When I was a kid in the 1980s my parents couldn’t afford to buy me Transformers, so I ended up with cheap knock-off ones that just transformed into a broken toy.
Anyway, with that big shiny metal face the Granvia looks like a Transformer that’s turned into a bus. Actually the grille is plastic, but there’s no doubt about it, the Granvia is a bus, it’s huge at 5300mm long, 1990mm tall (not counting the aerial) and 1970mm wide, not counting the wing mirrors (which can be folded in).
The side profile shot I took (see the images) of the Granvia shows off the prominent nose of the van, the 17-inch alloy wheels, the roof top spoiler and also my son’s grubby hand marks all down the side of it.
Yep, as much as black is my favourite colour and looks great on the Granvia, if you’re using it as a family car then it will constantly look like a crime scene that’s been dusted for fingerprints.
The Granvia is the people mover version of the Toyota HiAce commercial van and from the outside that’s pretty obvious with its flat-sided ‘rectangularness’, but inside you’d have no idea the two were pretty much the same van.
Step into the cabin and it’s like being in a plush private jet, with four quilted-leather captain’s chairs with power adjustable back and footrests, and lashings of woodgrain trim. Again, white wouldn’t be my first choice for the colour of the upholstery in my car, but it does wipe clean, thankfully.