While the all-electric Vivaro-e has been winning all the plaudits, there’s still a lot to like about the medium-sized Vauxhall Vivaro van. It’s a practical and well-designed vehicle that offers value for money.
The Ford Transit Connect is a small van that’s getting on now, but a new replacement is scheduled to be unveiled and available in 2022. Until then, drivers still get a cracking small van that delivers a great driving experience and is fairly cheap to run.
While there aren’t that many Fiat Talento medium size vans on the UK’s roads, it’s certainly a van worth considering. It’s in a competitive segment and is up against the likes of the Mercedes Vito, the Ford Transit Custom, and the Volkswagen Transporter. However, it has been priced to sell and if you are a Fiat van fan, then be aware that this is really a Renault Trafic (and the Nissan NV300). It still wins awards on its own terms though.
The Peugeot Partner is still one of the best small vans available today and shares its underpinnings with the Vauxhall Combo and the Citroen Berlingo – plus the Toyota Proace. It’s still winning awards and there’s an impressive all-wheel drive version available. For the money, the standard Partner offers a well-made and robust van for everyday use. Don’t forget too, there’s the excellent all-electric Peugeot e-Partner to consider.
The Vauxhall Movano van is the firm’s largest and was unveiled in 2021 – it’s a cracking vehicle for businesses. At the same time, Vauxhall unveiled the all-electric Movano-e which is much more expensive, but still as practical and well-built. The van offers a good payload, and it is easy to live with on a daily basis.
The Renault Kangoo is one of the bestselling small vans in Europe and a new model will appear in 2022. Until then, the Kangoo offers a great small van to meet just about every need. There’s also the new Renault Kangoo ZE which is an impressive all-electric creation.
The Toyota Hilux has been around for decades now and it’s still one of the best pickups available to buy. It’s not only durable and tough, but the latest version also delivers a car-like cabin and a comfortable ride. It’s not a cheap pickup but the Hilux does have a solid build and great driving dynamics. A revamp in 2021 so the introduction of a powerful 2.8-litre diesel engine.
The Ford Ranger is an impressive pickup and while it’s not the cheapest to run, there’s a good range of models and decent off-roading performance. It’s also an award-winning offering and the UK’s bestselling pickup – there’s a reason for that. It’s one of the best-equipped pickups around with a comfortable drive and the double cab version is ideal for business users who want a workhorse for during the week, and a family-friendly utility vehicle when off the clock.
The Fiat Ducato is the firm’s flagship van offering and should not be confused with the all-electric e-Ducato. The latest version of the Ducato was launched in June 2021 and it’s a comfortable and impressive van to drive, though it remains a popular choice with UK buyers because of its fuel economy.
The Vauxhall Combo is a best-selling small van with a lot to offer businesses and private owners alike. The van is spacious and cheap to run, and there’s also the excellent all-electric Combo-e to consider too. The Vauxhall offering is based on the same platform as the Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo but does have the edge in some respects.