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Van Review: The Vauxhall Movano

January 23, 2015

Today we’re taking a look at the Vauxhall Movano. Reviewing this one will be a task and a half considering the wealth of options available for this versatile van. It’s worth mentioning that the Movano shares its platform with both the Nissan Interstar and the Renault Master – the latter of which is virtually identical to the Movano in terms of design. So with our work cut out for us, let’s dive right into our Vauxhall Movano review.

Vauxhall Movano

Original image by Graham Richardson

Design

Panel vans are known to offer a wide range of models for ultimate versatility, but none have a range as vast and diverse as the Movano. Its options include multiple wheelbases, three different roof heights and four body lengths. Because of this, the cargo capacity of the Movano can range from 7.8m3 at its smallest to 17.0m3 at its largest. Its weight ranges from 2,800kg to 4,500kg at its heaviest, again depending on the model you pick. This diversity in its range has made the Movano an incredibly versatile vehicle that can be used by many different professions. The van has been incredibly popular amongst operators ever since its original release in 2010, and is likely to remain one of the most popular vans in the UK.

Features

Depending on what model you choose, you can get a second row of seats for the cab, bringing the total of cab seats to four – and you can further equip the van with six, nine or seventeen seats, the last of those effectively turning this van into a minibus. The driver’s seat is comfortable and the cab is spacious, making it perfect for an everyday work van.

Engines

The Movano can choose from a pool of four 2.3 turbodiesel engines, with outputs of 108bhp, 125bhp, 134bhp and 161bhp – with the two most powerful engines being Bi-turbo units. All engines come in either front or rear wheel drive – and fuel economy ranges from 29mpg to 42mpg between the different versions, with CO2 emissions ranging from 184g/km to 249g/km with the heavier models.

Handling

The Movano is built to be sturdy and durable, and the high driving position in the cab offers a commanding view of the road. Even the heavier models steer quite lightly, which is lovely for driving in the city. But even at top speed, we found handling the van to be smooth and secure. It grips the tarmac very nicely, even at high winds, and the brakes are powerful enough to ensure a quick stop even when fully loaded. Add to this the excellent suspension and the Vauxhall Movano is one seriously competent vehicle.

The entry price for a Vauxhall Movano is £19,850, going all the way to £30,830 for the more powerful models – with the price dependent on which model suits your needs best. If you need help financing the Vauxhall Movano, we can help. At the Car Loan Warehouse, we’re specialists in Vauxhall finance – head on over to our online loan calculator for an instant quote.

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.