Vauxhall to slash price of electric models as new van line-up goes on sale

Vauxhall has announced the prices and specification of its heavily facelifted van range, with the price of electric models including significant price reductions on its electric vans.

The new Vauxhall Movano Electric is a whopping £12,000 cheaper than its predecessor, while the Combo Electric is £4750 less expensive than the old model. The Vivaro Electric sees less of a price adjustment but is still £2580 lower than the old model.

Vauxhall’s new van range kicks off with the Vauxhall Combo, on sale in Prime and Pro trim levels with two body lengths and a five-seat crew van option.

The Vauxhall Combo Electric is available from £26,800 plus VAT (after the Plug-in Van Grant (PiVG). It uses a 136PS electric motor and a larger 50kWh battery, boosting its range to 205 miles.

Diesel models are from £21,920 plus VAT with 100PS and 130PS versions of the proven 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, the latter offered with an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The mid-size Vauxhall Vivaro and Vauxhall Vivaro Electric, which will be built in Luton, are also available in two lengths with a payload of up to 1.4 tonnes and a variety of body options including double cab and chassis cab variants.

The Vauxhall Vivaro Electric is now priced at £37,805 plus VAT (after PiVG), with a range increase of 217 miles – 12 miles greater than the old model thanks to a larger 75kWh battery pack, coupled to a 136PS electric motor. It also has the option of a power take-off unit to power tools and refrigeration equipment.

There are three diesels as well - priced from £28,625 plus VAT. The cheapest of these is a 120PS 1.5-litre with a six-speed manual gearbox, with more powerful variants using a 2.0-litre unit with 145PS or 180PS.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on the lower powered model, with an eight-speed auto standard on the most powerful derivative. Two trim levels are offered – Prime and Pro.

The Vauxhall Movano and Movano Electric complete the Vauxhall van line-up with the new Electric model now priced from £46,135 plus VAT (after PiVG). That represents a saving of £12,350 over the previous model. It uses a new 110kWh battery, with a WLTP range of 261 miles via a 272PS electric motor with 400Nm of torque – substantial increases over its predecessor.

Diesel are priced from £32,285 plus VAT and consist of a 140PS 2.2-litre turbo diesel, paired with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, or a 180PS auto-only model.  

All Movanos are offered in multiple body layouts as well as platform and chassis cabs. A hydrogen-powered Movano is also imminent, with order books set to open towards the end of the year ahead of first deliveries in 2025.

Orders for the rest of the models are open now, with the first vans arriving later in spring.

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Is a used Ford Transit Custom a reliable buy?

I am looking at a 2016 Ford Transit Custom, however I have read terrible reviews of this year’s model. The model I am looking at is a limited black 2.0 TDCi 130ps with 80000 miles on the clock. I am aiming to use it as my only vehicle, replacing my car and campervan to cut down costs. Annual mileage will be about 5000 miles.I am a 70 year old woman and live on a small pension, so cannot afford any costly problems. Would you recommend this vehicle, or do you suggest I steer clear of it?
There are a few known issues with cambelt failure on "wet belt" engines on this model (without seeing the VIN plate we can't tell you if it is a wet belt engine or not) but otherwise reliability is good. The issue is that sometimes the belt fails before Ford's recommended seven-year/144,000 mile replacement. Given the age and mileage of the van you're looking at we'd either insist on a new cambelt before sale or alternatively, if it's a private sale, factor in a cambelt replacement cost of circa £750 into the price you offer for the van. Otherwise the Ford Transit Custom is a great van to drive with plenty of affordable parts and repair options.
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