The Toyota Proace Verso Family Compact - we want one, just don't tell the kids.
Knutsford, the home town to Total Vehicle Leasing, is also home to the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park each year. This year we had the honour of escorting the RHS judges to various gardens and sites around the town for the judging of Knutsford’s entry to Britain in Bloom.
So, we needed a suitable vehicle for the job. We asked the lovely people at Toyota and they sent along two Toyota Proace Versos. The first was Proace Verso Family Compact People Carrier with Premium Pack (in silver on the right) and the second was the Proace Verso Family Medium People Carrier (in white on the left).
Wow! We loved both vehicles and we’ll tell you why. First of all, let’s take a look at the 8 seater Proace Verso Family Company People Carrier. One of the guys took this home overnight to try it out. He lives rurally and loved the high driving position which was a great advantage around the country lanes. His family are pretty au fait with Toyota as they already have a Toyota Hilux for its workhorse capabilities. Our guy’s wife drives a Toyota RAV4 so she was already taken with the height and space the Toyota range can offer.
They had a drive round the lanes and both loved the luxury feel of the Proace Verso. The Premium Pack on this gives the car the feel of a lurxury people carrier rather than a van to cart the kids around in. The Premium Pack also gives some really nice little touches – in fact they are not little touches, more like big fat punches to make its mark – such as the Toyota Skyview panoramic roof which gave the rear of the cabin loads of light and a real airy feel.
Leather seats throughout continued the luxury theme and the fold up tray tables gave the interior an aerospace feeling. The driver and passenger seats had the added benefit of electric heating along with a power-adjusted lumbar support and massage function. Technology such as the premium surround sound system delivered via 9 speakers meant that even passengers seated in the back could enjoy the entertainment.
Next, two of our team took the Proace Verso Family Compact on a trip into Manchester. We rocked up at the underground car park and although the Verso looks big, it’s manoeuvrability made parking a doddle. Driving around the city was a real pleasure due to its nimble handling.
While it can very comfortably seat 8 people, the rear luggage space is limited, which is probably just as well, otherwise you might find you’re the family’s number one choice for lifts to and from the airport. And, you can’t have everything.
Overall, this version of the Proace Verso is impressively upmarket. Our work experience student came out for a drive in it and exclaimed “It feels really like a Range Rover.” Praise indeed.
The version of the Verso also benefited from the smart Toyota Pro-touch seven-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation – Bluetooth and Smartphone integration is standard on all models. Our work experience guy hooked his iPhone up and was scrolling through Spotify as soon as we turned on the engine!
Other nice touches were the keyless entry and sunshades in the side windows. Let’s not forget that the Toyota Verso has gained a five-star Euro NACP safety rating owing to the Toyota Safety Sense package which includes Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and the colour head-up display mentioned earlier.
The RHS judges, our passengers, really liked the easy accessibility of the rear seats, even the 2nd row. Also a nice feature was the rear window on the tailgate which gives easy access to the boot without having to open the full tailgate.
The verdict from the team here at Total Vehicle Leasing, the RHS judges and even Knutsford’s Mayor, who gave a thumbs up in the form of a Gold Award, was that the Proace Verso is real winner. It came as a real surprise to all those for whom the Toyota brand was not on their radar when it came to the MPV sector.
The retail price Proace Verso starts at £31,540 and the price as the time of writing for the model we tried was £37,655 – so not an insignificant price tag. However, the real surprise was when we started looking at the lease prices we could offer for the Toyota Proace Verso. Why not take a look. If you need a car to transport a large family or family and friends, that offers loads of space, comfort, technology, safety and quality – then we think you should take a look at the Proace Verso. We think you’ll be surprised at the lease prices too. Click here to view the latest lease deals for the Toyota Proace Verso.
Check back soon for our review of the Toyota Proace Verso Family Medium People Carrier to see how it compares.