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Is a petrol van a viable alternative to diesel?

I need to buy a second-hand medium sized van (1500kg load) for my business, but as I need an engine with some power should I go for diesel bearing in mind the new M0T regulations, or is there a good petrol engine model that will do the job?

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Petrol engines in large vans tend to be expensive, both to buy and fuel. And unless you cover lots of short runs on the day-to-day, we'd recommend choosing a Euro6 diesel. Not only will this provide affordable running costs, but you'll also be exempt from urban pollution charges. A Ford Transit Custom with the 170PS 2.0 diesel will provide plenty of power and carry 1200-1460kg, depending on bodystyle.

The twin-turbo version of the Vauxhall Vivaro is also impressive and (depending on spec) will carry payloads weighing up to 1281kg.
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