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Like it or not, Vans are an important part of British culture and at Evans Halshaw we love them. Whether it's a Florist needing a small van, a Builder needing a big van or a large company needing a new fleet, Vans and LCVs account for thousands of new vehicle registrations every year.

It can be difficult to know which van is best for you, so we've compared stats from all kinds of vans so you can find the one that best suits your needs.

Car-Based Vans

Car-based vans are useful if you only really need a car, but regularly carry tools or relatively small equipment that would otherwise damage the interior of a car quite easily. Two of the best examples of car-based vans come from Ford and Vauxhall, in the shape of the Fiesta Van and the Corsavan.

Ford Fiesta Van and Vauxhall Corsavan Comparison

 

Ford Fiesta Van

Vauxhall Corsavan

Min/Max Payload (kg)

485/508

543/571

Load space (m3)

1

0.92

Maximum Load Length (mm)

1296

1257

Maximum Load Width (Between load length, mm)

1004

969

Maximum Load Height (mm)

806

921

Min/Max Fuel economy (mpg)

52.3/85.6

51.4/83.1

Min/Max Towing Weight (kg)

600/750

950/1250

Min/Max CO2 Emissions (g/km)

87/120

90/128

As you can see from the table, the Fiesta Van edges the load space category thanks to a larger length and width (but smaller height), and is more efficient in terms of mpg and CO2 emissions. The Corsavan is perhaps more workmanlike in terms of its abilities, as it can carry more, has a larger load height and can tow significantly more than the Fiesta Van.

Specification

Ford Fiesta Van

  • 15" steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Electric/heated door mirrors
  • Headlight courtesy delay
  • Tinted glass
  • Air conditioning
  • Front fog lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Heated windscreen

Corsavan

  • 15" steel wheels with wheel covers
  • ESP
  • Traction control
  • Hill start assist
  • ABS
  • Daytime running lights
  • Six airbags
  • Digital radio
  • Bluetooth media streaming and telephone functionality
  • USB
  • iPod control
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric windows
  • CD/radio
  • Remote central locking
  • Full size spare wheel

Best Small Vans

Small Vans are useful for Florists, Repairmen and small delivery businesses. They're slightly larger than car-based vans, but are still very manoeuvrable in town and have a more usable load capacity that can usually accommodate a Euro pallet.

Our favourite small vans are the Ford Transit Courier, Vauxhall Combo, Citroen Berlingo, Nissan NV200 and the Peugeot Partner.

Ford Transit Connect, Vauxhall Combo, Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Nissan NV200 Comparison

 

Ford Transit Connect

Vauxhall Combo

Citroen Berlingo

Peugeot Partner

Nissan NV200

Min/Max Payload (kg)

625/1004

705/1000

621/876

625/850

728

Min/Max Load space (m3)

2.9/3.6

3.4/4.2

3.3/3.7

3.3/2.7

4.2

Min/Max Load Length (mm)

3000/3400

1820/2170

1800/3000

1800/2050

2040

Maximum Load Width (Between wheel arches, mm)

1226

1230

1230

1230

1220

Maximum Load Height (mm)

1269

1305/1550

1250

1250

1358

Min/Max Fuel economy (mpg)

50.4/70.6

40.3/58.9

39.8/56.5

39.8/62.8

57.7/56.5

Min/Max Towing Weight (kg)

1200/1200

1000/1500

950/1050

950/1050

1100/1200

Min/Max CO2 Emissions (g/km)

105/129

129/168

131/164

118/164

128/131

From the table we can conclude that the Ford Transit Connect edges out the Vauxhall Combo in terms of payload (slightly) though you do have to choose the most powerful engine for it to achieve this. The L2H2 Vauxhall Combo and Nissan NV200 have the largest load volume at 4.2m3, while the Ford's innovative load hatch enables load lengths of up to 3400mm long, though the Berlingo isn't far behind this thanks to a folding front seat that allows you to load lengths right up to the passenger foot well.

The Vauxhall Combo, Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner all edge out the Ford Transit Connect on load width, but there's only 4mm in it. The taller Vauxhall Combo has by far the best load height of the vans compared here, and it can tow the largest weight too when equipped with the right engine.

The Ford wins the efficiency contest however, with emissions from as little as 105 g/km and far superior combined fuel economy which can reach up to 70.6mpg.

Specification

Ford Transit Connect

  • Electric front windows
  • Remote central locking
  • DAB radio with USB
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Two front speakers
  • Trip computer
  • Rake and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Cup holders
  • 12V socket
  • Cargo tie down hooks
  • Side mounting points in the loading area
  • Full steel bulkhead
  • Overhead stowage
  • Load box light
  • Immobiliser

Vauxhall Combo

  • Rake and reach adjustable steering column
  • Electric front windows
  • Remote central locking
  • ABS
  • EBD
  • Trip computer
  • 12V socket
  • Adjustable driver's seat
  • Tyre repair kit.

The optional driver pack adds: CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth, aux-in, USB, steering wheel audio controls, leather gear knob, pre-installation for TomTom navigation.

Citroen Berlingo

  • ABS
  • Driver's airbag
  • ESC
  • Hill start assist
  • Radio/CD player with MP3
  • Trip computer
  • Central locking
  • Electric front windows
  • SmartNav
  • 3 Years Live Traffic information
  • Load compartment light
  • Immobiliser

Peugeot Partner S

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • Automatic hazard light activation
  • Driver's ladder frame protector
  • Central locking
  • Radio/CD player
  • 12V socket
  • 6 tie-down hooks in load area
  • Adjustable driver's seat

Nissan NV200 

  • ABS
  • EBD
  • Driver airbag
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • ESP
  • Steel bulkhead
  • Twin rear loading doors
  • Twin sliding side doors
  • 6x lashing hooks in load space
  • Radio/CD player with MP3 and iPod connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • USB and AUX functionality
  • 13 cabin storage areas
  • Rake adjustable steering wheel
  • Under-seat storage
  • Trip computer
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors

Best Medium Vans

Some of the most popular vans are mid-size medium vans with added load space over a small van without the burden of driving a really big vehicle. These vans are more flexible, more capable and more adaptable than ever before, and all are ready to help your business move forward. Here we compare the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert.

Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert Comparison

 

Citroen Dispatch

Peugeot Expert

Min/Max Payload (kg)

852/1200

988/1204

Min/Max Load space (m3)

5.0/7.0

5.0/7.0

Max Load Length (mm)

2254/2584

2254/2584

Maximum Load Width (Between wheel arches, mm)

1245

1250

Min/Max Load Height (mm)

1449/1750

1449/1750

Combined Fuel economy (mpg)

37.2/44.1

39.2/44.1

Min/Max Towing Weight (kg)

1453/2000

1453/2000

Min/Max CO2 Emissions (g/km)

168/199

168/189

From the table it's clear that the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert are pretty much identical, with the Peugeot just edging out the Citroen on payload (by 4kg) and Load Width (by 5mm).

Specification

Citroen Dispatch

  • ABS
  • EBA
  • ESC
  • Driver's airbag
  • Variable power steering
  • Cruise control
  • Programmable speed limiter
  • Radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Front electric windows
  • 12V socket in cabin and load space
  • Remote central locking
  • Trip computer
  • Overhead storage shelf
  • Dual passenger bench seat
  • Ladder frame bulkhead
  • Twin side sliding doors
  • Smartnav
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Height adjustable driver's seat

Peugeot Expert

  • Remote central locking
  • Driver's ladder frame protector
  • 12V socket in cabin and load space
  • Armrests within door panels
  • Twin sliding side doors
  • Rake/reach adjustable driver's seat
  • Dual passenger bench seat
  • Under seat stowage tray
  • Radio/CD player
  • Electric front windows
  • Cruise control with programmable speed limiter
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Driver's airbag
  • Lockable glove box

Best Large Vans

Sometimes you've got a job where only a large van will do. Here we compare the Ford Transit Custom, Nissan Primastar, Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic.

Ford Transit Custom, Vauxhall Vivaro, Renault Trafic and Nissan Primastar Comparison

 

Ford Transit Custom

Vauxhall Vivaro

Renault Trafic

Nissan Primastar

Min/Max Payload (kg)

643/1507

1079/1280

1079/1200

1080/1282

Min/Max Load space (m3)

6/8.3

5.2/8.6

5.2/8.6

5.0/8.3

Min/Max Load Length (mm)

3085/3452

3750/4150

3750/4150

2400/2800

Maximum Load Width (Between wheel arches, mm)

1390

1268

1268

1268

Min/Max Load Height (mm)

1406/1778

1387/1898

1387/1898

1387/1913

Min/Max Fuel economy (mpg)

37.7/46.3

40.3/47.9

43.5/47.9

35.8/41.5

Min/Max Towing Weight (kg)

1500/2800

2000/2000

2000/2000

2000

Min/Max CO2 Emissions (g/km)

162/197

155/185

155/174

178/207

The Ford Transit Custom boasts the biggest payload of the four vans compared here, but the Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic win both the load space and maximum load length contests - aided by the ability to load lengths right through into the passenger foot well through the innovative load hatch. The Transit Custom has a significantly larger load width between the wheel arches, and it can tow a lot more than the Vivaro, Trafic and Primastar too. The Primastar has the largest load height of the four vans, while the Vivaro and Trafic have the best fuel economy thanks to efficient 1.6-litre diesel engines.

Specification

Ford Transit Custom

  • Door mirrors with blind sport eliminator
  • Remote central locking
  • Side sliding door on passenger side
  • Headlights with courtesy delay
  • Front and rear mudflaps
  • Multi-piece bumper front and rear
  • Radio with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Ford eco mode driver information system
  • Trip computer
  • Electric front windows
  • Two 2-litre bottle holders
  • Glovebox with space for A4 file storage
  • 2x12V sockets
  • Under-seat storage
  • Load space lights
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Dual front passenger seat

Vauxhall Vivaro 

  • ESP
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric/heated door mirrors
  • Remote central locking
  • ABS
  • ECO mode
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Full steel bulkhead
  • Wide-angle blind spot mirror
  • Ajustable driver's seat
  • Reach/rake adjustable steering column
  • Multi-function trip computer
  • Radio with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Dual front passenger seat

Renault Trafic

  • 4 years warranty (100k miles)
  • 4 years free roadside assistance
  • Trip computer
  • DAB radio
  • USB
  • AUX
  • 12V power socket
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Electric front windows
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Side sliding door
  • Electric/heated door mirrors
  • Roof bar fixings
  • Spare wheel
  • Dual passenger bench seat
  • ESC
  • Anchorage points
  • Steel bulkhead

Nissan Primastar

  • 6x tie down points
  • ABS
  • Driverr's airbag
  • 3-point seatbelts
  • Remote central locking
  • Radio/cd player with aux
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Tinted windows
  • Tachometer
  • Map lamp
  • Dash-mounted gear lever
  • Glovebox with CD and sunglasses holder
  • Driver/passenger cup holders

Best Extra Large Vans

The heavyweights of the van world, these vehicles are capable of moving pretty much anything you need to! They're suitable for removal men who need to get a sofa inside, builders who need to load it up with planks of wood and plumbers who have long pipes to carry. Here we compare the Ford Transit, Renault Master, Vauxhall Movano, Citroen Relay, Peugeot Boxer and the Nissan NV400.

Ford Transit, Renault Master, Vauxhall Movano, Citroen Relay, Peugeot Boxer and Nissan NV400 Comparison

 

Ford
Transit

Renault Master

Vauxhall Movano

Citroen Relay

Peugeot Boxer

Nissan NV400

Min/Max Payload (kg)

920/2281

1030/2254

966/2254

1140/2310

1115/1900

1030/2254

Min/Max Load space (m3)

9.5/15.1

8.0/17.0

7.8/17.0

8.0/17.0

8.0/17.0

8.0/17.0

Min/Max Load Length (mm)

3044/4217

2583/4383

2583/4383

2670/4070

2670/4070

2583/4383

Maximum Load Width (Between wheel arches, mm)

1392

1380

1380

1422

1422

1380

Min/Max Load Height (mm)

1786/2025

1700/2144

1700/2144

1662/2172

1662/2172

1700/2144

Min/Max Fuel economy (mpg)

32.1/44.1

35.3/40.9

30.1/41.5

31.7/42.8

37.7/41.5

 

Min/Max Towing Weight (kg)

1600/2800

2500/3000

2500/3000

2000/3000

2000/3000

2500/3000

Min/Max CO2 Emissions (g/km)

169/232

180/248

177/212

180/299

180/199

178/216

The largest capacity award goes to the Citroen Relay which has a massive 2310kg payload, edging out the rest of the competition. All of the vans have a 17m cubic capacity apart from the Transit, but the Ford is the most efficient with the highest MPG and lowest CO2 figures. The Citroen Relay and Peugeot Boxer share the widest width between wheel arches, as well as the largest load height.

Specification

Ford Transit

  • Blind spot eliminator on door mirror
  • Door mirror integrated indicators
  • Rear mud flaps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Headlight courtesy delay
  • Passenger side sliding door with step
  • Integrated rear bumper step
  • Body side mouldings
  • ESC
  • ABS
  • Hill start assist
  • Curve control
  • Emergency brake warning
  • Ford easy-fuel capless refuelling
  • Trend models add front fog lights, auto headlights, auto wipers, power heated folding door mirrors, projector style headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, twin remote keys, metallic paint.

Renault Master

  • CD/radio with DAB
  • Bluetooth connectivity and USB
  • 12V power socket
  • ESC
  • Trip computer
  • Electric windows
  • Electric and heated door mirrors
  • Immobiliser
  • ABS
  • Remote central locking
  • Driver's airbag
  • Left side loading door
  • Height and lumbar adjustable driver's seat
  • Driver's armrest
  • Passenger bench seat
  • Overhead parcel shelf
  • Hill start assist
  • Trailer swing assist
  • Buisness+ models add manual air conditioning, one-touch electric windows, 12V power socket in loading area, wide view mirror, rear parking sensors, hands free key, clipboard holder, pivoting seatback table.

Vauxhall Movano

  • Blind spot mirror
  • ESP
  • Traction control
  • Driver's seat adjustable height
  • Rake and reach
  • Radio/CD player
  • DAB digital radio
  • MP3
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Load floor anchorage points

Citroen Relay 

  • ABS
  • ESC
  • EBA
  • Immobiliser
  • Smartnav
  • Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking
  • Driver's airbag
  • High frequency remote central locking
  • Nearside sliding side loading door
  • Electric front windows
  • Tinted windows
  • Laminated windscreen
  • Heated twin lens door mirrors with electric adjustment
  • Driver's height adjustable seat
  • Audio system
  • DAB digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Bluetooth with USB

Peugeot Boxer

  • CD/radio
  • DAB digital radio
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • Four speakers
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors
  • Electric windows
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • ABS
  • ESP
  • Traction control
  • Driver's airbag
  • Spare wheel
  • Remote central locking
  • 12V socket in cabin

Nissan NV200

  • ABS
  • EBD
  • Superlocking
  • Driver airbag
  • Spare wheel
  • Immobiliser and alarm
  • Automatic door locking above 5mph
  • ESP
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Electric mirrors
  • USB/AUX
  • Driver armrest
  • Electric windows
  • Passenger bench seat
  • Foldable central seat back
  • Left side sliding panel door
  • Cargo load floor hooks

Best Electric Vans

We sell every type of Light Commercial Vehicle at Evans Halshaw, and that includes the latest range of electric vans that such as the Renault Kangoo Z.E, Nissan e-NV200 and Peugeot Partner Electric. 

Renault Kangoo Z.E., Nissan e-NV200 and Peugeot Partner Electric Comparison

 

Renault Kangoo Z.E Maxi

Nissan e-NV200

Peugeot Partner Electric

Max Payload (kg)

650

703

636

Max Load space (m3)

4.6

4.2/4.2

3.3/3.3

Max Load Length (mm)

2115

2040

3000

Maximum Load Width (Between wheel arches, mm)

1218

1220

1230

Max Load Height (mm)

1252

1358

1250

Max Range (miles)

106

106

106

Min/Max Towing Weight (kg)

N/A

N/A

N/A

CO2 Emissions (g/km)

0

0

0

The Nissan e-NV200 beats the Peugeot Partner and Renault Kangoo for payload capacity, but the Kangoo (in Maxi spec) has the largest loading area at 4.6 cubic metres. The Peugeot Partner electric's load hatch allows for a 3000mm maximum load length, and it also has the largest load width between the wheel arches. The taller e-NV200 has a significant load height advantage over the Peugeot and Renault, but all three have the same maximum range of 106 miles.

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