Top 10: Large vans
These are the best large vans for sale right now from the UK's biggest-selling brands. From the Ford Transit to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter, these are the UK's top 10 large vans.
Remember, you can only drive a diesel van weighing up to 3.5 tonnes on a standard driving licence. The only exemption to this rule is if you passed your test before January 1997 - then you may automatically be able to drive larger, heavier vehicles weighing up to 7.5 tonnes.
The MAN TGE is a true heavyweight champion of the large van market. All versions are easy to drive, practical and supported by MAN's comprehensive truck service network. Gross vehicle weights span from 3.0 - 5.5 tonnes, which means there is a TGE to suit every heavy duty van task.
The Fiat Ducato is one of the most spacious large vans on the market, thanks to payload capacities that run from 1000kg to 2190kg. Cab comfort is good throughout and the MultiJet diesel engines are flexible and reasonably frugal performers.
The Peugeot's Boxer is the mechanical twin to the Fiat Ducato, so there’s little to choose between the two. Like the Fiat, the Boxer's load sill is among the lowest on the market, at between 493mm and 602mm, which means loading it is pain free. Payload capacities range from 1000kg to 1900kg.
Like its Fiat and Peugeot stablemates, the Citroen Relay is one of the largest vans in its class, with the long wheelbase versions providing a colossal 17 cubic metres of load space. The 2.0 BlueHDi diesels are available with 110PS, 130PS and 163PS, while the modern and durable cabin is comfortable for a long day behind the wheel.
Renault’s large van is designed to cope with the most demanding of jobs, with the Master boasting load volumes of up to 17m cubic metres. Maximum payloads are equally impressive, with the largest vans carrying up to 2.1 tonnes. There are four wheelbase lengths and three roof heights to choose on panel vans.
The Ford Transit is one of the most capable vans you can buy. There are 450 model variants, with three load lengths and two load heights to choose from. Jumbo Transits have a load volume of 15.1 cubic metres while gross vehicle weights peak at 4.7 tonnes.
Easy to drive and packed with tech, the Crafter is as comfortable and refined as anything you'll find in Volkswagen's car range. The largest versions will easily carry six Euro pallets and offer gross vehicle weights of 5.5 tonnes.
A toolbox on wheels, the Sprinter does everything you'd expect from a big van with low running costs and a maximum payload of 3.1 tonnes. There's lots of driver tech too, with the Sprinter getting everything from autonomous city braking to a drowsiness detection system that'll prompt the driver to take a break if it detects mistakes being made on the road.
The Movano range has been around for a while now and the latest version is a sound choice for those after maximum practicality and low running costs. With maximum cargo capacities ranging from 8.0 to 17 cubic metres, depending on which model you choose, the Movano offers more space than the Ford Transit and Volkswagen Crafter when comparing like-for-like models.
Other vans may offer better refinement but there’s no arguing with the huge load capacity on offer with the Iveco. It’s easy to see why it proves so popular with buyers and while the driving experience is only so-so, it's very robust.Available as a rear-wheel drive model only, there’s a choice of 2.3-litre or 3.0-litre engines which both offer decent economy.