The Crew Cab is based on the rear-wheel drive Vito MWB body with 3200mm wheelbase, 5140mm length and 1928mm width. MacPherson strut front and coil-spring semi-trailing arm rear suspension has disc brakes on all wheels and an impressively tight 11.8-metre turning circle.
Large sliding doors with fixed windows provide ample side access to the 60/40-split rear seats plus there’s a single lift-up tailgate for the cargo zone. For those wanting forklift access, optional twin-swing rear barn doors with a full 270-degrees opening are also available ($650). The cargo bay’s internal walls and sliding doors are fully lined and the wooden cargo floor is finished with a hard-wearing and easy-to-clean surface.
The forward cabin has a modern look and spacious feel with large doors that swing wide open for easy entry and exit, although a grab handle on the passenger-side window pillar would be helpful.
The optional leather steering wheel is as good as you’ll find in a prestige car and the dashboard design is clean and uncluttered, with lots of textured plastic surfaces and tasteful satin chrome highlights. There’s also plenty of room for the driver’s left foot without the need for a dedicated footrest.
Rear seat passengers get fold-down armrests on the two outer seating positions but none in the centre. There’s plenty of leg and head room for tall passengers and the backrest angle is adjustable, but the base cushions feel a bit short and three adults can fight for shoulder room depending on their size.
The driver and front passenger seat base cushions also feel a tad short to maintain comfortable thigh support on longer journeys, although admittedly these tend to be short in vans to make multiple entry/exit as easy as possible on busy work days.
Inboard fold-down armrests and adjustable lumbar support for the front seats are available, but only as yet another factory option (Comfort Seat Pack $718). A bit rich, given that these features are standard on some lower-priced rivals. The foot-operated parking brake with its harsh spring-loaded release is also overdue for an update to the latest button-operated electric type.