Best new vans: 2020 models worth waiting for

The coming year will see an influx of new and innovative vans enter the market, so here are those models we are most excited about

Leon Poultney
Dec 3, 2019

The light commercial vehicle (LCV) market in the UK has been enjoying a purple patch of late, with this summer’s sales seeing the overall market up by a staggering 41%. This includes pick-up trucks, small, medium and large vans, with customers making the most of new, more efficient powertrains and the additional space afforded by a small van or pick-up.

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.

 

Next year sees a number of new models coming to market, sporting ever more advanced technology, cutting-edge 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 most hotly anticipated models for 2020.

Best new vans 2020

1. Volkswagen Transporter 6.1

Expected starting price £21,635 (ex VAT and OTR)
UK due date March 2020

We admit, this has already been officially launched here in the UK but it doesn’t enter showrooms until March 2020. The front end has been completely redesigned and it is arguably the sharpest ever seen on a Transporter, 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 drivetrains is on offer.

2019 Volkswagen Transporter deals from £15,990
Monthly finance from £273

2. Nissan NV250

Expected starting price £16,450
UK due date Late 2019

The ageing NV200 is finally being replaced with a new model, which will be based on the Renault Kangoo platform and will be offered in two body lengths. This will be music to the ears of many Nissan van customers, as the existing NV200 offered very little in terms of body size choice and the technology incorporated was out of date compared to rivals.

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

2019 Nissan NV250 deals from £17,905
Monthly finance from £436

3. Land Rover Defender Commercial Vehicle

Expected starting price £35,000 (ex VAT)
UK due date Mid-2020

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

But lost in the noise has been Land Rover’s decision to offer a commercial vehicle of its 90 model, which boasts some impressive capability figures thanks to its new, hardcore D7x architecture, which allows it to tow up to 3,500kg and carry up to 300kg on the roof.

Details are scarce, but we do know it will likely feature steel wheels and, as is common in the CV sector, blank off the rear panels. Plus, rumours suggest there will be larger 110 and 130 models on the horizon, as well as potential for a pick-up variant. Farmers rejoice!

4. Toyota Proace City

Expected starting price £18,386 (ex VAT)
UK due date February 2020

Small vans are enjoying buoyant sale figures at the moment, so it only seems right that manufacturers are readying a new crop for 2020. This Proace variant will join the medium van in its range and rides on the same platform as the latest Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo Cargo.

It will come in two different wheelbases, which stretch from 4.4m in length to 4.7m, while crew vans and regular panel vans are also on offer.

Perhaps most interestingly of all is that Toyota has stated it will release an electric version of the Proace City by the year 2021, which will offer another option for those fleet operators who perhaps want to move away from diesel and petrol engines.

2019 Toyota Proace deals from £16,000
Monthly finance from £234

5. Mercedes EQV

Expected starting price £60,000
UK due date Spring 2020
Range 252 miles (provisional)

One of the most popular models on the Mercedes-Benz stand at this year’s Frankfurt motor show was this, the EQV all-electric people carrier. Based on the extremely popular and luxurious V-Class, this electric van will be capable of carrying a diverse range of loads, from families to building site equipment when it unleashed next year.

Cleverly, the battery packs have been stashed beneath the floor and Mercedes says the load space hasn’t altered from its V-Class sibling as a result. Better still, the electric range is slated at 251-miles on a single charge, although we will have to wait and see if this holds up when the van is fully laden.

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 PHEV

Expected starting price £39,145 (ex VAT)
UK due date Spring 2020

Ford believes that that current pure electric commercial vehicle options can't meet customer expectations of range, performance and payload, which is why meeting in the middle with a plug-in hybrid could be the way forward for many of its future customers.

Based on the popular Transit Custom, but with a 1.0-litre petrol engine underneath the bonnet that acts as a generator to charge the on-board battery packs and a 92kW electric motor that drives the front wheels, this PHEV variant offers near silent, emissions-free motoring for up to 35-miles in the busy cities, but the ability to travel as far as internal engine rivals when required.

Load space and capability isn’t affected, but expect it to be more expensive than diesel variants. First deliveries are slated for early next year.

2019 Ford Transit deals from £17,495
Monthly finance from £323

 

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