Small vans are becoming more and more popular in the UK, with growth in both the small enterprise sector and our increasingly urbanised population requiring more nimble vehicles to navigate tight city streets, but which one is best for you and your business? Here is our take on the Top 5 Best Small Vans in the UK:
5 – Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Partner
With a reasonable price tag and respectable build quality, the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner are typically viewed as run-of-the-mill vans. The current model is over 10 years old, and both manufacturers have recently started to stuff them with more kit, which means they’re even better value for money.
4 – Nissan NV200
As the only Asian-developed small van from any of the mainstream manufacturers, the Nissan NV200 has some pretty unique attributes. It’s high seating position offers commanding views of the road ahead, the turning circle is best in class and the it also has the highest roof height.
3 – Fiat Doblo
There’s no faulting the Fiat Doblo’s practicality; it’s fuel efficient, there’s a large load area and it offers more than a tonne in payload. The main distraction is the residual values; Fiat’s troubled past means it won’t be worth much when it comes time to sell – but the van itself is excellent.
2 – Ford Transit Connect
The Ford Transit Connect is the best-seller in this segment, and it’s not hard to see why. Derived from a car chassis, the Transit Connect is the best van of the lot to drive, there’s plenty of kit as standard and the running costs are low.
Best small van UK – Volkswagen Caddy
Topping our list for the best small van in the UK, however, is the Volkswagen Caddy. Fantastic build quality and exceptional residual values means the Caddy wins our vote, but it has a lot more to offer including a practical cab area, a tonne payload and up to 4.2 cubic metres of load space.