Best new vans: the 2022 models that are worth waiting for

In the market for a new van or pick-up truck in 2022? One of the upcoming commercial vehicles here could be just what you’re looking for

James Allen
Jan 14, 2022

Chances are that if you need a commercial vehicle, you're getting it primarily for work rather than pleasure. However, many van and pick-up drivers will use the vehicle for everything from family trips to going shopping or even picking up the occasional bulky eBay auction win at the other end of the country. This means that vans need to be great all-rounders.

Thankfully, the popularity of vans means that there are plenty of modern and high-tech models to choose from. In fact, the Ford Transit Custom van is comfortably outselling Britain’s most popular new car, the Vauxhall Corsa. Since vans sell in such numbers - and need to work for their living - the best vans are just as well engineered and sophisticated as many cars and far tougher, too.

Following in the Ford Transit Custom’s wake are a broad array of commercial vehicles, ranging from small vans that are best suited to urban delivery duties, to full-size workhorses with large payload capacities. Pick-up trucks provide an alternative as load luggers that are suited to working on rugged terrain and carrying additional passengers - and, if you’d prefer to stick to the paved road, there are even a few car-based vans to choose from, too.

That lineup is set to grow in 2022, as a number of new van and pick-up truck options of various shapes and sizes will be available to order in the coming months. Read on for some of the most interesting and eagerly anticipated vans and pick-up trucks that’ll be coming to the UK in 2022.

Best new vans 2022

1. Citroen Ami Cargo

A number of small cargo carriers are on sale in the UK, ranging from compact vans to smaller-still car-based commercial vehicles such as the Ford Fiesta Van. However, if you’d prefer to have something even more petite than that, then you may want to consider the Citroen Ami Cargo electric micro-van.

Despite its diminutive dimensions, the Citroen Ami Cargo has respectable load-lugging capabilities: the storage area is 400 litres in size, which is on par with a regular family hatchback, and it can carry a maximum payload of 140kg. The maximum claimed driving range of 46 miles means the Citroen Ami Cargo is only really suitable for last mile delivery duties around towns and cities, but if that's what you're after, it's perfect.

2. Ford E-Transit

For the first time ever in the Ford Transit van’s long history, it’s now available to buy as a fully electric cargo carrier. Replacing the conventional diesel engine you’d find under the bonnet of many a Transit is an electric motor and 68kWh battery setup, which Ford claims will be good enough for a maximum driving range of up to 196 miles on a full charge.

While the type of power is different, the rest of the E-Transit will be familiar to existing Ford Transit users. Like the combustion-powered models, the E-Transit will be available in a selection of different heights, lengths and cab styles, and the maximum quoted load area size of 15.1 cubic metres is identical to the equivalent regular Ford Transit van.

3. Ford Ranger

The new E-Transit isn’t the only commercial vehicle that Ford is introducing in 2022; a new version of the Ford Ranger pick-up truck will also arrive in the UK before the year draws to a close.

Ful technical specifications will be revealed closer to the truck’s launch in late 2022, though Ford has confirmed that the new Ranger has an extra 50mm of wheelbase length (the distance between the front and rear wheels) over the outgoing model, which should translate into more space in the cabin and load area. Engine options will consist of a pair of 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels, as well as a brawnier 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel for buyers who want more performance and towing credentials.

4. Fiat Scudo

After a moderate spell away from the price lists and order forms, the Fiat Scudo name has returned to the UK van scene. It will be positioned as an alternative to other medium-sized panel vans such as the Vauxhall Vivaro, Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch - and, just like that trio of vans, the Fiat Scudo will be available with diesel engines and fully electric power options.

Fiat claims that the new Scudo will offer up to 6.6 cubic metres of load area space, depending on the specified bodystyle length, and quotes a maximum payload capacity of up to 1,400kg.

5. Mercedes Citan

A number of new small vans will go on sale in the UK in 2022, and one of those fresh-faced options will be the latest version of the Mercedes Citan. It’s quite an important model for Mercedes, too; as well as being its contender in the small van market, it’ll also form the basis of its upcoming Mercedes T-Class people carrier.

According to Mercedes, the new Citan will have a load area of up to 2.9 cubic metres, and is capable of hauling a payload of up to 782kg. As with the previous version, the new Mercedes Citan will be offered from launch with a selection of petrol and diesel engines, though it’s unclear whether the promised electric eCitan version will also be available when the regular Citan goes on sale in late 2022.

6. Nissan Townstar

The Nissan Townstar will be Nissan’s smallest van when it goes on sale in 2022, though that hasn’t stopped it from being fairly spacious by class standards. A 4.3 cubic metre load area is quoted for the car, and Nissan also claims that the Townstar is capable of carrying a payload of up to 800kg.

Unlike some of its rivals, the Nissan Townstar won’t be offered with any diesel engines; the only combustion-powered version uses a 1.3-litre petrol engine. However, there will be an electric-only version of the Townstar, which uses a 44kWh battery pack that Nissan claims is large enough for around 177 miles of driving range per charge.

7. Renault Kangoo

Rounding off the selection of small vans on this list is the latest version of the Renault Kangoo. Like the other compact cargo haulers mentioned earlier, the Kangoo offers good practicality for its size. Depending on the chassis length, the new Kangoo can come with a 4.9 cubic metre load bay that can carry loads of up to 800kg.

Prospective Kangoo buyers who’d prefer combustion power will be well catered for with the Renault; from launch, the small van will be available with one petrol and no fewer than three diesel engine options. Like its predecessor, the new Renault Kangoo can also be specified as an electric van, with up to 186 miles of driving range from a full battery charge.

8. Toyota Corolla Commercial

A new face will join the club of car-based vans in summer 2022, in the form of the new Toyota Corolla Commercial. Boiled down to the bare essentials, it’s a Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate car that does without the rear row of seats to maximise the car’s load area size.

How big that load area will be remains to be seen, though for reference the regular Corolla Touring Sports has a maximum load area of up to 1,606 litres once its rear seats have been folded down. Because the car uses the regular Corolla’s 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid setup, Toyota claims that the Corolla Commercial will be capable of returning up to 62.7mpg.

9. Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen will mark its return to the truck market in 2022, when it launches a new version of its Amarok pick-up. While Volkswagen’s remaining coy over details for now, we have a good idea of what to expect from the next-gen Amarok, as it will be closely related to the new Ford Ranger.

This means the new VW Amarok will likely be available with all-wheel-drive and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, depending on the specification. Engine options will likely also consist of 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre six-cylinder offerings, with the latter likely being of appeal to owners of the old Amarok V6 model, which was surprisingly quick and fun to drive for this type of vehicle.

10. Volkswagen ID.Buzz Cargo

Much like Ford, Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle contributions to the year won’t just consist of pick-up trucks. VW is also bringing to market a new panel van that sources inspiration from the classic Volkswagen Campervan, and will only be available with fully electric power.

At the time of writing, Volkswagen hasn’t revealed all that much on the new van. Even its name is being kept a closely guarded secret, as VW has only officially referred to it as the production version of the ID.Buzz concept car. We do at least know that the Volkswagen ID van will share technologies with the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 family cars, so the ID.Buzz Cargo should offer competitive electric range and charging times.

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