Attempting to sort vans into categories is fraught with difficulties as models can cross over to another one merely by wheelbase or roof height. Is a Transit Connect LWB still a Hi-cube or is it a Small Panel Van?
To simplify matters we have placed the vans in their main category as our objective is to show you comparable models. Choice is less than you may think and may be cosmetic, as nowadays many manufacturers share bodies and engines, to the extent that different manufacturer's models may share the same production line.
CAR DERIVED and CITY VANS
Car-derived vans (CDVs) are normally standard passenger cars with a load area instead of rear seats and solid panels instead of rear side windows. Being based on cars they are comparatively refined to drive, deliver good fuel economy and good in motorway, town and country use. The major limitation of this type of van is an inability to carry heavy or bulky loads. Some manufactures have started to build similar sized small vans but with a 'van' not a 'car' pedigree to move easily around towns and cities and they are included here.
Ideally suited to urban driving, the Nemo despite its compact size (3.8 metres long) has a load volume of 2.5 cubic metres and a payload of 610kg. Fitted as standard, the Extenso passenger seat folds away under the floor so you can carry loads up to 2.8 cubic metres and 2.5 metres long. A van in its own right it still mirrors the footprint of Citroen's C3 car.
The Fiesta features include the following: a spacious and versatile 1.0 cubic metre loadspace, 507 - 515kg gross payload, 1296 mm load length, half height composite bulkhead or full-height DIN-compliant steel bulkhead as an option, 4 DIN-compliant cargo tie-down hooks and full load floor rubber mat. The wide, high-opening tailgate and low loading height provide easy access to the load space.
Although compact, the Bipper has a volume of 2.5 cubic metres increasing to 2.8 cubic metres when the Multi-flex seat is folded down. It has a payload of up to 660 kilos and is ideal for busy urban areas.
With its car like comfort and equipment levels it provides an ideal vehicle for service engineers and city centre deliveries. However, the 207 Van's boot capacity is deceptively large: load floor length: 1335mm load area width: 1015mm and load area volume: 1.105 cubic metres
The Fiorino's load compartment is surprisingly generous, practical and modular. The load compartment dimensions: 1.52 m long - up to a maximum of 2.49 m with the passenger seat folded down – 2.05 m high and 1.47 m wide, with a width of 1.04 m between wheel arches.
The volume is from 2.5 m3 to 2.8 m3 with the passenger seat folded down and the Fiorino's payload is from 610 to 660 kg on higher capacity versions.
Fiat Grande Punto
Designed by Giugiaro, the Grande Punto has two seats, three doors, and a load compartment capacity of 940 litres. The load compartment is 120 cm long, 133 cm wide and 93 cm high.
With its maximum load area height of 900mm and maximum load-floor length of 1,825mm the Astravan has a massive 1.58cu.m of load space. A total payload capacity of up to 650kg is equally impressive and a clever high-lift tailgate opens to reveal a low load height for improved access. Astravan can easily take a lateral loaded euro pallet, thanks to a tailgate aperture of max height 776mm and 1103mm between the wheel-arches.
With a maximum length of 1,257mm, a load volume of 0.92 cubic metres and a maximum payload of 550kg the Corsavan offers exceptional carrying capacity. The high-lift tailgate offers a maximum aperture height of 650mm and maximum width of 980mm which means you can load and unload cargo with ease.
Offer a similar wheelbase to CDVs but can carry more load in terms of volume and weight. The original hi-cubes where based on the front of a three-door hatchback with a high cubic load space behind. More recent models have been designed with a single space which offers a more generous cab. This type of van is generally fuel efficient, easy to manoeuvre so good around town and easier to drive than a panel van and most suited to carrying small to medium loads.
The Berlingo has a load capacity of either 3.3 cubic metres and 625 kg (short version) or 3.7 cubic metres and 750 kg (long version). It can carry two Europallets width-wise, one in front of the other. The Berlingo LX and Enterprise models have an Extenso cabin that carries loads up to 3 metres long. Using the fold away outer front passenger seat, you can extend your load volume to 3.7 cubic metres in the short version and up to 4.1 cubic metres with a 3.25 metres load length in the long version. It can seat three people at the front
Fiat Doblo Cargo
The Doblo Cargo was designed to be ranked at the top of its category for its functional specifications. The load compartment dimensions are length 1.82 m, width 1.71 m, height 1.3 m, with an effective volume of 3.4 cubic metres. The loading/unloading operations are facilitated by an access threshold of just 54.5 cm, and a width between wheel arches of 123 cm so you can fit up to two euro pallets in the load compartment. Load capacity is from 750 to 1000 kg, arguably the best in class.
Ford Transit Connect
The Connect SWB model can handle weights up to 825 kg. Thanks to its standard fold-flat passenger seat, items up to 2.7 metres long can be accommodated.
- 2467 mm maximum load length
- 825 kg gross payload (T220), 625 kg (T200)
- 3.4 cubic metres loadspace (passenger seat folded)
- Space for two Europallets, Space to stow a 2.7 m pipe diagonally with the passenger seat folded, Choice of 3 equipment levels: Van, L and LX, Anti Lock Brakes (standard on L and LX)
The Connect LWB has a payload up to 900kg and can comfortably carry 8' x 4' boards diagonally, thanks to its standard fold-flat seat.
- Max gross payload 900kg, max load length 2714mm, max load width 1492mm, max space load floor to roof 1364mm, 4.4 cubic metres loadspace (passenger seat folded)
- Fold-flat passenger seat for full utilisation of interior load area
A modern compact van, 4.4 metres in length but with a big cargo space of 4.2 cubic metres. Renowned for being cheap to run, it can be easily loaded with 2 Europallets.
The competitively priced Partner has a choice of payload, 625 kg, 750 kg and 850 kg. Load lengths are between 1800mm and 2050mm, whilst loading height is 1250mm.
Kangoo now comes in four bodystyles:
- Kangoo Compact for smaller deliveries in an urban environment (500Kg payload).
- Kangoo Van for larger deliveries (650 or 800Kg payload).
- New Kangoo Van Maxi, even bigger and more flexible with a maximum load volume of 4.6m3 and a payload of 800kg.
- New Kangoo Van Maxi Crew Van, highly flexible 5 seater with a maximum load length at floor level of 1.33 metres.
With a substantial high-cube load area, the Vauxhall Combo has a payload capacity of up to 803kg and cargo volume of up to 3.2 cubic metres. Plus, the Combo's loading area is 1,787mm long, 1,175mm high, up to 1,348mm wide with a low load height of just 584mm – enabling a standard euro-pallet to be handled with ease.
You can squeeze in 3.2 cubic metres of load in the Caddy, while the Caddy Maxi, will take an excellent 4.2 cubic metres. The Caddy has a payload of up to 703kg with the Caddy Maxi carrying up to 753kg dependent on model type.
SMALL PANEL VANS
These vans are sometimes referred to as compact panel vans and they bridge the gap between hi-cubes and the large panel vans. These vans strike a good compromise between load carrying and ease of driving. They are more fuel efficient than the large panel vans and tend to be more refined and better styled.
The Dispatch comes in two lengths (4.80m and 5.14m), two wheelbases (3m and 3.12) and two vehicle heights (1.94m and 2.28m). Payloads are between 988kg and 1188kg and there are two load lengths of 2.25m and 2.58m. There is 1.25m between the wheel arches.
According to load requirements, it is possible to choose between a short or long wheelbase Scudo Van or a Maxi (long wheelbase, high top). Wheelbase measurements are 3 m (short), 3.12 m (long and Maxi). The load compartment dimensions are width 1.60 m, height from 1.45 m to 1.75 m, with a width between wheel arches of 1.25 m. Volumes are 5 cubic metres (short), 6 cubic metres (long) and 75 cubic metres (Maxi). The payload (including the driver) is from 1000 to 1200 kg (short), 1200 kg (long and Maxi).
The Vito is stylish and beautifully built with crisp handling and a pleasing ride.
Key features are:
- A choice of two roof heights
- A load volume of up to 6.49 cubic metres and a load area of up to 4.14 square metres
- A payload of up to 980 kg or optionally, up to 1385kg
Available in two lengths and two heights, the Expert has between 5 and 7 cubic metres of load space. Payload excluding driver is from 913 kg to 1129 kg.
Primastar is available as a van, crew van or minibus. Cargo space runs from 5 cubic metres to 8.4 cubic metres. Available in two lengths and heights it has a maximum payload of 1263 kg. The combi version has 6 to 9 seats and up to 4 cubic metres of flexible load space.
Flexible and practical, the new Trafic is available in long and short wheelbases, in panel versions ranging from 5m³ to 8.36 m³ load volume and two roof heights.
- SWB – 4.5 cubic metres of load space. Cabin seats three. 2.5 litre D-4D DIN hp engine
- LWB – 5.4 cubic metres of load space 117 DIN hp engine
- Both wheelbases have a passenger side sliding door, two passenger doors and tailgate/twin rear doors.
One of the best in its class, it is also one of the most flexible. You can choose from long or short wheelbase, high or low roof, panel van, doublecab, dropside, nine-seater or 12-seat minibus. Available in two roof heights, two wheelbases and two gross vehicle weights (GVWs).
With two wheelbase lengths you can maximise your load space from 5.8m3 to 9.3m3. There are also three roof height options, providing a maximum height of 1.94m and a payload capacity of up to 1,333kg. There are four TDI common rail engines to choose from, ranging from 84PS through to 180PS. Each engine is quieter and more fuel-efficient than ever before, and all comply with Euro V emission standards.
LARGE PANEL VANS
These come in all shapes and sizes and most manufacturers offer a choice of three roof heights – high roof (HR), medium roof (MR) and low roof (LR). You can usually choose between at least three lengths – long wheelbase (LWB), medium wheelbase (MWB) and short wheelbase (SWB). Some manufacturers even do an extra long wheelbase or an extra high roof. Of course one manufacturer's LWB may be the same size as another's MWB so check the dimensions with care.
Practical and robust the Relay offers a load volume of between 8 and 17 cubic metres for four vehicle lengths on three wheelbases and three different heights. It also has a Gross Vehicle weight up to 4 tonnes and is available in a wide range of body styles.
The Ducato's dimensions allow you to tackle and resolve the problem of carrying bulky, heavy goods due to its category-topping load capacity. Statistics are GVW: 3000-4000 kg; capacity: 1100-2000 kg; payload: 8 m3 to 17 m3; wheelbase (mm): 3000, 3450, 4035 and 4035 XL; load compartment: length from 2670 to 4070 mm; height from 1662 to 2172 mm; length 1870 mm; width between wheel arches 1422 mm.
The Transit comes in SWB, MWB, LWB and Jumbo variants.
- SWB - This Transit model can carry three Europallets end to end. 2,582 mm load length, from 764 kg to 1,560 kg gross payload from 5.20 (DCiV) cu.m to 7.94 cu.m loadspace, choice of FWD (low floor), RWD or AWD, choice of low roof or medium roof, ability to carry standard 8' x 4' building boards flat or on their sides
- MWB - 2,949 mm load length, from 872 kg to 1,665 kg gross payload, from 6.80 cu.m to 10.31 cu.m loadspace, choice of FWD, RWD or AWD, choice of low roof, medium roof or high roof
- LWB - 3,399 mm load length, from 949 kg to 1,576 kg gross payload, from 8.10 (DCiV) cu.m to 11.89 cu.m loadspace, choice of FWD (low floor), RWD or AWD, choice of medium roof or high roof, space for up to four 1.2 m x 0.8 m Europallets
- Jumbo - single rear wheel van4,122 mm load length, 14.3 cu.m loadspace, 256° rear door opening, RWD configuration, up to 1,287 kg gross payload (single rear wheel) or up to 2,238 kg gross payload (460 or 350HD models, dual rear wheel), space for up to five Europallets (single rear wheel) or space for up to four Europallets (dual rear wheel)
The Daily van is equipped with 9 engine versions (from 106 to 205 HP), the most comprehensive range of gross vehicle weights (from 3.3 to 7 tonnes), and a loading capacity of up to 4.3 tonnes (the highest in its class). The three interior heights, the three wheelbases and the four lengths amount to no fewer than eight different load volumes, from 7 to 17 cubic metres. You can load up to six 1.2 metre euro pallets and with its large sliding side doors (available on right, left or both sides) you can even load from the side.
A premium brand product in a market beset with cost cutting.
Key features are:
- Available in 4 vehicle lengths
- A choice of 3 load compartment heights
- Sliding-door sizes up to 1.30 metres wide and 1.82 metres high
Suitable for medium duty carrying with a cargo volume of 8 to 17 square metres, gross vehicle weights from 2.8 to 4.5 t, payloads up to 2254 kg. The NV400 has a choice of front or rear wheel drive and engines with 100, 125 or 150 brake horse power.
A sturdy versatile range of vans. Load area goes from 8 cubic metres to 17 cubic metres. Cargo area floor length ranges from 2.6 metres up to 4 metres. Boxer has three different powertrains HDi: The 2.2 HDi 100 bhp, The 2.2 HDi 120 bhp and the 3.0 HDi 157 bhp. Maximum payload including driver starts at 1455 kg up to 1900 kg.
The New Renault Master Van, bigger than before with up to 2.2 tonnes payload, 22 cubic meters of load volume and a choice of front or rear wheel drive. The Master Van is available as a panel van, box van, crew van, minibus, platform, tipper and chassis cab version. Renault is Europe's no.1 van manufacturer.
The full range of Movano vans offers you a choice of four different vehicle lengths and three heights, front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) up to 4,500kg.
Wide, 1,270mm side doors allow a euro-pallet to be loaded sideways with the L2, L3 and L4 versions. On H1 and H2 variants the rear doors are full height. H2 models cope easily with load heights of up to 1,820mm. Load lengths can be up to 4.38m, while conveniently located lashing eyes and points mean ample space for secure and balanced cargo stowage.
The Crafter range has a huge variety of models and there are three wheelbase lengths from 3.25m to 4.33m, three roof heights (low, high and extra high) and four body lengths, from 5.24m to 7.34m. The load spaces in Crafter panel vans, meanwhile, range from 7.5m3 to 15.5m3, the latter the equivalent of five stacks of euro pallets.
The Crafter has been in production since 2006 and is the product of a joint venture between Volkswagen and Daimler-Chrysler, and is built using many of the same parts as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. However, it is cheaper, and the diesel engines and gearboxes are VW's own.
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