the ProAce Verso, we have different bodies, different cabin lengths that will allow us to give access to a different number of occupants. From five to nine seats, depending on the needs of each case obviously, the more passengers we want to put in, the longer the cabin must be. In the case, we have the ProAce Verse of medium chassis, with a length of almost five meters long, 30 centimeters longer than the smallest unit and 30 centimeters smaller than the largest ProAce Verse.
As for the outside, the truth is that we can not say that it is one of those cars that enter through the eye, no matter how much the designers have worked on it; the truth is that I do not think there is anyone whose dream is to buy the ProAce for its design. Do not play that passionate league, it’s that simple. His game is of doors for inside, where he convinces from beginning to end for his amount of space and for the versatility that this has.
Leaving aside the front row which, except for the possibility of having three seats, is unmovable, the other two present a wide number of options. The second is the one with the most possibilities. It can accommodate three passengers together in a row or two individual seats, and can even mount a storage space that also has two side tables so you can go working, as was the case of the unit. Likewise, these two seats can operate individually, turning, removing or moving longitudinally to our whim and separately.
As for the third and last row we have, more or less, the same benefits as the previous one. It may or may not be, as well as having two separate seats or together or directly three seats in two different modules. Once again you can move, remove and turn, but beware of the weight of each of the seats, especially the double rear because to get it out of the vehicle will need an extra help because they weigh their own. In fact, the only one that I can put to modularity is that.
Since the test unit mounted the average body, the space for the suitcases is not as large as one would expect. The five, six, or seven passengers will travel comfortably, but it is better than they do so not loaded with accouterments. The volume can vary in a thousand ways, depending on where we place the last row of seats. If we do it in the most delayed position the load capacity is limited to a few suitcases, and if we move, or get rid of that row, the load capacity increases considerably up to 1,000 liters.
For this reason, if our case involves traveling always to the top of passengers and cargo, it is possible that we should use the largest unit since with those extra 30 centimeters we can play more with space for occupants and suitcases. In the case of the ProAce Verso VIP, it is more designed to be a Shuttle representation vehicle, where it is assumed that preference is given to the passenger space above the cargo volume.
Regarding the technological burden, the alliance with the French has allowed the inclusion of many elements that are not usually usual in an industrial vehicle. Such is the case that we can find such interesting components as the Display Head-Up, the automatic opening and closing side doors, a multitude of driving assistants, leather seats, dual-zone climate control in the front and rear row, as well as a multitude of practical solutions that will make life on board much simpler. As I say, in this term is more tourism than the van.
Where it does leave clear evidence of their offspring is in terms of materials. The amount of hard plastics is very large in most areas of the interior, except in some seats that can be leather. They are hard plastics of good touch, yes, but the adjustment of some of them is very improbable. I like the premium touch that has been given to give to what equipment is concerned but partly is tarnished by these materials and rough settings.
All Seats Can Be Removed, Although It Requires Some Expertise First For The System And Second For The Weight
Paragraphs above I have commented that the ProAce Verso is part of a trident of vehicles shared with the PSA Group. In this alliance, the Japanese are responsible for putting part of the mechanical range, all of it diesel nature. In this case, the test unit brought with it the 2.0D engine with 150 HP and six-speed manual gearbox. A very logical and interesting bet that I am going to talk about now.
Test Toyota ProAce Verso 2.0D 150 HP
Well, let’s start from the basis of what has already been said on more than one occasion throughout this test, the ProAce Verso derives from a van, and therefore its driving is practically equal to one, but with caveats. A few caveats that make the difference and that have ended up surprising me quite a lot during an intense week of tests.
Being a passenger vehicle, a large tourism, after all, have modified different parameters and areas of the car to achieve a driving with a touch more MP. The first change comes in the insulating materials that are responsible for filtering the noise in the passenger compartment. Here is my first surprise when, once the march starts, as soon as they enter the cabin, annoying and uncomfortable rolling, motor or aerodynamic noises are heard. In fact, it is quite silent, and in part, it reminds me of the Mercedes V-Class that I tried a long time ago and that is worth practically twice as much as the Japanese.
We are facing a high car, and therefore his driving position is quite high. That allows us to have excellent visibility in the 360 degrees of the car, guessing, thanks to its rectangular shapes, the limits of the car very easily. In that aspect, the ProAce Verso, despite its five meters long, is similar to a conventional car. It does not feel especially uncomfortable in small spaces, where his good turning radius allows it to move with ease, but of course, another thing is to find a parking space where to leave such a “junk”.
As I was saying, the driving position is high, but it presents a very annoying problem that had not happened to me for a long time. The steering wheel and seat are not properly aligned, they are only millimeters, but enough to notice. If we add that the HUD is not focused on the axis of the driver, the problem as I say becomes more annoying. It is not something that affects security, but I do not understand how today, with such automation in the industry, these things can happen.
Moving a little away from that negative point, the truth is that en route I must admit that it is a comfortable car, largely because of another change with respect to the traditional cargo van; the suspension. The industrial vehicles have harder suspensions, with a drier touch to be able to be handled when they are loaded, the cars do not compromise so much comfort, and in this case, it is not done either. When passing through the fields or any of the irregularities of the asphalt you realize that the set-up, once again, reminds a tourist. Comfortable and comfortable for large walks
Needless to say, to what dynamic capabilities are concerned, the ProAce Verso is not suitable for a demanding treatment, the high center of gravity does not allow vicissitudes at the wheel and its natural terrain will be open and simple routes. Logical. Before I mentioned the engine in passing, a block that feels like a glove, the truth is that they seem more horses than those that are officialized in the technical data sheet and in the performance data. None of them is satisfactory, but this is one of those cases where appearances deceive.
The block responds better than it might seem at first and even loads it with passengers and suitcases. Yes, it is true that the power never comes badly, but in this case, they do not miss more horses. I would only recommend opting for the variant of 180 horses if our usual terrains include mountain passes or areas of great unevenness where in that case we can notice that we lack some courage in the engine compartment.