I need an efficient van

I drive a long way on the motorway hauling quite heavy loads of metal, so I need a capable van, but I want to save a bit of cash on diesel. Is there anything out there?

Asked on 31 January 2013 by Klondike Pete

Answered by John Slavin
Obviously if you're carrying heavy stuff you'll need a van with a decent payload rating, so vehicles like the longer wheelbase Iveco Daily, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Vauhall Movano make sense. Fuel economy is very dependent on load and configuration, but official figures are around 30mpg for these three.
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