Panel vans are popular with all kinds of business owners as they are small enough to remain economical while big enough to be used for a variety of purposes, and across a variety of different trades. Whether you’re a courier getting your daily load of parcels out, a musician on the pub circuit transporting your equipment or a tradesman transporting you, your colleagues and your tools to the next job, you can rest assured that a panel van will more than adequately meet your requirements – and travelling from job to job won’t cost you the earth, either.
With so many new and used panel vans on the market, however, it can be difficult to settle on a decision as to which model will best suit the needs of your business. In this blog post, we'll take a look at some all-rounders that will provide performance and comfort at a reasonable cost.
The Ford Transit is ubiquitous with working life. Arguably the most popular panel van in the market, you'll get an easy drive and plenty of space. Newer models are surprisingly fuel efficient, too.
The Vivaro is a British built van but designed in conjunction with Renault. When you’ve got two of the largest commercial van manufacturers working together you can expect practicality, punchy performance and a great miles-per-gallon ratio, which is ideal for self-employed drivers covering their own fuel costs.
The VW Transporter is chock full of technology and features safety features, including adaptive cruise control, driver alerts and a nifty hill hold assist. Volkswagen claim that careful drivers are likely to witness 15% fuel efficiency improvements when compared to similar vans.
Those seeking a little more oomph would be advised to check out a used Mercedes Sprinter. Sure, it’s a little larger than other panel vans on the market, but it comes highly recommended for those covering long distances.