Our Proace features the excellent Smart Cargo system that allows long, narrow items that are too big for the load bay to be transported.
And it works.
It was put to the test when a friend wanted me to collect a second-hand bedroom cupboard that had been disassembled.
The panels slid easily into the back, but the runners for the doors, for instance, were too long.
That’s where the hatch behind the passenger seat, in the bottom of the bulkhead, comes into play.
First, you clamber into the load bed and twist a yellow catch to release the panel; that will tip back onto the load bed floor, or can easily be removed completely.
Then you go into the cabin, and pull on a blue tag at the base of the passenger seat, which releases it upwards, revealing the gap through to the load bay.
The system extends overall length from 2.5m to 3.7m, and volume from 5.3m3 to 5.8m3.
On top of that, the Proace comes with sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle, as well as rear double doors that open to 180° very easily.
Report Card: Load bay = 5/5
The load bay in the Proace is without doubt a flexible space that’s simple to access.
Toyota Proace Design Medium 2.0 Auto
Official combined consumption 49.6mpg
Our average consumption 37.7mpg
Price (ex VAT) £29,036
Price range (ex VAT) £19,128-£31,078
Service intervals 1yr/10,000mls
Load length 2,512/3,674mm*
Load width (min/max) 1,258/1,628mm
Load bay height 1,397mm
Gross payload 1,400kg
Load volume 5.3m3/5.8m3*
Engine size/power 1,997cc/180hp
Gearbox 6-spd auto
* Including Smart Cargo system