Top 10: Crew cab vans
Crew Cab vans are increasingly popular, both with businesses that have a need to take workers on site and owner-operators who need their van to double up as a family car at the weekends. Here are our 10 favourites.
Vauxhall Vivaro Double Cab
The Vivaro has been relaunched following the PSA takeover of Vauxhall, which means that the Vivaro no longer shares its architecture with the Renault Trafic. Instead, it’s based on the Peugeot Expert/Citroen Dispatch body, which is lower and longer. It’s a good van - its overload indicator is a feature of particular note - but it’s not cheap. Vauxhall’s business-focused van centres make it our choice of the trio.
Ford Transit Custom Double Cab-in-Van
It’s still the best-seller despite being one of the older vans in the medium sector, with the Transit Custom’s popularity showing no signs of slowing down. The Double Cab is especially popular, which makes it a great choice for small businesses and owner operators who need the added practicality of a six-seater van that will also carry up to two Euro pallets (in L2 spec).
Volkswagen Transporter Kombi
The Transporter has recently had a facelift to keep it competitive in a rapidly evolving medium van sector, the latest ‘6.1’ version getting a new front end and a revised cabin with improved multimedia. Available with two roof heights and in two different wheelbases, the Kombi holds its value better than many of its rivals with camper van converters snapping up the best used examples.
Renault Trafic Crew Van
Spacious and comfortable, the Trafic Crew is a six-seater that shares its architecture with the Fiat Talento and previous generation Vauxhall Vivaro. It’s not the newest in the sector, but its modern looks and good equipment levels mean it’s still more than competitive. Some operators are even going over to Renault from Vauxhall as they prefer the van to the new Vivaro.
Peugeot Expert Crew Van
The Expert Crew Van is essentially the same van as the Vauxhall Vivaro, but with a different front end, fewer trim levels and a smaller dealer network. Nevertheless, it’s still one of the best mid-sizers on the market, and the five or six-seat Combi offers decent comfort and passenger space with a floor-level load length of up to 2.3 metres.
Mercedes-Benz Vito Crew Van
The Vito Crew Van isn’t cheap but it is a well-finished and good looking van that will give customers a good impression of your business. It’s also comfortable and spacious. The range is vast, with different heights, wheelbases and engine choices, making it a particularly versatile choice if you’re buying new. All Crew Van variants will carry six adults, along with a Euro pallet in the back.
Citroen Berlingo Crew Van
Citroen’s Crew Van derivative is one of the cheapest double cabs on the market right now and is a thoroughly decent package - spacious, well-equipped and decent to drive, with a useful load bay. It’s essentially the same van as the Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo Cargo, though the Crew Van is only offered on the longer wheelbase variants.
Vauxhall Combo Cargo Crew Van
The people who make car badges must love this one, as it’s one of the longest vehicle names on the market. The Combo Cargo Crew Van is a panel van version of the Combo Life, which is sold as a utilitarian MPV and is, itself, based on the Combo Cargo Van. It’s one of the smallest double cabs on the market, but its clever design means it’s still a capable load carrier, with room for a standard Euro pallet in the back.
Ford Transit Connect Double Cab
The Transit Connect is one of the few small double cab vans that has a six-seat option, with a choice of either a single or twin passenger seat in the cab, behind which is a three-seat bench. Available in L1 or L2 van sizes, the largest Double Cab provides 1.6 cubic metres of load space, while a dealer in every town also makes it an easy van to own and maintain.
Volkswagen Caddy Kombi
The five-seater version of the Caddy is a popular choice with leisure users as much as it is with businesses - the cachet of the Volkswagen badge among surfing and mountain bike communities making it a popular choice for those who like a van for the weekend. That doesn’t stop it being a useful van for work duties, though, with a load length of 1.6 metres and a maximum payload of 637kg.