The Peugeot e-Partner is a well-designed and well-made electric van that goes on sale in late 2021. It’s the sibling to the likes of the Vauxhall Combo-e and the Citroen e-Berlingo. There’s a lot to like with a range of 171 miles and it has the firm’s unique i-Cockpit interior to help set it apart from its close relations. Also, this latest version of the e-Partner is nothing like the previous model in handling, comfort and battery range.
The 2018 model year for the VW Caddy sees equipment levels boosted across every trim and the van is also the safest in its class. In a bid to boost sales, the petrol engine Caddys have had their prices reduced but overall Volkswagen has played it safe with its small van offering. However, for those potential van owners who are attracted by its safety features, the new caddy has autonomous emergency braking now fitted as standard and there’s also driver alert across the range as well.
As a way to transport people in comfortable surroundings, the nine seat Renault Trafic SpaceClass offers a high end shuttle vehicle to impress. While it’s based on the Trafic, the SpaceClass is an all-new creation aimed at those customers wanting a best in class driving experience. The vehicle definitely offers a limo like experience for passengers and it shares its underpinnings with the Vauxhall Vivaro Combi so that’s worth considering too. For businesses that need a nine seat people mover, there’s a lot to recommend this vehicle.
The new Toyota Hilux has a lot to live up to – it’s one of the most famous pick-ups ever made and the all-new version is an impressive offering. Indeed, when driven it handles more like an SUV rather than a pick-up and there is more refinement and interior space. It’s still a winning combination and Toyota has recognised that the market has changed and has managed to create a pick-up that will deliver what businesses are looking for as well as families wanting a ‘lifestyle pick-up’. The latest version is not an all-new model but instead is a revamp which has improved refinement and comfort levels.
The Mercedes Vito aims to be an affordable and yet prestigious offering in the competitive mid-size van market and the Mercedes badge certainly helps to shift units. The latest model comes with a wider variety of body styles and configurations than the model it replaces and it’s also a better made and better designed van as well. There’s a lot to like about it and while it’s not quite as good as its larger sibling, the Sprinter, it is a great van to own.