October's Used Van Hero

Andy Picton

04 Oct 2018, Blog Post

The Toyota Proace named Glass’s Used Commercial Hero for October 2018.

Each month, Glass’s Commercial Vehicle editors hold a meeting to name the current Used Van Hero in the UK market – the model they believe offers versatility, durability and outstanding value for money.

Andy Picton, Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor: “The medium panel van sector has always been popular in the used market, with the Proace deemed a reliable alternative to some of the mainstream competition”

WHEN WAS IT ON SALE?

Launched in 2013 to replace the austere and ageing Hiace, the Proace is the sister product to the PSA Dispatch and Expert models. It remained on sale until the current model launched during 2016.

WHY?

Available as a panel van or crew van in two lengths and two roof heights, the Proace offering included three Euro V drivetrains.

  • 5-speed manual 1.6-litre 89bhp
  • 6-speed manual 2.0-litre 126bhp
  • 6-speed manual 2.0-litre 161bhp

WHAT’S GOOD?

The Proace set itself apart from its PSA siblings by offering a standard five year/100,000 mile pan-European warranty. Standard specification included air conditioning, Bluetooth, electric windows and twin side loading doors. Reach and rake steering combined with a height adjustable driver’s seat resulting in a comfortable motorway drive. The Proace is a used market favourite with payloads up to 1,200kg.

WHAT’S BAD

In contrast to the models from PSA that had three trim levels, the Proace was only ever available with one. Inside, some of the hard plastics in the cab are grainy, whilst the buttons on the stereo are small and fiddly. Additionally, the rear door hinges appear to be flimsy compared to the competition making opening the rear doors to 180 degrees difficult.

IDEAL BUY?

Toyota Proace 1200kg 2.0D 128bhp L1H1 1665 plate with 57,000 miles on the clock

Retail £8,500 Trade £6,400

About the author

Andy Picton

Andy PictonChief Commercial Vehicle Editor

Having worked previously for Barclays Asset Finance and LeasePlan in the commercial vehicle sector, Andy joined Glass’s in 2002 as part of the Commercial Vehicle team working closely with manufacturers, leasing and insurance companies, traders, dealers and auction houses. He was promoted to Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor in 2016 and manages our industry-leading team of valuation experts. He loves football, music and obviously commercial vehicles.