What's the best van to use for courier work?

Can you advise me what van would serve me better as a courier and what would be the best way to finance it?

Asked on 22 June 2018 by Malcolm

Answered by Dan Powell
It very much depends on how much you’ll be carrying and how far you'll be driving on a daily basis. If you'll be covering more than 15 miles per drop then a modern Euro6 diesel will meet your needs and avoid any emission zone charges. However, cover anything shorter than 15 miles and you'll leave yourself open to DPF problems: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-news/comment/van-drivers.../

The Ford Transit Custom is the best diesel van on sale right now, with lots of carrying capacity and car-like driving dynamics: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/ford/transit-cus.../

I’d also add the Vauxhall Vivaro and Toyota Proace to your list, with the latter getting a five year warranty as standard: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-top-10s/top-10-medium-va...0

If your deliveries will be mostly in towns/cities and involve lots of short runs then a petrol van might be a better option as it’ll avoid any costly DPF problems. The Volkswagen Transporter is offered with a 2.0 TSI petrol engine and provides similar carrying capacity to the standard diesel. We ran one for three months as a daily driver and you can read our long term test report here: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/our-vans/volkswagen-transpor.../
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