February 26, 2021

Large vans – A guide to towing capacities 2021

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A time may well come when you need to tow something behind your van, either for personal or business reasons, whether that’s a trailer or another vehicle. If you think that’s likely to apply to you, read on.

Of course, you’ll need to stay legal and safe. So bear in mind Gross Train Weight (GTW) or Gross Combination Weight (GCW), the total, legally permissible combined weight of the vehicle, trailer and everything that’s being carried.

Your best bet for towing purpose is likely to be a larger van – some can pull up to 3.5 tonnes. We’ve compared these vehicles on the current market, so you don’t have to. Here’s our list of the top five vans for towing, with up to a 3.5-tonne GVW or Gross Vehicle Weight. (This is the maximum weight a vehicle or trailer can be including the maximum load that can be carried safely.)

We’ve investigated this competitive segment to come up with our top five. Read all about them:

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

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In fifth place in the contest for the best large vans for towing capacity is the ubiquitous, iconic Mercedes Sprinter. Even the entry-level versions of this top-quality model can tow up to 2,000kg. However, if you opt for a model with reinforced trailer coupling, you get a 3,500kg towing capacity.

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

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Front-wheel drive versions of the VW Crafter can tow between 2,500kg (102ps models) and 3,000kg (140ps and 177ps models). However, with the rear-wheel drive version this goes up as high as 3,500kg. The Crafter also took Best Large Van 2021 in the What Car? Awards, which we at Vansdirect sponsor.

The award-winning MAN TGE, the van based on the same platform as its Crafter sibling, matches these figures, offering 2,500kg to 3,000kg for front-wheel drive models, 500kg more maximum for the rear-wheel drives. It’s also a hugely comfortable drive.

2. Ford Transit – 2,100kg-3,600kg

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The Ford Transit, of course, is an absolute industry juggernaut and its towing capacity has always been an impressive element of what it can do. Indeed, the entire Ford Transit range is capable of towing more than 2,100kg. Heavy-duty rear-wheel drive models in the line-up can tow up to an incredible 3,600kg, with payload at 968kg in the heavier-duty versions.

1. Iveco Daily – 3,500kg across range

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Constructed with the solid ladder frame chassis used on Iveco trucks, all 3.5-tonne versions of the Iveco Daily van can tow up to 3,500kg. GTW can be as high as 7 tonnes, allowing you to load your van and trailer to their limits and still be perfectly legal in the road.

Make no mistake – when it comes to large towing vehicles, the Daily is genuinely in a class of its own.

But that’s not all …

There are so many great vans for sale in this category that of course you’re not confined to our top five.

The Renault Master, Movano and Nissan NV400 sibling vehicles, for example, take joint sixth, seventh and eighth places. Their regular 3.5-tonne models can tow between 2,500 and 3,000kg. Specify rear-wheel drive versions with a heavy-duty twin-wheel rear axle to increase towing capacity by 500kg, although these exceed the limit to be driven on a regular UK licence.

The joint ninth, tenth and eleventh slots are again taken up by a trio of siblings – the Citroen Relay, Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato. All three tow between 2,500 and 3,000kg, depending on the particular model. Along with these capacities, class-leading payloads and fuel economy provide to give complete overall towing efficiency.

Offering rather less capacity at up to 2,500kg from 1,800kg and 1,300kg respectively, the VW Transporter and Mercedes Vito are also worthy of consideration.

Deals on large vans with great towing capacities

If you’re on the lookout for a new large van with a good towing capacity, check out what we at Vansdirect have to offer. View our range here. Remember, as well as large vans for sale, we have various flexible finance options, such as van leasing, contract hire and hire purchase.

Talk to our highly professional, capable sales team today before you do anything else. Alternatively, you can drop us an email or contact us online.