April 26, 2017
Small vans may not be able to carry heavy duty payloads like their bigger counterparts, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their uses.
There could be many reasons for getting a small van. They’re cheaper to run, can be taken pretty much anywhere that a car can go and are very convenient.
If you’re looking for a new van that can carry a decent cargo weight, yet able to negotiate busy city centres or fit into an awkward parking space, then check out our small vans!
One of the smallest vans on this list, The Peugeot Bipper is almost identical to Fiat’s Fiorino and Citroen’s Nemo. A small box-shaped van no bigger than a car, the Bipper offers a loadspace of 2.8 cubic metres, despite its compact footprint. As you’d expect from an entry-level van, options are limited with only one engine, length and height available. The 1.3-litre diesel engine achieves a claimed 69mpg.
The Vauxhall Combo is another small van that has a ‘close relative’ in the Fiat Doblo Cargo. Based on the Italian manufacturer’s vehicle, the Combo provides an ample and flexible load area coupled with a class-leading payload ranging from 750kg to over a tonne. All but the most powerful 2.0-litre version of the Vauxhall Combo’s diesel power units return at least 50mpg on the combined cycle.
A Vansdirect favourite, we’ve already detailed 5 reasons to buy the Citroen Berlingo. One of the most economical vans on the market with fuel economy of up to 62.8mpg, it’s also cheap to insure and the Enterprise version comes with vehicle tracking as standard – as well as a host of other luxury features. A swivelling bulkhead and a roof flap option mean that it’s practical, too. The Berlingo is one of the only small vans to offer a dual front passenger seat.
The Renault Kangoo offers excellent build quality, a load area of 3 cubic metres and a car-like driving experience. Its low insurance group and excellent fuel economy of up to 60mpg make it very cheap to run. Like the Berlingo, Renault’s Kangoo features a swivelling bulkhead for flexibility and a roof flap option – useful if you carry awkward loads. In addition to the Kangoo, there’s the Kangoo Maxi, offering longer a load area length.
Yet another van with a link to another, the Mercedes Citan is based on the Renault Kangoo and shares its diesel engine options. But Mercedes’ small van is not just a rebadged Renault Kangoo. The Citan offers more options with three lengths available and a folding passenger seat to extend the load floor length. It’s also cheap to run with a claimed fuel economy of up to 65.7mpg and insurance groups 5e to 9e – but as with any Mercedes product it’s a lot more expensive than other small vans on the market.