Best new vans launched in 2020

2020 saw an influx of new and innovative vans enter the market, so here are those models we were most excited about

Leon Poultney
Jan 18, 2022

After seeing a dip in sales in 2019, the sale of LCVs (light commercial vehicles) has been steadily increasing to over 350,000 in 2021. This is partly thanks to the number of new, efficient offerings that have become available in recent years, many of which went on sale in 2020.

It seems an ever greater number of private customers are heading towards the pick-up and light commercial vehicle forecourts too, as growing families and more demanding leisure pursuits require the increased interior roominess and seating flexibility that a van can provide.

But the bottom line is, commercial vehicles are no longer the noisy, awkward and polluting Goliaths that they once were, with many now flaunting the same advanced safety and in-car entertainment technology as any modern family hatchback.

On top of this, improvements in suspension, handling and refinement mean many are extremely easy to drive and prove a perfectly comfortable place to while away the miles.

2020 saw a number of new models come to market, sporting ever more advanced technology, sharp exterior styling and, in some cases at least, advanced hybrid or electric powertrains that look set to reduce emissions, pollution and ease the burden of escalating fuel bills.

Read on for our pick of the best vans that came out of 2020.

Best new vans 2020

1. Volkswagen Transporter 6.1

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The front end of this latest VW Transport was completely redesigned in 2020 and it is arguably the sharpest ever seen on this van, while its interior now boasts the highest levels of connectivity yet, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now featuring heavily on the neat touchscreen media display.

Expect a full suite of advanced safety systems, including a new Driver Steering Recommendation, which gives the driver suggested inputs to help stabilise the vehicle. Plus, there is a more efficiently packaged interior loadspace and a new range of Euro 6-compliant engines is on offer.

2. Nissan NV250

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The discontinued NV200 was finally replaced with a new model after around a decade on sale. The NV250 is based on the Renault Kangoo platform and is offered in two body lengths. This should be music to the ears of many Nissan van customers, as the old NV200 offered very little in terms of body size choice and the technology incorporated was out of date compared to rivals.

It can handle up to 800kg in its 4.6 cubic metre load space and can be had with Nissan’s four-wheel-drive technology, as well as more advanced driver assistance systems. Oh, and it is finally available in a crew cab option, which will appease those with lots of people to transport.

3. Land Rover Defender Commercial Vehicle

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Much fanfare and chatter surrounded the launch of the brand new Land Rover Defender, as an icon in the off-road world was brought bang up to date for today’s discerning and style-conscious buyer.

But lost in the noise was Land Rover’s decision to offer a commercial vehicle, which boasts some impressive capability figures thanks to its new, hardcore 'D7x' architecture. This means it can tow up to 3,500kg and carry up to 300kg on the roof.

4. Toyota Proace City

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The Proace City is a more compact version of the standard Proace and shares much of its engineering with the latest Peugeot Partner, Citroen Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Cargo.

It comes in two different wheelbases, which stretch from 4.4m in length to 4.7m (pictured above), while crew vans and regular panel vans are also on offer. In an attempt to attract drivers away from petrol and diesel power, Toyota added an electric version to the range. It uses the same 50kWh battery and 136hp motor as its Peugeot/Citroen/Vauxhall partners, with which it shares its mechanical parts.

5. Mercedes EQV

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One of the most popular models on the Mercedes-Benz stand at 2019's Frankfurt motor show was this, the EQV electric people carrier. Based on the extremely popular and luxurious V-Class, this electric van is capable of carrying a diverse range of loads, from families to building site equipment.

Cleverly, the battery pack has been stashed beneath the floor and Mercedes says the load space hasn’t altered from its V-Class sibling as a result. Better still, it promises over 200 miles of electric motoring, though expect this to dip if you're carrying heavy loads.

But with the rollout of the latest 110kW fast charging systems across Europe, this big brute could be brimmed in as little as 45 minutes, which is exactly the amount of time law dictates professional drivers should take as a break for every 4.5 hours of driving in this country.

6. Ford Transit Custom PHEV

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Based on the popular Ford Transit Custom, the 1.0-litre petrol engine underneath the bonnet acts as a generator to charge the on-board battery pack which in turn powers an electric motor that drives the front wheels. This all means the PHEV variant offers near-silent emissions-free motoring for up to 35-miles in busy cities, but the ability to travel as far as internal engine rivals when required.

Load space and capability isn’t affected, but expect to pay more for this than the diesel and mild hybrid diesel offerings.


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