Exploring the Toyota Proace City: practicality and versatility

Following its world debut at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show, we wanted to explore the new Toyota Proace City compact van by providing greater detail in three key areas: performance and capabilities, practical and versatile design, and its safety, comfort and convenience features.

Proace City: practical and versatile design

Proace City can be specified with interior configurations to cater for different passenger and load-carrying requirements.

The van is available with either two individual front seats or a three-seat bench, the latter additionally offering a Smart Cargo option, like that seen on the larger Proace model. The Smart Cargo system uses a folding outer passenger seat and a hatch in the bulkhead to provide an extra 0.4m3 of load space and to increase maximum load length by 1.3m; the centre passenger seatback can also be rotated to create a handy desk space, with additional under-seat storage.

In the crew cab version, when the second row seats are not being used, the bench can be folded flat and the bulkhead moved forwards to increase load space. A hatch in the bulkhead can be opened to carry longer loads.

The Proace City van can be fitted with a rear hatch in the roof as another useful option when longer items need to be carried. This comes with a cross-bar that can support up to 100kg.

Proace City

Clever and capacious storage points are featured throughout the cabin (according to model), ranging from coin and cup holders and open stowage areas, to an under-seat drawer and spaces designed into the roof, doors and floor. In the passenger version, a panoramic roof option can specified with aircraft-style overhead storage in a locker and a central ‘floating’ arch structure that has a combined 74-litre capacity, accessible from the second row seats and the boot.

Access to the boot is made easy when parked in confined spaces, thanks to an opening window in the tailgate.

The Proace City Verso offers flexible passenger accommodation, with the option of three individual seats or a 60:40 split-folding bench in the second row. A third row can be added to both the long and short body versions, with seats large enough and with slide-adjustment to accommodate adults in comfort. When three separate second row seats are specified, each one has Isofix child seat mounts – another unique-in-class feature. All passenger seats fold flat, including the front seat, to maximise load capacity and convenience.

Learn more: Toyota Proace City: performance and capabilities


  1. We are very interested in the Proace 4.7 van or even the verso , however not fully understanding options on seating, we like the folding seats, is this with two separate seats in cab, or can you also in the van version have separate front seats with no bulkhead? We don’t seem to get much information from our local Derby dealer with no brochures or stock to view, seems to be a shortage of colour choice also, would have liked Red posibility.
    Hope you can assist.
    Regards Mr and Mrs Smedley (DERBY).

    1. Hi Michael,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for your interest in the Proace. There are three versions. Two commercial – Proace van and the smaller Proace City. One passenger – Proace Verso.

      Most versions of the Proace van come with a bulkhead, either behind the front row of seats, or the second row of seats, if you choose the Crew Cab version. The only exception is the Combi version which has three rows of seats and no bulkhead. It is designed for transporting workers around large sites.

      All Proace van models come with three seats on the front row, consisting of a bench for two people and a separate chair for the driver:

      Proace City is smaller, and has fewer variants. All have a bulkhead behind two seats:

      Proace Verso is a passenger vehicle. There are three versions – Shuttle (9 seats), Family (8 seats) and VIP (7 seats, with captain’s chair on the second row, capable of 180 degree rotation).

      We are sorry to hear your local centre in Derby were unable to help. We recommend contacting your next nearest centre, in Ilkeston on 0115 930 2885.


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