Best cars for delivery drivers

Looking for a practical but affordable car that delivers? Here are eight great value cars that are ideal for delivery drivers

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Sep 29, 2021

Need a car that delivers? You’ve come to the right place. At BuyaCar, we understand that not every delivery driver wants a van - and some might want to steer clear of diesel power altogether, wary of the increasing number of city centre emissions charges that target diesel vehicles. Many drivers require a car that can deliver the goods from 9 to 5, but want something that works just as well when you’re carrying friends and family rather than boxes. Keep reading for our pick of the best models available.

An affordable purchase price, low running costs and cheap insurance are just some of the considerations when buying a car for delivery purposes, but the size of the boot is another key factor. A city car or supermini might be fine for delivering pizzas, but you’ll need something bigger if you’re working for a home delivery company or a firm that sells particularly bulky products.

Naturally, you’ll want something reliable if you're spending much of your working life at the wheel, along with a good dealer support network for essential service and maintenance. You should also keep one eye on any low- or zero-emission zones being introduced in your local area - any charges or penalties will eat into your profit margin.

We’ve pulled together a list of eight cars to get you started that should work for all sorts of delivery drivers. When it comes to delivery, BuyaCar will deliver your car to your home within five to 10 working days, so there’s no need to leave the house. You may be used to delivering things yourself, but this time the delivery comes to you.

Used cars for delivery drivers

1. Ford Fiesta Van

Ford Fiesta Van front three quarters view

Used deals from £8,058

It might seem odd to start with a van, but there’s a good reason for featuring the Ford Fiesta Van. As the name suggests, it’s based on Britain’s most popular car, which means that it's compact and economical, so it’s the ideal runabout for urban couriers and local delivery drivers.

The Fiesta Van can handle loads of up to 500kg in weight and comes with a choice of engines. There’s a 1.5-litre 'TDCi' diesel engine for deliveries further afield, which offers particularly strong fuel economy, a 1.0-litre 'EcoBoost' petrol for city centre duties without having to worry about diesel charges, and, from August 2020, a 1.0-litre mild hybrid option. Don’t fancy the two-seater Fiesta Van as you need to carry more than one passenger from time to time?

You could always buy a standard Fiesta hatchback and lower the rear seats when you have bulky loads to carry. Alternatively, if the Fiesta isn't large enough for you, keep reading for bigger-booted options.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10 rear three quarters view

Used 2021 deals from £11,995

A city car is the perfect delivery vehicle for those who don’t fancy getting drenched on a moped or motorcycle but who want something cheap to purchase and run. These cars are small enough for the tightest width restrictions and will be easy to park when you’re making a delivery.

Why have we chosen the Hyundai i10 over the countless other city cars you’ll find on BuyaCar? Reassurance is one factor. All new Hyundais come with a five-year warranty - which means that even if you choose a typical three-year-old model, you'll have two years' manufacturer cover remaining, compared with nothing for most rival models - so you won’t have to worry about forking out should something go wrong.

The 252-litre boot is also a very good size for such a small city car and can be extended to a decent 1,050 litres with the rear seats folded down. As a result, it offers a great combination of small exterior dimensions and a large boot.

HYUNDAI I10 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Skoda Fabia Estate

Skoda Fabia Estate side view

Used deals from £10,000

Choosing the estate version of the Skoda Fabia supermini is a little bit like building a home extension - everything is familiar compared with the standard Fabia hatchback, but you’ll love the extra boot space. It’s one of a small number of small estate cars available in the UK, so it’s just as well it delivers on all fronts. But unlike a home extension, the Fabia Estate doesn't cost a whole lot more than the hatchback version.

The 530-litre boot is very close to the volume of the one in the significantly larger and more expensive Ford Mondeo, with up to 1,395 litres of space available with the rear seats folded down - which is a lot for a car so small.

It's worth avoiding the underpowered 1.0-litre 'MPI' petrol engine, because the turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI engines are more powerful and economical, making them more suited to lugging deliveries around and covering many miles. All versions are well equipped, but the sporty-looking Monte Carlo edition would suit an express delivery service.

SKODA FABIA BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz rear three quarters view

Used deals from £6,599

This little Honda will, ahem, Jazz up your delivery business. Few superminis have such a formidable reputation for space and reliability as the Honda Jazz on sale between 2015 and 2019. It might look small on the outside, but the space on the inside is akin to the likes of the larger Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.

The Jazz is arguably the best small car for mixing business with pleasure. In car mode, there’s as much space in the back as a large family car, along with a family hatchback-rivalling 354 litres of boot space. You can increase the size of the boot by folding the rear seats, or by folding the seat bases up like cinema chairs to leave a large floor area for whatever it is you’re delivering.

HONDA JAZZ BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Citroen Berlingo

Citroen Berlingo rear three quarters view with boot open

Used deals from £17,495

The Citroen Berlingo could be the ultimate car for delivery drivers. By folding the front passenger seat down in the XL version, you have up to 4,000 litres of luggage capacity with a load length of more than three metres. They’re van-like figures, because the Berlingo is based on a van.

Other advantages include sliding rear doors for easy access to packages, a low loading lip for heavy items, plus an extremely large tailgate, which will make it easy to fit in big and bulky boxes. Even the rear windscreen can be opened independently from the tailgate, which is handy in tight spaces. Go for the Berlingo and at weekends, you'll have access to one of the most practical and versatile seven-seat MPVs in the business.

CITROEN BERLINGO BUYERS' GUIDE

6. MG 5 EV

MG 5 EV side view

Used deals Limited stock

Right now, the MG 5 EV is the UK’s only electric estate car. If you’re looking to make a statement about your green credentials or you simply want to reduce your monthly outgoings, an electric delivery car makes a lot of sense. It’s also the only way to guarantee continued free access to towns and cities as local authorities roll out zero and low emission zones.

The MG 5 EV is capable of travelling up to 214 miles on a single charge and can be recharged to 80% in just 50 minutes when using a 50kW charger. There’s a decent 464 litres of boot space with the rear seats up, but this extends to 1,456 litres with the seats folded down. Both the Excite and Exclusive versions come with plenty of standard equipment and the benefit of a seven-year warranty.

7. Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Hybrid front three quarters view

Used deals from £19,000

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid offers the best of both worlds. It features a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to deliver strong fuel economy in the region of 65mpg. But that’s not all, because you can expect the Yaris to run on electric power for 80% of the time in the city, so the running costs could be even lower. You don’t even have to plug it in, as the Yaris's small batteries are charged by the car when you're on the move.

Boot space of 286 litres is reasonable for a car of this size, but more space is available if you lower the rear seats. The Yaris Hybrid is significantly cheaper than an electric car, so if you’re not quite ready for the logistics of running and charging an electric car, the Yaris Hybrid should be high on your shopping list. Newer versions of the Yaris even come with a warranty that could last up to 10 years or 100,000 miles.

TOYOTA YARIS BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Dacia Logan MCV

Dacia Logan MCV front three quarters view

Used deals from £6,000

MCV stands for ‘Maximum Capacity Vehicle’, and this Dacia certainly lives up to its name. It has been Britain’s cheapest estate car, which means it represents even better value as a second-hand purchase. Prices typically start from less than £6,000 on BuyaCar, so the Logan MCV won’t eat into your valuable profit margin.

It’s all about the big boot with the Logan MCV, which offers a substantial 573 litres of luggage capacity with the rear seats up, extending to 1,518 litres with the seats down. Avoid the super-basic entry-level Access trim and you get a decent level of equipment, while both the petrol and diesel engines should deliver low running costs.

DACIA LOGAN MCV BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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