Are you looking to purchase a new van but are unsure which one to choose? If this sounds like a dilemma you are having right now then we have the solution! We have put together a list of some of the best-selling panel vans to help you make your choice.
There are, of course, your specific needs that you will have to consider which we are unlikely to touch upon, which is why you need to make sure your decision is based on these as well because a van isn’t just for Christmas! The vans we are looking at in particular are panel vans because there are no better vans for diversity in the commercial vehicle market right now. So, whether you do long or short-haul journeys, multiple or occasional drops, or you are simply transporting you and your team to jobs there will be a van for you!
Ford Transit Custom
The Ford Transit has been a popular choice for many years now and the latest model, the Custom, has a really good load space for a mid-sized van. Not only this, it has great driving performance which over the years we have come to expect from Ford. There is, of course, a steal bulk-head, the option of either a long or short wheel base and the cabin is very car-like which should make your journeys more comfortable. The engine is a 2.2 litre TDCi which produces up to 155bhp. There are also eco-friendly versions of the Custom too in the form of the Econetic models which boast approximately 46.3mpg, although if you are looking for an automatic transmission this vehicle is not for you.
When it comes to large vans there aren’t many that come close to the Sprinter. This is because there is a variety of body styles – nine to be precise, and you also have the choice of three wheelbases, four body lengths and if that wasn’t enough, a choice of three roof heights! If you can’t find a version of the Sprinter that will suit your needs we are pretty confident that there isn’t a van out there for you!
You also have a choice of power when it comes to the Sprinter which ranges from 95bhp to 190bhp, however if you are looking for a more economic model then you can get up to 35mpg with the smaller diesel engines. The Sprinter is a popular choice with drivers who cover a lot of miles at a time and the famous badge at the front will definitely add a certain something to your business!
As previously mentioned, the Ford Transit is an old favourite in the van market and is leading the way in terms of panel vans for Ford. It is probably the most well-known of all the panel vans and not just in the commercial vehicle market. Of course, as time goes on each model will represent its predecessor, but they all have improvements in terms of technology as well as quality. One of the most recent improvements is the increase of the load space by 10 per cent. There has also been the improvement in power from the engines and fuel efficiency – what more could you want?
The Vauxhall Movano is another market favourite as it is one of the most versatile vehicles available considering that it is also one of the heaviest – ranging from 2,800kg to 4,500kg. This van also comes in a range of body lengths with different height options and, of course, engine size. If you are transporting your team to and from jobs then you can also request this van to be a 17 seat minibus. However, if you are opting for the 4.5 tonne vehicle it is likely that the 150bhp engine isn’t going to be enough and the fuel economy is not up to the same standards as other vans in the same category. However, the cabin has been built for drivers’ comfort meaning that its a great vehicle for those that are often on the road.
The Crafter is again a rather hefty vehicle ranging from 3,500kg to 5,000kg and has a similar body style and shape to that of the Sprinter, however Volkswagen use their own engines. The Crafter has a 2.0 litres turbo diesel engine with 109-163bhp. The interior of the vehicle means business: there is a durable, hard wearing feel to all of the materials used both in the load space and the cabin. There is also a lot of plastic, which, for the load space is probably ideal but for the cabin doesn’t create the most comfortable of environments.
No matter which vehicle you choose you need to ensure that it is going to be suitable for your needs and that you have a finance package that works with your business. Running a vehicle is often costly, especially as each year it depreciates in value, so don’t forget to find a commercial vehicle insurance policy that suits your needs as you don’t want to be under or over-paying each year.
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