Best van to buy in 2014 What is the best van available in 2014? Here are our top 10 vans and pick ups to help you decide Finding the best van for your needs can be a daunting task.
There's simply so much choice, with a wide and often confusing range of body styles from a wide variety of commercial vehicle makers that it can be hard to sift through all the options.But there's sure to be a van out there that will suit your needs. And whether it's a rugged go anywhere pick up truck you need, a compact delivery van or a long distance load lugger, chances are you'll find something that fits the bill below in our list of the top 10 best vans.Click on the links below to read our full in depth review of each van.The latest Ford Transit Custom combines all the load space and practicality you'd expect of a mid sized van, with the impressive driving and performance we've become used to from Ford's passenger cars.So as well as practical touches like a full width steel bulkhead with a load through facility, and long or short wheelbases, the 2.2 litre TDCi engine range offers up to 155bhp, up to 46.3mpg on Econetic models. The cabin is also impressively car like, with options such as Bluetooth or DAB radio. The only downside is that the range doesn't yet offer an automatic transmission. The Custom is so good, we named it as our 2013 Van of the Year.No other large van comes close to matching the Mercedes Sprinter's impressive breadth of talents or its versatility. It's available in nine different bodystyles on three coach outlet handbags popular wheelbases, four different body lengths and three roof heights.Power ranges from 95bhp to 190bhp, with up to 35mpg economy available from the smallest diesel versions, delivering a good mix of economy and motorway hauling ability. An impressive ride makes Sprinters popular with those who coover high mileages, while the famous badge and premium feel can add a sheen of professionalism for small businesses.The impressive Isuzu D Max is our favourite pick up truck, offering low running costs, a five year warranty and a 3.5 tonne towing capacity. It's also available in single cab or double cab configurations and offers a load capacity of just over 1,000kg, making it exempt from VAT if you're registered.The D Max also feels marginally smaller than the Volkswagen Amarok or Ford Ranger making it easier to manoeuvre in town without losing out on load space and practicality compared with its rivals.Like the Isuzu D Max, the Ford Ranger is a rugged pick up truck with an impressive 3.5 tonne towing capacity. It's available in single cab, super and double cab guises, with either rear or four wheel drive.The Ford Ranger also caters for both the working user and the lifestyle oriented leisure buyer, with basic models offering few creature comforts, but top spec version all the luxuries you'd expect of a luxury family car.Only relatively poor fuel consumption compared with the D Max and a short three year warranty count against it.The chunkily attractive Nissan Navara remains one of coach outlet factory online sale the best double cab 4x4 pick ups available on the market, even if it isn't the cheapest. It's also fantastically capable off road especially thanks to a low ratio gearbox and offers plenty of space both in the cab and the load bed.Perhaps most impressive is the effortlessly powerful 231bhp 3.0 litre V6 diesel in the Outlaw model, especially combined with the smooth seven speed automatic gearbox. It is expensive, though, at just over 30,000, and fuel economy from the big V6 isn't the best.The flexible Vauxhall Movano is one of the most versatile heavy vans on the market, with a gross vehicle weight ranging from 2,800kg right up to 4,500kg. It's also available in four body lengths, three different heights and with 100bhp, 125bhp or 150bhp 2.3 litre diesel coach outlet real or fake power. There's even a full 17 seat minibus option available from the factory.Just 150bhp is perhaps not enough power for a 4.5 tonne van, and its fuel economy isn't the best in the class, but the six way adjustable driver's seat certainly makes it very comfortable for long journeys.The big VW Crafter comes with a gross vehicle weight rating of 3,000kg, 3,500kg or a chunky 5,000kg, and shares its chassis and body shape with the Mercedes Sprinter. But VW uses its own 2.0 litre turbodiesel engines, with 109 163bhp. The most efficient of these offers up to 39.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 187g/km.Inside, the Crafter is typically no nonsense, with a durable hard wearing feel to the materials in both. the cabin and the coach outlet purses 4 sale load space. There's a lot of dark grey and black plastic, though, which can make the interior feel rather sombre.The Fiat Doblo Cargo offers a wide range of interior sizes and body styles, with even the Work Up pick up available as an option an unusual model in the mid weight van market. It's also great to drive, offers up to 58mpg fuel economy, and offers secure, smooth handling thanks to independent rear suspension.The only real downsides are the fact that stability control isn't standard (it is on rivals from Ford, VW and Mercedes) and that the interior doesn't feel as high quality as a Mercedes Citan's.The big, boxy Fiat Ducato offers the best MPG and lowest running costs of any large van. Although its design is shared with the Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay, the Fiat uses its own range of engines based on the 2.3 and 3.0 litre turbodiesels found in the Iveco Daily range.These offer between 110bhp and 148bhp in 2.3 litre guise and up to 177bhp in the 3.
0 litre model. The van's trump card is 40.9mpg economy, but long service intervals of 30,000 miles or every two years are also appealing.
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