To help you decide which van you should buy in 2014, we’ve put together of the list of the best available. There are so many different styles, sizes and options that it can be hard to sift through them all to figure out which would be the best for you and yours.
A classic – and despite the model being 15 years old – it’s still as good as ever. While it is soon to be replaced, it is versatile, offering a range of body styles, and choice of front, rear and even four wheel drive. With a great reputation for reliability, its cabin has all the storage space you could possibly need. Whether you want a new one, or you’re on the hunt for a used one, there’ll be plenty of them around. This van is in a low insurance group too.
Fiat Doblo Cargo
Huge on the inside but compact on the outside, the Fiat Doblo Cargo is carving out a very nice reputation for itself. With a strong performance and excellent economy, they are good to drive and cheap to run! The cab is lain out like a passenger car, making it comfortable for heavy use. Fiat offer a wide range of interior sizes and body styles, but stability control isn’t standard, which means that you have to fork out extra for it.
This van comes with a gross vehicle weight of 3,000kg, 3,500kg or 5,000kg, with a broad choice of body volumes and frugal BlueMotion Technology models available. This is definitely a van for moving lots of stuff, as there aren’t any smaller body sizes available.
One of the most versatile heavy vans on the market, it is available in four different body lengths, three different heights and with 100bhp, 125bhp or 150 2.3-litre diesel power. The gross weight of the vehicle can range from 2,800kg all the way up to 4,500kg. While the fuel economy isn’t the best, the driver’s seat can be adjusted six different ways, making it one of the most comfortable vans to sit in!
This Fiat offers the best MPG (capable of 45.6mpg) and the lowest running costs of any large van. It shares its design with the Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay as it’s built under a partnership agreement with PSA Peugeot and Citroen. It does have Fiat’s own engines, based on the 2.3 and 3.0 litre turbo-diesels in the Iveco Daily range.
Reducing Your Van Insurance
Insurance can be a huge part of the expenses when you’re running a van. Reducing the costs can be relatively easy however. Choose a market leader like One Sure Insurance that you can really trust. If you’re using your van for work, then get a logo on it, as this shows insurers that you’re really serious about your van and your business and are therefore less likely to be reckless. Getting shelves fitted works in the same way, as well as being less appealing to thieves.