Logic4training's top 5 vans
Choosing the right van for your trade can be tricky. There are so many options available it can be difficult to know where to start.
The Ford transit alone has literally hundreds of different variations for it's basic models.
With so many different manufacturers building quality vehicles we thought we'd take a look at 5 of the most popular vans on the market.
These are the top 5 vans we see in our car park, on the road and being used by the trades.
Each one has it's pros and cons, we've tried to highlight the main ones.
Ford TransitThe Ford Transit, a national institution and the most popular choice for anyone looking for a versatile all-rounder. There are several models to choose from including the Transit Courier, Transit Connect, Transit custom and Transit Jumbo. Pros
- Running costs are reassuringly low even with the most powerful and biggest models
- Vast range, over 450 variants to choose from all of which are extremely customizable
- Low cost of repair
- Reliable and safe
- You may get bogged down with options
- Not a lot of storage room in the cabin space
Mercedes SprinterThe Mercedes Sprinter is a premium large van that screams quality through and through. With nine body styles it is also a versatile vehicle although not quite matching the transits vast range of models. Pros
- High performance options like all wheel drive, a fully automatic gearbox and up to 190 bhp engine.
- Gives a professional image
- Large load space available (from 7.5m3 to 17m3) and a large towing capacity
- Reliable and safe
- Can be expensive to run
- Extras like Bluetooth connectivity, Sat Nav and cruise control are expensive
- No front wheel drive versions
- High load floor
Renault TraficAnother extremely popular choice, the continentally styled Renault Trafic is a mid-sized panel van that is comfortable and offers great value for money. Pros
- Practical and extremely well thought out loading area with a low loading floor and on Business+ models and above there is an extra area that opens up for long objects like piping or planks. Clever.
- Decent reliability with affordable maintenance. Renault also offers PRO+, a network of courtesy vehicles should yours encounter a problem.
- Comfortable and spacious cabin area
- Good looking van
- Performance lags behind rival vans
- Not as many safety features as standard
- Only goes up to 8.6m3
VW TransporterThe Volkswagen T6 Transporter is one of the best looking vans on the market but it’s not just a pretty face. It means business, with sturdy build, incredible driving performance and loads of technology to boot. Pros
- Includes all of VW latest technology including Active Cruise control (ACC), Lane Change Assist, Automatic Post-Collision Braking and high beam assist. New models also meet European emissions legislation.
- Bluemotion technology which claims 15% fuel saving across the range
- Class leading performance and reliability
- Superb build quality in the cab and throughout
- In cab storage is lacking with impractical cup holders and an open dash tray.
- Some add-ons are quite expensive. For example VW’s 4motion all-wheel drive system costs an extra £2240
Fiat DucatoFiat’s flagship Ducato panel van has been around for 30 years and is popular throughout Europe, although you don’t see as many in the UK. Pros
- Incredibly low running costs. The entry level 110bhp 2.3 litre engine returns 44.1 mpg with the 130 and 148 models returning at an even better 45.6 mpg
- The Ducanto is massive (up to 17m3), with one of the largest load capacities in its class, only beaten by the biggest Mercedes Sprinter.
- Reliable engine
- Build quality lags behind rival vans slightly with some flimsy plastics
- Engine feels a little sluggish compared to other vans
- Confusing configuration options