Which 3.5-tonne van has the greatest payload?

Which 3.5-tonne panel van, new or old (preferred), has the greatest payload? The van will have to carry a lot of weight occasionally, so front-wheel drive would be more convenient, but would a bigger engine be better than a smaller engine in terms of fuel economy, as the engine is less stressed? The Renault Master/Vauxhall Movano is looking like the best so far. Overall running costs are also an important factor. It will be used as a mobile workshop for agricultural purposes.

Asked on 13 July 2010 by dieselbob1986

Answered by David Ross
The biggest payload 3.5t van would be an Iveco as these are based on truck chassis so they're designed for heavy duty work. The Master/Movano (and the Nissan Interstar, which is the same van) are decent choices, but avoid the smaller powered engines - like you point out, the bigger engines will be less stressed if you're moving weight and will work out more economical on fuel.
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