Petrol van deals

Looking to say goodbye to diesel power but need a strong and sturdy van? There are plenty of options that are more than up to the job

BuyaCar team
Apr 8, 2022

If you’ve been keeping up with car sales news, you’ll know that diesel sales are massively down in comparison with previous years. Diesel cars now account for fewer than a third of new cars sold.

People are becoming wary of the pollution diesel engines make, as well as embracing the more relaxed and quieter drive petrol-powered vehicles generally provide.

While vans are quite different from cars, parallels can be made. Van drivers who don’t cover a lot of miles, like car drivers in a similar situation, might be better off financially with petrol power because they’re generally cheaper to buy than diesels.

In the past, a diesel’s torque figure (its pulling power) gave it an edge over petrol. However, thanks to modern turbocharging, petrol engines are really beginning to make sense in vans as torque figures are closer than ever, as are payload figures.

Cleaner, more refined, and maybe even cheaper. Petrol vans have a lot going for them. Here are some of the best deals.

Petrol van deals

1. Volkswagen Caddy

Best petrol van for build quality

Used deals Limited stock
3,200-4,200 litres
Payload 639-734kg

While Volkswagen’s reputation has taken a bit of a beating lately due to various diesel scandals, sales have remained virtually unaffected, thanks to its reputation for building well-made cars and vans.

The Caddy is a shining example of this, and looks and feels much like a Golf - high praise indeed. Inside, there’s even a touchscreen entertainment system and Bluetooth connectivity for your phone.

A petrol engine will keep the car theme going, making it one of the most car-like vans around. The Caddy can be specified with 1.0-litre, 1.2-litre, and 1.4-litre petrol engines. The 1.4-litre, as found in the Golf, is the one to go for. It’s punchy and smooth, while only being marginally less good at hauling heavy loads than the 2.0-litre diesel.

2. Volkswagen Transporter

Best petrol van for capacity

Used deals Limited stock
up to 9,300 litres
Payload up to 1,301kg

The Volkswagen Transporter has a cult-like following of owners and enthusiasts who couldn’t imagine their lives without one.

Like other vans on this list, there are different variations on wheelbases and roof heights to appeal to a wider customer base. And up front, it’s much like a Volkswagen car. Granted, you sit a bit higher up and have access to more cubbyholes.

There’s a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine on offer with the Transporter, with two different power outputs. The 150hp engine moves along nicely but needs to be revved, while the 204hp version has a surprising turn of pace when there's nothing in the back.

3. Vauxhall Corsavan

Best petrol van for fitting in tight spaces

Used deals Limited stock
920 litres
Payload 571kg

The snappily named Corsavan follows a pretty standard procedure for car-based vans. It starts off in life as car, has its rear seats taken out and the rear windows panelled up, and hey presto, it’s a van.

Although much smaller than a regular van, it is also much easier to park, nimbler, and easier and nicer to drive in comparison.

It’s available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, good for 70hp, and 115Nm of torque. Not earth-shattering, but, all importantly, just enough if you don’t regularly carry heavy machinery around.

4. Ford Transit Connect

Best petrol van for adaptability

Ford Transit Connect front three quarters view

Used deals Limited stock
3,000-3,700 litres
Payload 588-967kg

While you will have definitely heard of Ford’s iconic Transit, you might not have heard of the Transit Connect. It sits between the full-fat Transit and the fully skimmed Transit Courier in the Transit range.

There are two lengths up for grabs: L1 (4,418mm) and L2 (4,818mm). Naturally, L2 has a bigger load volume: 3,700 litres. L1 versions have a payload of 625kg but you can specify a high payload version with up to 806kg. Payloads for the L2 range from 670kg to 961kg, making this version a spacious and strong load carrier.

You can get Ford’s excellent 1.0-litre turbocharged 'EcoBoost' petrol engine in either wheelbase, while older versions made between 2014 and 2016 could also be had with a more powerful 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine.

5. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Commercial

Best petrol van for hybrid power

Used deals Limited stock
1,600 litres
Payload 510kg

This might not seem like an obvious answer, but bear with us. The regular Outlander PHEV was for a long time Britain’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. People love the fact you can have a high-riding SUV with four-wheel drive, which can also travel around 30 miles on just pure electricity.

Much like the passenger-carrying version, the Outlander PHEV Commercial can still travel around 30 miles on pure electricity, still has four-wheel-drive, but does away with the rear seats to create a load area of 1,600 litres. Which is a fair chunk more than a Corsavan but a fair chunk less than a Volkswagen Caddy. Towing capacity of 1,500kg is mighty impressive for a hybrid, too.

It’s best used for short journeys in town if you want to save money - you’ll find that the fuel costs will mount up the more you rely on petrol power during longer trips.


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