Best small vans for 2013
But what are the best small vans which can be bought new this year? Here we’ll take a look at the best compact and useful vans available in the UK market today at affordable prices.
Please note that van prices quoted are based on the latest offers as of April 2013 and are subject to change.
Currently starting from as little as just £7,595, the Citroen Nemo is one of the more distinctive vans on the market and not just because of its low pricing range.
The compact but chunky build frame neither gives the Nemo a robust appearance without the need of a long wheelbase nor is its practicality sacrificed in turn.
The Citroen Nemo still manages to harbour 2.5 cubic metres of load space in the rear end and its small turning circle is great for negotiating your way through city centres.
Engine options meanwhile include a nifty 1.4-litre petrol unit for the cheapest models.
Fiat Punto Van
Based on the well-known hatchback car of the same name, the Van equivalent of the Fiat Punto makes for a small but also nippy commercial vehicle option.
Like its hatchback counterpart, the Punto van is available with a few no-nonsense 1.3-litre diesel engines with outputs ranging from 75bhp to 85bhp and offer CO2 emissions at below 100g/km. The Punto Van is also available with Fiat’s 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol engine, a former winner of the International Engine of the Year accolade.
Overall the Punto Van is a good choice for business operators looking to move a compact load in an efficient manner particularly in urban conditions.
The Fiat Punto Van is currently priced from £10,590 when excluding VAT and on-the-road factors.
Ford Fiesta Van
The recently facelifted Fiesta is already one of the biggest names in the car industry, and it continues to lead new car sales in Britain.
The Van variant of the Fiesta meanwhile is one of the best options for commercial vehicle operators working in a city. Like its supermini counterpart the Fiesta Van comes with a range of efficient engines including a 1.25-litre petrol unit and it provides a fluent and enjoyable drive.
A lot of standard equipment is also provided in the Fiesta Van, including electric windows, tinted glass, a CD/radio player and a generous safety kit.
With prices starting from £10,980 (excluding VAT), the Ford Fiesta Van is definitely one of the most value-for-money small vans you can find in the new market today.
Nissan NV200 Van
One of the more compact van models in Nissan’s line-up, the NV200 Van is a versatile mover which can easily suit both long distance journeys as well as transports through tight city roads.
Just one engine is available with the NV200, a 1.5-litre dCi diesel with 86bhp, which is a solid engine choice that offers smooth running plus a decent level of efficiency and refinement.
The load space in the Nissan NV200 Van measures at 4.2 cubic metres in volume plus just over two metres in length while the maximum payload is up to 750kg.
The Nissan NV200 Van currently starts from £13,285 (excluding VAT) and is undeniably a handy option for commercial vehicle operators.
Developed alongside the Citroen Nemo, the Peugeot Bipper is another chunky but compact van which can load up to 2.5 cubic metres worth.
Starting from under £9,000 the Bipper is also amongst the cheapest new model small vans available today.
With two engines, two trim levels and two gearboxes to choose, the Peugeot Bipper has some variety as well.
A turning circle of less than ten metres makes the Bipper great for negotiating tight corners and the 1.4-litre diesel engine can return over 60mpg. Buying a Bipper should prove a reliable option for your small van needs.
The supermini-based Vauxhall Corsa Van, starting from £11,653.33, is a frugal and easy to park option for moving goods.
Engines include a range of impressive ecoFlex diesel engines and a 69bhp petrol unit. The Corsavan holds 0.92 cubic metres of load space and a gross payload of 550kg.
There are some other nice features in the Corsavan also including various small storage holds and a competitive list of standard equipment.