Best high roof van

More roof = more fun. The best vans with high roofs this way

BuyaCar team
Feb 24, 2021

If you’re searching for high-top skateboarding trainers, Google’s algorithm has failed you. If you’re after a bit of a steer on what your next van should be, welcome. 

Choosing the right van for your needs can be a bit of a minefield. There’s so much choice, even within the realms of the big van market.

Luckily, when it comes to high-roof specifics, there’s a bit less choice. The vans on this list are truly the crème de la crème; these mammoth haulers can usually handle a 3.5 tonne payload, as well as cargo volumes of more than 18 cubic metres.

Volkswagen, Ford, Mercedes, Nissan, and Vauxhall all have great offerings. Keep reading to learn more.

Best high roof van

1. Volkswagen Crafter

Used deals from £15,000
Monthly finance from £353*
Load volume
18.4 cubic metres
Payload 735-2,573kg
Fuel economy 31.0-38.2mpg

Not only is Volkswagen’s commodious Crafter well built, with an interior most Volkswagen car buyers would recognise, but it’s also available in three lengths and three roof heights.

The longest and tallest Crafter has a load volume of up to 18.4 cubic metres - or enough to hold 32,379 pints (minus the actual pint glasses).

Drivers also benefit from Volkswagen's new ergoComfort suspension seats. These have a 20-way seat adjustment to reduce the impact of any jolts. There’s also a decent amount of engine choices, as long as you like 2.0-litre diesels.

2. Ford Transit

Used deals from £12,759
Monthly finance from £301*
Load volume
15.1 cubic metres
Payload 914-2169kg
Fuel economy 32.5-41.5mpg

The Transit trades on its car like abilities, and it’s the most car-like in this list. It has light steering, there’s a good view out, and there are even creature comforts you’d expect in a Focus, like cruise control, and an entertainment system you can connect your phone to.

It has three body lengths and two roof heights. In longest and tallest form, it houses 15.1 cubic metres.

3. Mercedes Sprinter

Used deals from £19,194
Monthly finance from £377*
Load volume
15.5 cubic metres
Payload 1500-3,175kg
Fuel economy 29.1-40.9mpg

The new for last year Mercedes Sprinter is a tour de force of technology, with a touchscreen media system that is by far and away the fanciest you’ll find on a large van, plus, it has a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

It's also full of upmarket touches you’d expect from a Mercedes. Three wheelbases, nine different body styles and three roof heights make the Sprinter one of the most capable and versatile vans currently on sale. In its longest wheelbase and highest roof variant, there is a cargo volume of 15.5 cubic metres.

4. Nissan NV400

Used deals from £12,161
Monthly finance from £293*
Load volume
17 cubic metres
Payload 948-2080kg
Fuel economy 30.4-40.0mpg

The Nissan NV400 shares most of its mechanical parts with the Vauxhall Movano (below) and Renault Master. It has more engines on offer than either, plus, Nissan’s build quality also means that oil and filter changes are only needed every 25,000 miles.

There are four body lengths, four wheelbases, and three roof heights.

In largest form, there are 17 cubic metres of cargo volume in the rear. Nissan also offers an approved box van conversion, which takes cubic metres up to an impressive 22.

5. Vauxhall Movano

Used deals from £17,495
Monthly finance from £411*
Load volume
17 cubic metres
Payload 830-2,110kg
Fuel economy 30.4-40.9mpg

The monstrous Vauxhall Movano is mechanically similar to the Nissan above, but not quite as adaptable. It is tremendous value though, and there are often deals. Especially as it’s due to be replaced soon.

There are four body lengths and three roof heights available, and 17.0 cubic metres of cargo volume (like the Nissan NV400) is on offer. Roof bars and roof tray tracks, are also available, upping carrying capacity.

*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%

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