Cheap van deals

Read our guide to the best cheap van deals around

BuyaCar team
Aug 25, 2020

So you need a van? At BuyaCar, we have 2576 used models ready for you to take your pick, and we're confident you'll be able to find what you're after, whether it's a high capacity panel van or a compact car-derived model in either single or double-cab variations.

You’re not alone either. According to a recent study from the Urban Transport Group, there are currently 3.8 million registered vans in the UK - up 74% since 1996.

In fact, vans now represent 15% of all motor vehicle traffic, and the Ford Transit (in its various forms) stands as the seventh best selling vehicle in Britain during 2019.

The selection of vans is growing every year too. This means there’s more choice, and physically more vans than ever to pick from on the used market. Our list below shows cheap van deals, with a number of great value finance deals that could get you a decent saving.

Best cheap van deals

1. Ford Transit Custom

Used Ford Transit Custom deals from £10,990
Monthly finance from £222
Loadspace 5.95m3
Payload 1,090kg
Fuel economy 43mpg-46mpg

The Ford Transit has been on British roads for more than fifty years now. When most people think of vans, they think of the Ford Transit. It’s been a best-seller too, which means there are plenty on offer on the used market. A 2017 Transit Custom will typically cost around £250 a month, and as low as £200 if you want a basic model.

It’s a brilliant-all rounder with strong and powerful diesel engines, and two different wheelbases. It’s also one of the safest vans on the market, with a Euro NCAP rating of five stars out of five. However, legroom for front passengers isn’t great - something to consider if you regularly travel three up with tall people.

2. Volkswagen Transporter

Used Volkswagen Transporter deals from £16,495
Monthly finance from £378
Loadspace 5.8m3
Payload 993kg
Fuel economy 47.9mpg combined

The Volkswagen Transporter is popular among private buyers as well as businesses because of its dependability, and its history as a quality commercial vehicle. It's a distant descendant of the Type 2 vans that included the iconic VW Camper, so there's some heritage there too.

But even if you ignore that and just look at it as a van, it’s one of the best around. Build quality is a step above most others in this segment and it comes equipped with powerful and frugal engines. The range-topping 204hp bi-turbo engine gets the Transporter to 62mph in a rapid 8.6 seconds too.

In cab storage isn’t on par with some marques, most notably Citroen or Peugeot. But it’s a small price to pay for an otherwise excellent product.

3. Peugeot Partner

Used Peugeot Partner deals from £6,795
Monthly finance from £165
Loadspace 3.3m3
Payload 856kg
Fuel economy 44mpg-69mpg

If you’re after a newish van for as little money as possible, the Peugeot Partner has a strong appeal. In short, it’s comfortable, costs pennies to run thanks to frugal engines, and there’s also a three-seat option. The interior is flexible too, and it can travel 12,500 miles (or two years) between services.

It is noisy inside, especially at motorway speeds. But 2017 models start at £160 a month, which is highly attractive if all you’re after is utilitarian cargo mover and not much else.

4. Vauxhall Vivaro

Used Vauxhall Vivaro deals from £9,495
Monthly finance from £229
Loadspace 8.6m3
Payload 1,079kg-1,269kg
Fuel economy 43.5mpg - 47.9mpg

The Vauxhall Vivaro has been built here in the UK since its inception in 2001, and that will continue after Vauxhall announced that the next generation (third) will manufactured at their British plant.

That van has just gone on sale, so there aren't any used deals on it just yet. So the the combi van in question is the second generation (pictured). It's available in two different length and height combinations, and there are two engine choices. They’re both 1.6-litre diesels, but the more powerful version has two turbos, producing 125hp while the single turbo engine makes 95hp. The twin-turbo model is faster and better for motorway miles, but is more expensive to buy.

It’s also well thought of in terms of ride comfort, as well as noise insulation. However, there have been reports of minor faults, like door handles falling off.

5. Fiat Talento

Used Fiat Talento deals Limited stock
Loadspace 8.6m3
Payload 1,079kg-1,249kg
Fuel economy 43.5mpg - 47.9mpg

No, don’t adjust your screen. The Fiat Talento looks much the same as the Vauxhall Vivaro above, mostly because they are pretty much the same. Well, apart from different grilles and badges. And the Talento is built in France, not Luton.

There are nine variants in total, including the crew bus mentioned here. This fits seven people, and it has bigger doors than rivals like the Peugeot Expert or Citroen Dispatch, which makes it easier for people to get in and out of. Engines are all 1.6 diesels with single or twin-turbos, and power outputs from 95hp to 145hp.

There are two trim levels – the entry level model gets central locking, electric windows and mirrors, height adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth, DAB radio and steering wheel controls for audio. The entry level Combi is called Active, and adds a rear tailgate with wiper, passenger airbag and rear seats that fold or can be removed.

6. Ford Fiesta

Used Ford Fiesta Van deals from £5,195
Monthly finance from £130
Loadspace 1.0m3
Payload 500kg
Fuel economy 76.4mpg

A new Fiesta-derived van has just arrived, which means that old-model Fiesta vans (pictured) are getting cheaper. If you don’t need to haul huge loads around, a car-derived van offers most of the benefits of a small car (easy to park, good to drive, car interior) but with a big load area.

Essentially, the Fiesta Van is much the same as the excellent Ford Fiesta your mum has, except that the rear seats have been ripped out. Go for the sport spec, which can be had in eye-searing colours and sporty looking alloy wheels.

7. Land Rover Discovery

Used Land Rover Discovery deals Limited stock
Loadspace 1.856m3
Payload 900kg
Fuel economy N/A

Like the Fiesta above, this is essentially a car with the rear seats taken out. Land Rover is a luxury brand, so up front is the most luxurious interior you'll find in a van.

The payload of 900kg is massive in comparison to other SUV-based vans, and much much better than other car-derived vans like the Vauxhall Corsavan. Being a Land Rover, it has four-wheel drive, meaning that it has better grip in bad weather. It is also more expensive than other vans on this list.

8. Citroen Relay

Used Citroen Relay deals from £12,595
Monthly finance from £265
Loadspace 13m3
Payload 1,525kg
Fuel economy Combined 45.6mpg

Citroen Relays can house a massive payload of 1,525kg. To put that into context, that’s nearly the weight of two Smart ForTwos.

The Relay is otherwise a very solid van complete with emissions-compliant and economical diesel engines. It’s reasonable to drive too, but the bigger high-roof spec vans don’t ride that well over bumps when there’s no load in the rear. It also can’t be had with an automatic gearbox.

Those seeking space without the price will find bargains for slightly older vans too. 2014-registered vans with around 35,000 miles can be had for about £185 a month.

9. Nissan e-NV200

Used Nissan e-NV200 deals from £12,495
Monthly finance from £295
Loadspace 4.2m3
Payload 703kg
Electric range 106-174 miles

Electric vans aren’t just for the environmentally aware - there’s a good business case for them as well. Charging a van up from empty at night time outside your home costs (roughly) £1.50, and you’d need to spend (roughly) ten times that to get £100 miles of diesel.

Older Nissan e-NV200s (pre-2017) have an official range of 106 miles, however, post 2017 vans have a range of 174 miles. It also works just like a normal van, and it’s just as easy to drive too. Because of the electrical gubbins they only comes in automatics, and they work in near-silence too. We’re sure that a Nissan e-NV200 would be a breath of fresh air if you’re used to a clattery old diesel-engined van.

10. Toyota Hilux

Used Toyota Hilux deals Limited stockLoadspace N/A
Payload 1,128kg
Fuel economy up to 40.4mpg combined

The Toyota Hilux is the most famous name in the pick-up game, and it’s easy to see why. It has been used in different applications for nearly 50-years, and sales accumulate to more than 18 million worldwide throughout its lifetime. It’s become a byword for resilience and dependability - so throwing your tools in the back shouldn’t be a problem for it.

2015 models start at less than £15,000. These can be had with four-wheel-drive, in a double-cab configuration, with less than 30,000 miles on them. Go for one with steel wheels to complete the go-anywhere utilitarian look.


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