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The best vans in the automotive market

No matter whether you are looking to buy a van for work or leisure, it can often be a daunting task as there are so many options to choose from.

Despite the array of choice, there is certain to be a van out there that will be perfect for you. Here the Automotive Blog has come up with the top six vans available on the market that are our top choices.

Ford Transit Custom

Ford Transit

The Ford Transit Custom is a mid-sized van that still boasts the superb driving and performance levels that we have become accustomed to with Ford in recent years.

The van has loads of space for workmen and women to store their tools, and the latest Transit model is available in van, double-cab-in-van or kombi variants. If that isn’t enough, then drivers can also take advantage of the many advanced features that the Transit Custom model boasts, such as the Ford SYNC voice control and MP3/phone connectivity system, as well as its fuel-saving ECOnetic technologies like Auto Start-Stop and Smart Regenerative Charging.

It is certainly worth taking the Transit Custom for a test drive, which you can do at local Ford van dealers in Yeovil and other Ford specialists across the UK.

Nissan Navara

Another popular van/pick-up is the double-cab Nissan Navara. Despite being quite pricey, the 4×4 pick-up is just at home on roads as it is off-road, which is helped by its low-ratio gearbox.

The 3-litre V6 diesel engine that its Outlaw model possesses is very popular amongst its fan base, as well as its seven-speed automatic gearbox. The Nissan Navara as previously mentioned is quite expensive and generally the vehicle costs around £30,000.

Mercedes Vito

Despite the Mercedes Sprinter being more renowned, experts at Auto Express believe the Mercedes Vito 2015 model is about to challenge its older brother in the van market.

Now the Mercedes Vito has rear-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive models available to customers, as well as an advanced 1.6-litre diesel engine for its front-wheel-drive model and a 2.1-litre diesel engine for its rear-wheel-drive model.

The van offers superb comfort and technology and has certainly closed the gap on other van models.

Vauxhall Movano

The Vauxhall Movano is another high-quality model in the heavy vans sector as its gross vehicle weight ranges from 2,800kg to 4,500kg.

The Movano comes in four different body lengths, three different heights and three different engine types: 100bhp, 125bhp or 150bhp. The van is perfect for long-distance delivery drivers as its six-way adjustable driver’s seat offers drivers a comfortable journey during their travels.

Mercedes Sprinter

Mercedes Sprinter

The Mercedes Sprinter is the more popular brother of the Mercedes Vito van and along with the Ford Transit Custom van is arguably one of the best commercial vehicles on the market.

Available in nine different body styles, this large van gives customers a choice of four body lengths, three roof heights and three different wheelbase options.

The power of the van goes from 95bhp to 190bhp and whatever engine size you decide to get, you are guaranteed to get good economy from your model.

Ford Ranger

This pick-up truck has an astonishing 3.5-tonne towing capacity in its armoury and comes in a single cab, super or double-cab models. The four-wheel drive is perfect for someone’s work and is also a great purchase if you are looking for a quality vehicle to drive for leisure.

Car experts all agree that the Ford Ranger is a really great buy, no matter what you want it for.


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