Keeping you up to speed
Since way back beyond the launch of the legendary Ford Transit in 1965, Britain’s businesses large and small have loved their vans. Vans are the versatile workhorses that keep companies moving, whether they are delivering goods or transporting tools, distributing parcels or collecting for charities.
From the sandwich van that brightens up your lunchtime, to the box van you hire to move house, vans are a huge part of our culture. But which are our favourites, and which offer the best value for cash strapped companies and families?
1. The Ford Transit Van has been one of Britain’s best selling vans since it was launched almost 50 years ago, and remains so to this day. Described as the ‘Backbone of Britain’, it is the most versatile, easy to drive and above all reliable van that money can buy. Priced around £17,000 it is the best investment your business can make.
2. The Transit Connect Van is the baby brother of the Transit, designed for the demands of smaller businesses. Cheaper than the full sized model at just over £11,000, the Transit Connect Van combines small van style with Transit reliability to deliver a generous 3.4 cubic metres of cargo space in a van that will never let you down.
3. Rivalling the Transit Van for reliability, and with an undeniable style all its own, the Mercedes Sprinter is the van of choice for many major organisations. In fact, it has a claim to be Britain’s favourite van, having won the Fleet Van of the Year for the last 7 years running. However, with prices starting at over £20,000, the cost keeps it off the top spot.
4. At the other end of the scale, the Peugeot 207 van has proved hugely popular, offering compact transport for the one man band for as little as £8,000 and an impressive fuel economy of over 65mpg – a crucial factor as fuel prices rocket.
5. Also from the Peugeot Van stable comes the chunky Peugeot Bipper, boasting 2.8 cubic metres of load space and an excellent range of extras for around £8,500. This smart little van is a godsend in tight circumstances, with its compact design giving it a turning circle of under ten metres.
6. Surprisingly, the cheapest van on the market is not a car conversion, but the Vauxhall Combo van. With lots more space, both in the cab and the cargo hold, than the 207, for around the same price, the Combo is cheap to buy and cheap to run.
7. Also offering low running costs, albeit for a more costly £9,500 initial outlay, is the Renault Kangoo van. For the extra cash you get 3 cubic metres of load space, a frugal diesel engine and a generally higher spec that its cheaper rivals.
8. Ever aware of the financial pressures on small businesses, VW have made the new Volkswagen Caddy Van range more than 11% more fuel efficient for 2013. Offering a choice of 3.2 cubic metres, or a voluminous 4.2 cubic metres in the long wheelbase version, the Caddy Van is certainly spacious, but starting at £16,500, this Caddy is certainly not a cheap way to carry your clubs!
9. One of the more popular Transit lookalikes, the Renault Traffic Van offers a wide range of styles and generous cargo capacity. However, with prices starting as high as £19,400 it’s significantly more expensive than the Transit Van and often lacks the reliability of the original.
10. Completing our top ten is the nippy Citroen Berlingo. Sitting somewhere between the smaller vans and the Transit workhorses, with a capacity of 3.3 to 4.1 cubic metres, it offers great value from just £10,625. It’s a cheap van to run too, returning over 60mpg, and in a world that includes the Kangoo, perhaps the name isn’t as silly as it sounds either.
Naturally, the best van for your business will depend on a number of things, including load capacity and flexibility. However all businesses need to watch their budgets right now, and so list price and fuel economy have to feature highly in any company van choice.
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Prices correct as of Spring 2013