Best used vans

The best used vans will keep the business running while on a tight budget

BuyaCar team
Feb 14, 2020

Cosnidering there are more than three million vans driving around on UK roads, it is notoriously difficult to source genuinely good value deals on the used van market.

You can still find good examples with some notable savings over the cost of buying factory fresh metal though, simply due to the fact that a previous owner has already taken the deprecation hit.

Those looking to really pinch the pennies will likely have to focus on high-mileage examples, which throws up the issue of reliability. So it's well worth checking service history and enquiring about any valid warranties that may apply to well-used models.

Having a clear idea of whether you need large, small, or medium-sized van can also be useful, the last thing you want to do is spend a few housand pounds on space you don't need.

Best used vans

1. Peugeot Partner

Best small used van for overall value

Used deals from £6,695
Monthly finance from £145
Loadspace
3,300 litres
Payload Up to 850kg
Fuel economy 56.5mpg

This French model offers bags of features at a very reasonable price. It's easy to find top spec Professional models with minimal miles on the clock for less than £9,000 plus VAT. Even basic S models come with electric windows and a radio with CD player inside - these start from around £5,000.

L1 is the standard wheelbase length that serves most users. Longer L2 versions are less popular, more expensive, and harder to track down. Available in both petrol and diesel variants, some models will have been specced with aa trick stability control system that helps it off-road too.

The Partner makes a flexible small van that can often be found flaunting some very enticing savings over rivals from the likes of Volkswagen and Ford.

2. Fiat Fiorino

Best small used van for ultra-compact space

Used deals Limited stock
Loadspace
2,500 litres
Payload 660kg
Fuel economy 64.2mpg

Its diminutive proportions and ultra tight turning circle make this little load-lugger the perfect companion for tight inner-city streets, which will suit those owners that don't need masses of cargo space.

A fine selection of frugal petrol and diesel engines is offered, while a well-specified interior boasting the latest entertainment technology, hardwearing plastics and intuitive controls make it a tempting proposition.

3. Renault Kangoo

Best small used van for bargain hunters

Used deals from £6,495
Monthly finance from £161
Loadspace 3,000 litres
PayloadFuel economy 61.4mpg

The Kangoo has long been popular with fleet buyers and private customers thanks to its no-frills exterior styling, efficient engine range and easy-to-use interior switchgear.

The benefit of such ubiquity is a buoyant used market that offers some seriously good steals for those who don't mind slightly older models or those with a few miles under their (fan) belts.

It's easy enough to find quality used examples for as little as £6,000 plus VAT, which is about as low as prices get for these workhorses.

4. Ford Transit Connect

Best small used van for style

Used deals from £8,816
Monthly finance from £217
Loadspace 2,900 litres
Payload 580kg
Fuel economy 61.4mpg

When it comes to agile and stylishly designed small vans, very few rivals come close to the Ford Transit Connect. It fuses elements like alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and sharp body kits with myriad practical touches.

Expect to find Ford's latest touchscreen Sync 3 entertainment system inside more recent models, complete with AppLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and intuitive navigation, while an innovative 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines deliver impressive performance with far lower CO2 emissions than most other vans.

5. Volkswagen Transporter

Best medium used van for panel van users

Used deals from £11,495
Monthly finance from £282
Loadspace
5,800 litres
Payload 952kg
Fuel economy 37.7mpg

Reliable, stylish, impressively efficient and easily customised into a camper, the Volkswagen Transporter has long been one of the best light commercial vehicles money can buy, which means snaring large savings is a very difficult feat to achieve.

The modern range of panel vans come fitted with excellent Euro 6 diesel engines - ranging from 84hp to 204hp outputs - as well as some efficient and quiet petrol units with either 150hp or 204hp power outputs. Inside, expect typical Volkswagen levels of comfort and technology, with one of the most car-like interiors found in the world of vans today, while a silky smooth DSG automatic gearbox makes life on the road easier.

6. Toyota Proace

Best medium used van for reliability

Used deals from £14,394
Monthly finance from £352
Loadspace
5,300 litres
Payload 1,487kg
Fuel economy 53.5mpg

An impressive five-year/100,000-mile warranty comes with all Toyota vehicles, such is the marque's confidence in its products, while Toyota has long been ranked as one of the most reliable manufacturers around.

The Proace might look like a Peugeot Expert with a slightly different badge on the front, but it benefits from Toyota's excellent range of engines that have been proven to go the distance.

Available in everything from a compact panel van to and extra-long crew cab, the Proace is a versatile and reliable choice.

7. Ford Transit Custom

Best medium used van for choice

Used deals from £10,499
Monthly finance from £226
Loadspace
5,950 litres
Payload 1,090kg
Fuel economy 40.4mpg

Where once there was the Transit, the go-to van for many tradespeople, now there is this mid-size Transit Custom (pictured) and below it the smaller Transit Courier and Transit Connect. The larger Transit that now competes with rivals such as the Vauxhall Movano.

The Transit Custom is what most people imagine when they think of a Ford van and its typical qualities including ease of driving and maintenance, tough construction, and roomy and practical body.

8. Mercedes Sprinter

Best used large van for comfort

Used deals from £15,495
Monthly finance from £378
Loadspace
6,900 litres
Payload 1116kg
Fuel economy 34.9mpg

The (almost) infinitely customisable Mercedes Sprinter could also feature on this list as one of the largest and most capable vans currently available to buy, but it's also happens to be one of the most comfortable.

Typical Mercedes craftsmanship and engineering have been applied, meaning it's generally quiet, refined, yet powerful on the open road.

Due to its popularity, used Sprinters are easy to find with massive savings from the list price, so long as you're open to at least 40,000 miles on the clock and models that are at least two years old.

9. Vauxhall Movano

Best used large van for flexibility

Used deals from £12,995
Monthly finance from £318
Loadspace
10,800 litres
Payload 1,491kg
Fuel economy 36.2mpg

These Goliaths of the road share the same basic platform as the Renault Master and Nissan NV400, meaning choice of brand will largely come down to the specification and engine spread offered by each manufacturer.

Vauxhall's biggest selling point is the level of choice in the Movano range. Customers can choose from four body lengths and three roof heights, while four engines, front and rear-wheel-drive options and an optional automatic gearbox add further flexibility.

10. Peugeot Boxer

Best used van for large loads

Used deals from £14,699
Monthly finance from £342
Loadspace
13,000 litres
Payload 1,525kg
Fuel economy 38.2mpg

The Boxer is already a giant van, but you can get a extra long wheelbase and high roof version that has a 13,000-litre load capacity. Move up to L4H3 specification and that capacity increases to 17,000-litres.

If the Boxer doesn't quite tick all the boxes you, you’ll find there are related models in the shape of the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay which will at least widen the net in terms of searching for specific ages and mileages.

 

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