If you want a fuel efficient small van, these are your best bets.
1. Ford Fiesta Van Econetic 1.6 TDCi – 85.6 mpg – £12,340
First up, we’ve got the new Ford Fiesta-derived van which clocks up an astounding 85.6 mpg. It is made in a wind-powered factory in Dagenham and is the greenest van around. It’s got a cubic metre of space and half a tonne load capacity. It’s specially designed to be aerodynamic as well as having a low roll friction. It is however pricey and fuel savings should only amount to roughly 35 gallons per year, only £214.
2. Fiat Punto Van 1.3 Multijet 85 S/S – 80.7 mpg – £10,990
The Fiat Punto Van also has an impressive performance. It’s smooth riding but has a punchy little engine. It can carry just over half a tonne, and has a cargo volume of a cubic metre. It’s got everything you need – airbags, remote central locking, electric heated wing mirrors as well as a good level of driver position adjustability.
3. Vauxhall Corsa Van 1.3 95 Ecoflex – 78.3 mpg – £11,647
Close behind is the Corsa Van at 78.3mpg. With this, you get a load capacity of 550kg and a smaller volume of 0.92m3. With a 60,000 mile or three year warrantee, this promises to be a reliable machine indeed.
4. Peugeot Bipper Van SE HDi 75 S/S EGC – 68.9 mpg – £10,695
The Bipper, based on the Punto chassis, although having 10mpg less than the Corsa has a load volume of over double it – 2.5m3 as well as a payload of 660kg. Usefully, it has asymmetric rear doors and it’s also the cheapest!
5. Fiat Fiorino Cargo Van 1.3 Mjet C’matic – 67.3 mpg – £10,775
The Fiorino, also based on the same platform as the Punto comes close behind with the same load volume as the Bipper but being slightly taller. It has been praised for the amount of space available in the cab, having the best seats in its class. It even comes with two sliding rear doors.
What’s for sure is that these vans will not only be cheap on petrol and van insurance, but also road tax with the clamping down of polluting vehicles.