All across the UK, people are buying or finance commercial vehicles to help kickstart their business or hobby. Available in all shapes and sizes, no matter what you need the van for, you can find one that will suit your needs. We’ve collected together the most popular commercial vehicles so you can see what sort of vans people near you might be financing. Who knows, you might get inspired to start a business or hobby of your own!
The most popular van by far is the Ford Transit. It comes in three different versions. The standard Transit, the Ford Transit Custom, and the Ford Transit Connect.
Available in front, rear or all-wheel drive options, the standard Transit’s size makes it ideal for almost any business type. Whether you want to transfer goods for delivery or your tools as a tradesman, the Transit has the height to make it suitable for almost any job.
The Ford Transit Custom is slightly smaller, although there’s still plenty of space for tools and goods inside. Despite not being as tall, the Custom still gives you an excellent high seating position, ideal for manoeuvring the van in and around busy streets.
The Ford Transit Connect is the smallest of the three. Where you might lack the same amount of space as the bigger versions, the big advantage of the Connect is that it drives like a normal car, so might be more attractive to those who don’t feel as comfortable with a larger van.
While the Transit may be an all-rounder, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is more of a premium choice. That’s best displayed in the advanced technology that comes with each model, from the phone connectivity that allows you to keep yourself entertained on long drives, to the safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane assist and even a driver fatigue detector that can warn you if you are falling asleep.
Aside from the tech, there’s a lot of space inside the Sprinter too, so you can fit tools or goods with ease, even if you’re on the taller side. It’s also one of the most fuel efficient vans on the road, thanks to a refined front-wheel drive system that manages any heavy pedal work.
Comparable in size to the Ford Transit Custom, the Vauxhall Vivaro has been designed to be a versatile vehicle, ideal for trades and deliveries. If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, then the electric version of the Vivaro is one of the best in class. On a full charge of the larger battery version (75kWh), you can get up to 205 miles of range. So you can drive around doing your business without having to stop too often for a recharge. But if you still want a petrol or diesel engine, then you’ll find them very economical too.
If your business takes you into the great outdoors, then a pick-up might be the most suitable option for you. The Ford Ranger is the most popular option by far, thanks to its excellent complement of safety technology, and the all-wheel drive that makes even the dirtiest of dirt roads a piece of cake.
Whether you want an open or closed rear load bed, you’ll have plenty of space for work and landscaping tools. There are also several variants available with two to five seats, depending on how big a workforce you need to take with you.
Quite possibly the most comfortable van to drive, the Volkswagen Transporter falls into the same size bracket as the Ford Transit Custom and Vauxhall Vivaro. The ride comfort comes from the smartly designed and balanced suspension, so even if you have a load in the back, you won’t be thrown around by bumpy roads. Like the Custom, the Transporter has a good seating position giving you an excellent vantage point of the road. There are a range of driving assistance options available too, from hill start and lane assist to traffic sign recognition – so your car can warn you if you miss an important safety message.
The Peugeot Expert is possibly the best van at taking the feel of driving a car and placing it into a commercial vehicle. So if you need a van for your business but don’t want to feel like you’re driving one, this could be the model for you.
It’s also one of the cheapest to run, thanks to its lightweight build that retains the size and space you need from a van without the heaviness that can burn through petrol. In fact, Peugeot drivers says it provides 5mpg better performance than other vans on the road.
Another French van, another classy option, the Renault Trafic is, in our opinion, the best looking of the vans in this list, thanks to that meaty front grille and headlight combination.
But it’s not just looks. There’s a good use of space in the back, over 8 cubic metres in fact. There are four engine options to choose from, so you can go for power or fuel economy, depending on what you need from the van. There are a whole host of features like climate control and rear parking camera to make your van driving as simple as possible.
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