September 25, 2019

Large vans – A guide to towing capacities 2019

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Looking for a new van for towing? You may be best choosing a large van, with certain large vans being able to tow up to 3.5 tonnes! However this can differ but up to 1.5 tonnes, at Vansdirect we compare all the large vans on the market and choose the top 5 vans for towing with a 3.5 tonne gross vehicle weight

Vansdirect investigates the top 5 large vans for towing. In a competitive segment that includes the big hitting Mercedes Sprinter, Peugeot Boxer and Ford Transit, which is the best large van when you are required to tow a particularly heavy load?

5. Mercedes Sprinter – 2,000kg-3,500kg

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In fifth place in the large vans towing capacity war is the iconic Mercedes Sprinter van. Basic models of the Mercedes van, if you can use such a word to describe such a high quality van can tow 2000kg across the board, however if you specify a reinforced trailer coupling, this is boosted to 3,500kg.

4. 3. Volkswagen Crafter, MAN TGE – 2,500kg-3,000kg

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Front wheel drive versions of the VW Crafter van are able to tow between 2,500kg (102ps models) and 3,000kg (140ps and 177ps models), however rear-wheel drive VW Crafter vans push this all the way up to 3,500kg. A large van which unsurprisingly matches these figures due to the basis that it is based on the same platform as the VW van is the MAN TGE. With 2,500kg to 3,000kg available on front-wheel drive vans and 3,500kg available on rear-wheel drive VW vans.

2. Ford Transit – 2,100kg-3,600kg

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Ford Transit towing capacity has always been a particularly impressive feature, with the entire Ford Transit range capable of towing in excess of 2,100kg, Heavy Duty RWD models of the Ford Transit can tow up to a staggering 3,600kg! However payload is compensated for in these Heavy Duty models, at 968kg.

1. Iveco Daily – 3,500kg across range

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Built with the solid ladder frame chassis used from Iveco trucks, all 3.5 tonne models of the Iveco Daily van can tow 3,500kg. Gross train weight figures up to 7 tonnes also means that you load the van and the trailer to their limits and still be road legal! When looking at large vans for towing, the Iveco Daily van appears to be in a class of its own.

We’ve told you the top 5, we may as well reveal the remainder of the top 10 large vans for towing!

In joint sixth, seventh and eighth place, just missing out on our top 5 large vans for towing were the Renault Master, Vauxhall Movano and Nissan NV400 triplets which in can tow between 2,500kg-3,000kg in regular 3.5-tonne models. You can specify rear-wheel drive versions with a heavy-duty twin wheel rear axle which raises the towing capacity to 3,500kg however these exceed the 3.5-tonne GVW to be driven on a standard UK driving licence.

In joint ninth, tenth and eleventh place are the sister vans: the Citroen Relay, Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato. These all tow between 2,500kg-3,000kg depending on the model. Not only do they have impressive towing capacities, class-leading payloads and fuel economy also ensures your towing is completely efficient.

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Looking for a new large van? You can check out our range here! We have flexible finance options available on all of our new large vans. Options include: van leasing, contract hire and hire purchase. Call us now on 0800 169 69 95…. Or enquire online to get the ball rolling on a brand new large van today!