Vauxhall Movano Electric Review 2024

Vauxhall Movano Electric At A Glance


+Vastly improved range, good value pricing, impressive torque and performance

-Dated dynamics

Up until the latest generation, the Vauxhall Movano Electric has been a van with limited appeal – desirable for its size and versatility, but hampered by steep pricing and a limited range. But for the latest model the battery range has increased by over 100 miles and the price has been slashed by over 20%. Does it now make sense? Read our full Vauxhall Movano Electric review to find out. 

The original Vauxhall Movano Electric had a difficult gestation – based on the 2021-on Movano that shared its bodywork and engines with the Peugeot Boxer, Citroen Relay and Fiat Ducato. As a large van, it was a capable machine, but it lacked the versatility of its predecessor, which was a joint venture van built alongside the ultra-versatile Renault Master.

The electric variant debuted soon after launch, but in electric van terms was always a bit of an also-ran, initially with a range of 139 miles from its 70kWh battery and then 154 miles thanks to a 75kWh unit. Both drove well but represented a compromise thanks to their limited range and high list price.

Today, it’s a more convincing option. As well as being over £12,000 less expensive to buy, the latest Vauxhall Movano Electric is powered by an electric motor producing 272PS and 400Nm of torque – increases of 150PS and 140Nm over its predecessor. Thanks to the new 110kWh battery, it can now cover up to 261 miles (WLTP) on a single charge and is equipped as standard with a three-phase 11kW onboard charger. It is also the first Vauxhall capable of charging at 150kW from a DC rapid charger, enabling a 0-80% charge in just 55 minutes. For most van drivers, that makes it eminently more usable.

Just one trim level is available – Prime – and there’s a wide range of body styles, with a choice of three vehicle lengths, two wheelbases and three heights, as well as Panel Van, Window Van, chassis Double Cab, platform and back-to-back versions ideal for converters. At its largest, the Vauxhall Movano Electric has a cargo volume of 17 cubic metres and a payload of up to two tonnes.

Additional practicality is provided by an optional 230V socket, positioned in the centre of the dashboard. This helps to easily charge electrical devices such as laptops, electric tool batteries, tablets and other low power appliances that require electricity up to 150 Watts.

An extensive array of safety systems is included, with a rear-view parking camera, rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition and intelligent speed assist as standard.

It also gets a new 10-inch touchscreen with TomTom sat nav, keyless entry, an electronic parking brake, automatic air conditioning and a new seven-inch digital instrument cluster.

In essence, then, the Vauxhall Movano is a huge forward leap over its predecessor – of that, make no mistake. But there are still many areas in which the basic van really shows its age, and for some buyers the improvements won’t be enough to disguise the fact that the Vauxhall Movano Electric is based on an aged design that can trace its roots back to 2006.

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