Top 10: Small vans
Looking for a practical and efficient small van? The Honest John Vans team has analysed the market to find the top 10 small vans for sale with two or three seats.
These vehicles are easy to drive, well-equipped and designed to carry heavy loads. From Ford to Volkswagen, these are the best small vans on sale today.
Smartly styled, efficient and practical, it's easy to see why the Transit Connect is so popular. Offered with petrol or diesel power, this small van has a maximum payload of 1000kg. It can also be fitted with a clever flip-up hatch that allows the van to carry long items measuring up to 3.4 meters in length.
The Citroen Berlingo is a brilliant small van, with its blend of affordable fuel costs and heavy duty payload making it a worthy rival to the Ford. The Berlingo is offered with a comprehensive range of Euro6 petrol and diesel engines, with the highlight being the 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 that returns an official 67mpg.
The Mercedes-Benz Citan’s based on the Renault Kangoo, but stands apart with better comfort and long distance refinement. All models will carry a Euro pallet between the rear wheelarches. Like its rivals from Citroen and Ford, The Citan provides up to 4.6 cubic metres of loadpace, while the 109CDI is advertised with 65mpg.
The latest Partner is a huge improvement over the old model, with its modern and refined cabin providing car-like comfort for up to three adults. Payloads range from 650kg to 1000kg, while foldable seats and bulkhead hatch will extend the load length of the van to 3.4 metres. The Partner has a good choice of petrol and diesel engines, too.
The Combo is built on the same platform as the Partner, which means it is - mechanically speaking - identical to its Peugeot counterpart. The Combo is available in Standard or XL body lengths and both will carry two Euro pallets. You can also get two or three seats up front, which adds another layer of practicality for this capable small van.
The Doblo Cargo is a capable and affordable small van. Payloads range from 750kg - 1005kg, while the largest versions will provide 5.0 cubic metres of loadspace. Fiat offers the Doblo with petrol or diesel engines. Add the generous levels of standard equipment and competitive finance packages and it's easy to see why this Italian small van is so popular.
The compact but capable Fiesta Van provides a useful 1.0 cubic metres of loadspace within the confines of a small hatchback. The van is capable of lugging 500kg payloads, while the completely flat floor and tie-down hooks make it easy to secure loads safely. Buyers can choose between petrol or diesel power, with the latter returning over 80mpg based on the official figures.
The Caddy is a class act, with car-like refinement and important safety tech (like automatic emergency braking) supplied as standard. Maximum payloads peak at 730kg, which means the Caddy can't match its rivals for outright carrying, but it will provide up to 4.2 cubic metres of loadspace.
The Kangoo is one of the elder statesmen of the van market, with the current model being launched back in 2008. However, while the Renault can't match the modern car-like feel of its rivals, it does deliver superb value and comfort. At the business end of things, the Kangoo provides up to 4.6 cubic metres of loadspace and returns an advertised 65mpg.
Cheap to buy, run and insure, the Citroen Nemo represents great value for tradespeople who want a compact and efficient van. The 660kg maximum payload will limit its usefulness for some, but it's difficult to deny the compact brilliance of the Nemo. All versions are well-equipped as standard and the HDi diesel engines are smooth and frugal.