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Top 5 Tuesdays: The Best Vans For Business

July 15, 2014

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Looking for the ultimate van for your thriving business? We know that it can be an overwhelming task for you to find that perfect van – what with the massive range of shapes, sizes and styles available in today’s market, consumers are spoilt for choice. And that’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and picked out 5 of the best vans in showrooms today!

 

FORD TRANSIT

 

First on the list is the legendary (and now all-new) Ford Transit. Now well into its 5th generation, and the biggest van in the range, the latest model is a collaboration between the Ford of Europe and the Ford of North America – making the new Transit a global design effort. Its latest features include Ford Sync connectivity system – making calls and entertainment on the go a hands-free breeze. The new Transit is also available with Ford’s start-stop system, low-rolling resistance tyres and Curve Control. It also has a range of new 2.2 litre TDCi diesel engines paired with a 6-speed transmission that generates higher levels of power and torque, along with lower CO2 emissions. Starting from £17,995, the Transit is one of the most fuel efficient vans on the market – and with its state-of-the-art technology and enormous load space perfect for any mobile business, it’s easy to see why it makes our top 5.

 

MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER

 

Coming up second is the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Panel Van. Launched in 1995, this light commercial vehicle is one of the most efficient vehicles in its class. It’s equipped with ground-breaking BlueEFFICIENCY technology, which lowers emission figures and fuel consumption. The Sprinter’s performance is further fortified with Mercedes’ ECO start-stop and ECO power steering systems, further reducing fuel consumption – not to mention a super-efficient fuel pump and low rolling resistance tyres. The Sprinter handles remarkably well considering its size, driving more like a car than a typical van. Retailing from £20,825, the Mercedes is available with a wide range of diesel power plants to suit any needs – it’s a pricey investment, but so worth it for the levels of refinement.

 

VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER

 

This stylish VW Transporter van makes our list for a number of reasons. Not only is it a breeze to drive and operate, but it’s also one of the safest vans in the range. All VW Transporters feature an Electronic Stability Programme that combines the traction control system and anti-lock braking system with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Electronic Differential Lock to prevent swerving or skidding. And the safety measures don’t stop there, with VW’s Lane Change Assist technology available as an optional extra. To make life even easier, you can opt for their oh-so-smooth 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox and BlueMotion technology – which works seamlessly with the Transporter’s regenerative braking and cruise control, improving the van’s fuel efficiency ratings. The VW Transporter starts at £18,265 for the standard model, featuring a super green 2.0L TDI engine – producing a capable 84PS. If you want a bit more grunt for driving heavy loads, the Transporter is available with a 2.0L BiTDI which uses a twin-turbo forced induction system to boost power up to 180PS.

 

NISSAN PRIMASTAR

 

Offering one of the biggest load spaces in its class, it would be rude not to include the competitively priced Nissan Primastar in our top 5. The Primastar was given a refresh in 2010, when Nissan paired up with Renault to put their engineering minds together – producing the nearly identical Primastar and Renault Trafic. At just £17,560, the classy and comfortable Primastar features an integrated drive computer, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, anti-lock braking system and rain-sensing wipers – and offers up plenty of room for transporting goods and tools. This beast is a logical choice for any business on a budget.

 

CITROEN RELAY

 

Last, but by no means least, in our line-up is the Citroen Relay. Having recently received a refresh, this stylish van is a hot new contender on the market. The Citroen’s height means that it features the tallest rear loading doors in its class. Combined with the fact that the Relay is also available in a wide range of sizes, this is one of the most versatile vans on the road. Competition in the van market is fierce and Citroen have stepped up to the plate, offering a wide range of innovative safety tech, including their intelligent traction control, reverse parking camera and hill start assist systems. Starting at just £15,135, the Relay is quite a bargain – and Citroen have even given buyers the option to add on inessential features, rather than including them as standard, to keep costs to an absolute minimum.

 

There you have it – our top 5 vans for your business! If you’re looking for van finance, look no further than the Car Loan Warehouse. Our experts can arrange a competitive van loan between £1000 and £50,000, regardless of your credit situation. With the help of the Car Loan Warehouse team, you can find the very best van financing deal out there!

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.