Petrol van deals

Sick of that droning diesel engine yet? Take a look at these petrol van deals

BuyaCar team
Jan 10, 2019

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 (it’s 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

Volkswagen Caddy

Best petrol van for build quality

Loadspace 3,200-4,200 litres Payload 639-734kg Fuel economy 47.1 mpg

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.

Volkswagen Transporter

Best petrol van for capacity

Loadspace up to 9,300 litres Payload up to 1,301kg Fuel economy up to 51.4mpg

Volkswagen’s 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'll 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 148bhp engine moves along nicely but needs to be revved, while the 201bhp version has a surprising turn of pace with when there's nothing in the back.

Vauxhall Corsavan

Best petrol van for fitting in tight spaces

£6,000 - £11,000  

Loadspace 920 litres Payload 571kg Fuel economy 51.5mpg

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.

Ford Transit Connect

Best petrol van for adaptability

£7,000 - £17,000

Loadspace 3,000-3,700 litres Payload 588-967kg Fuel economy 50.4

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 (4418mm) and L2 (4818mm). 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 EcoBoost petrol engine in either wheelbases, while older versions made between 2014 and 2016 could also be had with a more powerful 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Commerical

Best petrol van for hybrid power

£25,000 - £33,000

Loadspace 1,600 litres Payload 510kg Fuel economy 166mpg

This might not seem like an obvious answer, but bear with us. The regular Outlander PHEV is 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 33 miles on just pure electricity.

The Outlander PHEV commercial can still travel around 33 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.

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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