September 02, 2020

What is the best small van to buy in 2020?

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What is the best small van on the market? With so many to choose between, picking the best small van for your business may seem daunting. Not to fear, the team of new van experts at Vansdirect are here to help as we count down the 5 best small vans on the market this year!

Best small vans

Vansdirect has taken into consideration all of the small vans currently on sale in the UK market and chosen our top five from the list. From the top five we have ranked these from five to one taking into consideration all of the factors that customers are usually looking for from a small van.

As an example, small vans should be easy to drive, however still offer a sufficient amount of payload to ensure you stay within the law and carry all the tools for the job. Fuel economy is also an important factor when weighing up small vans, whilst a comfortable cabin is also desirable for those who spend large amounts of their working day inside their vans.

Here is our countdown of the best small vans on the market in 2020:

5. Volkswagen Caddy van

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The personification of quality in the small van market, the VW Caddy has a glowing reputation for build quality whilst also offering excellent levels of driver comfort and a raft of the latest safety technology. The VW Caddy has been on sale in its current guise since 2015 and remains an excellent choice of small van which ticks all the boxes of comfort, load volume, quality and reliability.

Check out our review of the Volkswagen Caddy van

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4. Ford Transit Connect van

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The highest selling van in the small van market, the Ford Transit Connect van underwent a major midlife update in 2018 which helped to maintain its strong position against other small vans, with even in house competition being strong in the form of the Ford Transit Courier and Ford Fiesta vans, both albeit at the smaller end of the scale. A new 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine improved the already impressive economy figures, whilst the revised interior was a significant advancement over the previous model. As is the case with all Ford vans, the Ford Transit Connect van is also an excellent van to drive.

Check out our review of the Ford Transit Connect van

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3. Vauxhall Combo van

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The previous Vauxhall Combo van was based on the Fiat Doblo Cargo van, however the new Vauxhall Combo van is one of the joint-newest small vans for sale, sharing underpinnings with the new Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans and the results are incredibly impressive. The trio have already been crowned International van of the year 2019 and WhatVan? Van of the Year 2019. The three small vans are all superb in their own right, being comfortable and refined to drive, with functional cabins, the highest payload ratings in the segment and the latest technology. We’ve voted the Combo as the third best of the three just because of the specifications, with safety kit which you can get as standard on top spec Berlingo and Partner vans is only available as an option on the Vauxhall Combo. Ignore that and it’s just as good.

Check out our review of the Vauxhall Combo van

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2. Peugeot Partner van

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In second place in the small vans market and in the PSA trio of small vans is the Peugeot Partner, the Partner is an excellent option for anyone searching for a small van. The only option we have opted for the Partner behind its stablemate could be a selling point for many customers who don’t agree with us, that is the small steering wheel and high dashboard layout taken from the Peugeot passenger cars range. The i-cockpit design may mean that some people need to compromise their preferred driving position and takes some storage practicality from the cab.

Check out our review of the Peugeot Partner van

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1. Citroen Berlingo van

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The Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo vans are all but identical and you’d be forgiven for opting for any of the three for your choice of small van, but at Vansdirect we’d just slightly plump for the Citroen Berlingo of the three. The smaller steering wheel in the Partner van may not be everyone’s cup of tea, whilst the trim levels of the Combo means that high tech kit such as the overload indicator is only on the options list. Well equipped, a comfortable and functional interior and class leading payload, the Citroen Berlingo is the Vansdirect best small van on the market 2019!

Check out our review of the Citroen Berlingo van

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