If you prefer compactness and practicality to performance and appearance, then this Toyota must tick all the right boxes. The short L1 version of the ProAce City Verso, powered by a three-cylinder, turbocharged 1.2 liter engine, making 110 DIN-hp. Well, that won’t earn you any bragging rights either. But it will get you all the groceries you’ll need.
The L1 is 4,403 mm long (173.3”), with a wheelbase of 2,785 mm (109.6”). Height 1,880 mm (74”), width 1,848 mm (72.8”). The stretched L2 is also offered as a seven-seater. Its overall length and wheelbase extension: 350 mm (13.8”) and 190 mm (7.5”), respectively.
A true van, so with an upright seating position. The 110 hp ProAce City Verso has a six-speed manual transmission. The same 1.2 liter engine is also available with 130 hp, in which case the transmission is an eight-speed automatic. That’s it, those are the only drivetrain options.
Fancy it ain’t, roomy and airy it is.
There are sliding doors on both sides. Hop in and walk through.
Close to vertical, with a big hatch.
A torsion-beam rear axle and solid brake discs, MacPherson struts and vented discs at the front. Neat 16” rims, good tires too!
This vehicle-type is what the French call a Ludospace. And French it is, all the way. We’re looking at the Toyota edition of the third gen Peugeot Partner/Rifter and Citroën Berlingo, as introduced in 2018. Logically, also driving around with an Opel and Vauxhall logo. It speaks for itself that all of them are also offered as a panel van.
For clarification, the 1.2 Turbo as used in the Toyota Corolla and C-HR is Toyota’s own, four-cylinder engine.