Best vans to buy 2021

The latest way to meet your cargo-carrying requirements: these are the best vans to buy in 2021

BuyaCar team
Apr 16, 2021

Looking for a fresh van in 2021? This may be BuyaCar, but we have vans on offer here too. There are 3099 used vans currently available on BuyaCar, each offering its own blend of usability, capability and economy. Whether you're in need of a larger carrier capable of shifting more than a tonne of equipment, or something more lightweight that's going to scamper up and down the country at minimal cost, we have a wide and eclectic selection of vans ready to deliver to your door.

There's even an electric option on this list. At a time when efficiency is the buzz word in the motor industry, you might well be in the mood to do your bit and go electric, but if the model we've chosen here doesn't quite suit your fancy, our guide to the best electric vans currently on sale is full of tempting alternatives.

These being some of the latest van models on the market, you can expect to find many of the convenience features you'll be used to in your family hatchback, with up-to-date media systems, driver assistance tech and all the basics such air-conditioning and sat-nav.

If you're keen to upgrade your current business vehicle to something a bit more modern, this list of eight great used vans is an exciting place to start. Each is available with excellent value finance deals, ensuring your next purchase will be affordable, and even more satisfying.

Best vans 2021

1. Vauxhall Vivaro

Max payload 1400 kg
Max power 178hp
Length Up to 5.3 metres

The latest Vauxhall Vivaro, proudly built in Luton, shares mechanical bits with the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert.

It comes in two lengths (L1H1 4.95m and L2H1 5.30m), and three body styles including panel van, doublecab for up to six occupants, and a platform chassis. Payload is up to 1,400 kg, cargo capacity sits at 6.6m3, and it has a 2,500kg towing capacity.

The Vivaro is available in three trim levels: Edition, Sportive and Elite. Edition is basic, Sportive adds body coloured mirrors and handles, while top-of-the range Elite models get safety features such as blind spot detection. There's an electric version of the Vivaro on sale now, too, with used models beginning to arrive on BuyaCar.

2. Mercedes Sprinter

Max payload Around 1,500kg
Max power 190hp
Length Up to 6.9 metres

This is the latest version of the Mercedes Sprinter. Headline changes over the previous model include some aerodynamic and eye-catching exterior styling, a new electric model to join the line-up and a plethora of new interior technology.

The German marque's new MBUX touchscreen media system is available, while comfortable air suspension is also offered on certain models.

Payload, fuel efficiency and general capabilities will match or better the outgoing model but Mercedes has ensured the Sprinter is the most technologically accomplished yet, with numerous parking aids on offer and a 'connected' module that allows fleet managers to call up telematics, GPS information, and much more.

3. Ford Transit Custom

Max payload Around 1,450kg
Max power 170hp
Length Up to 5.3 metres

When the long awaited replacement for the Ford Transit Custom arrived it was met with an extremely positive reception by all accounts.

With 25 litres of storage space littered throughout the improved interior, multiple USB ports and plug sockets, and Ford's impressive Sync 3 media system, the Transit Custom is up there as one of the very best vans to travel in.

This, along with a selection of advanced EcoBlue diesel engines offering powerful performance and strong fuel economy, all adds up to form an ideal recipe for a huge number of van drivers.

On top of this, Ford has introduced a new Acceleration Control system that alters the rate of acceleration according to whether the vehicle is un-laden or part-laden. As a result, you can expect to lower your fuel consumption by up to 15%.

4. Citroen Berlingo

Max payload Around 854kg
Max power 120hp
Length Up to 4.6 metres

The latest Citroen Berlingo underwent some serious styling changes compared to its predecessor, with a sharper front end benefitting from a modern light cluster and its interior receiving a seven-inch touchscreen display for its system along with improved sat-nav.

Grip Control also optimises traction in adverse weather conditions and features modes for mud, snow and sand, while a handy reversing camera makes parking a doddle.

The Berlingo still makes for an affordable and fuss-free small van, but these additional new comfort and practicality solutions make it more appealing than ever.

5. Ford Transit Courier

Max payload Around 600kg
Max power 95hp
Length Up to 4.2 metres

Ford gave its entire van line-up a comprehensive refresh in 2019, with the popular Transit Courier and Connect models also receiving some major updates.

The Courier not only benefits from a comprehensive facelift, it also features the same 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine found in the Transit Custom that promises state-of-the-art fuel injection, turbocharging, emissions control and friction reduction to reduce those annual fuel bills.

Inside, it also gets a six-inch tablet-style touchscreen media system on higher-specification models, which uses the same Sync 3 software as the Transit Custom and promises plenty of connectivity.

6. Nissan e-NV200

Max payload 694kg
Max power 109hp
Length Up to 4.6 metres

This is the electric Nissan e-NV200. A small but usable van from the same mold as the Renault Kangoo ZE.

Another addition to the environmentally friendly CV sector comes in the shape of the new and improved Nissan e-NV200, which is fitted with the latest 40kWh battery pack that offers a 60% extended range.

Customers will be now be able to drive around 174-miles on a single charge, which represents around 62 miles additional motoring and means businesses and private owners can tackle city centres and busy urban environments with a reduced sense of range anxiety.

7. Fiat Talento Sportivo

Max payload 1,249kg
Max power 145hp
Length Up to 5.4 metres

The latest Fiat Talento Sportivo sees alloy wheels, metallic paint, Sportivo side-stripes, painted bumpers and a host of other safety and comfort features added to the package.

On top of the racy exterior styling, air conditioning, touchscreen with satnav, reverse parking sensors and cruise control come as standard, while Fiat's current range of punchy yet economical petrol and diesel engines remains the same.

With such a decent amount of interior kit, the Talento Sportivo could prove to be one of the most lavish among rivals of a similar price.

8. Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial

Max payload 580kg
Max power 177hp
Length 4.3 metres

No, don’t adjust your screens. This is a Toyota Land Cruiser, but one that is technically classed as a van. It’s pretty similar to the regular four-wheel-drive behemoth, but just with the rear seats ripped out.

It might not have the biggest payload, but, it does come in long and short wheelbases, plus, it has genuine off-roading ability. If you regularly need to transport heavy things up mountains, this is the van for you.

The 2.7-litre diesel engine feels strong, and it’s even quite sprightly when not fully loaded. Granted, it might not handle much like a car, but it drives better than most other vans.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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