Britain’s favourite commercial vehicles

Sales figures tell us which vans and commercial vehicles are flying out of dealerships – but that’s only half of the picture, since new models only make up a portion of the total number of vans on the road. So what about the total van ‘parc’ for the UK? Which vans are on the road in the highest numbers?

We requested figures from the SMMT and found out which commercial vehicles exist on the road with MoT and tax in the highest numbers, showing which vans and pick-ups really are the most popular with British drivers. Pictures are of the latest model, but numbers are for all examples, old or new. 

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Vauxhall Vivaro – 190,092 on the road

Vauxhall’s medium van falls a long way short of the Ford Transit in terms of sales, but it’s appreciably more common on the roads than the Renault Trafic, which is mechanically the same. It’s been for sale over two generations since 2001, with a new and much improved version arriving in 2014.

The latest van is very user-friendly, with plenty of touches designed with modern businesses in mind. There are various mounting systems for tablets or smartphones, plus there is a versatile load area with a through hatch into the cab, for loading long items like pipes or boards.

Read our Vauxhall van reviews

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