Fastest vans

Enjoy speedy deliveries, hasty hauling, and prompt people moving with the fastest vans on sale

Leon Poultney
Apr 8, 2022

Vans aren't exactly marketed as sporty machines, with manufacturers choosing instead to focus understandably on the practical aspects: cargo capacity, weight limits and fuel economy figures. As a result, many van makers don't even publish the 0-62mph acceleration times that are standard for new car promotional material, on the grounds that nobody really needs to know.

But what if you're the type of van driver that likes to show off down the pub? We've compiled the list of the fastest-accelerating vans below, along with their top speed.

Although you are unlikely to base your van buying decision entirely on a vehicle's top speed, acceleration is worth considering, as the time taken to go from a standstill to 62mph is a realistic gauge of performance.

Top speed is less useful, as every van on this page can easily exceed the national speed limit. And no matter what other drivers might think, you're unlikely to ever reach more than 70mph on the speedometer in Britain.

Fastest vans

1. Volkswagen Transporter

Our pick Volkswagen Transporter 2.0 BiTDI DSG
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According to Volkswagen, a Transporter with the most powerful 204hp 2.0-litre tin-turbocharged diesel engine and the slick automatic gearbox is capable of hitting 126mph, making it undeniably one of the fastest vans money can buy today. A four-wheel-drive version is almost as quick, managing 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds.

The fact that this speedy vehicle comes from a German manufacturer comes as no surprise, seeing as the country's Autobahn network is famous for boasting stretches that have no maximum speed limit, giving long-distance drivers the opportunity to cruise at blistering speeds.

It might not sport the largest load capacity here, but the Volkswagen T6.1 Transporter is arguably the perfect commercial vehicle in which to hastily haul cargo, as its steering, suspension, chassis dynamics and rapid changing auto 'box make it one of the most car-like driving experiences on this list.

Top speed0-62mphFuel economyLoadspacePayload
126mph8.9 secondsup to 40.4mpgup to 9,300 litresup to 1,278kg

 

2. Volkswagen Caddy

Our pick Volkswagen Caddy 2.0 TDI
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Two vans propping up the top five is a result any manufacturer would be pleased with and it seems VW isn't afraid of creating a commercial vehicle that's capable of strong performance.

The front end of the Caddy looks like a Volkswagen Golf, it features much of the interior of a Golf, and the driving experience isn't far from what you'd feel in a Golf either. It's no surprise, therefore, that the Caddy with a 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engine and manual gearbox can tackle the 0-62mph sprint in Golf-like 9.4 seconds.

With a strong optional extras list, the latest creature comforts and great styling, the Volkswagen Caddy is one of the best small vans around, even if it is on the expensive side.

Top speed0-62mphFuel economyLoadspacePayload
117mph9.4 secondsup to 57.6mpgup to 3,700 litresup to 700kg

 

3. Fiat Talento

Our pick Fiat Talento 1.6 Ecojet
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This is basically an Italian version of the Renault Trafic (it shares much of the French van's bodywork and mechanical bits). It's relatively underpowered compared to the aforementioned Volkswagen Caddy, but it still manages an impressive 112mph when specified with the 145hp diesel engine.

Talento customers also benefit from some striking exterior styling, including a neat front light signature in the more expensive options, while a handy optional loading hatch in the bulkhead makes transporting longer items easier.

Top speed0-62mphFuel economyLoadspacePayload
112mph10.9 secondsup to 50.4mpgup to 8,600 litresup to 1,249kg

 

4. Ford Transit Custom

Ford Transit Custom front three quarters view

Our pick Ford Transit Custom 2.0 TDCi
Used deals from £13,995

There are many jokes circulating about Ford Transit drivers and top speeds, but we won't go there. The fact of the matter is, the latest Ford 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines not only return an impressive 46.3mpg in their most frugal setting, they can also propel the large van to 110mph.

Again, this is one of those figures that is tricky to find in any promotional materials, so we had to take it on authority from a Ford spokesperson, but with 170hp and 405Nm of torque, we believe it.

Top speed0-62mphFuel economyLoadspacePayload
110mph (est.)n/aup to 46.3mpgup to 7,200 litresup to 1,393kg

 

5. Mercedes Sprinter

Our pick Mercedes Sprinter 3.0 V6 CDI
Used deals Limited stock

Often seen pounding the motorways of Europe, the Mercedes Sprinter is not only one of the most accomplished large load haulers, the latest model is also equipped with some impressive firepower. A range-topping 190hp V6 diesel engine ensures the large van lives up to its name, and despite its gargantuan frame (it comes in three wheelbase choices, nine different body styles and three roof heights) it still manages to hit a top speed of around 100mph.

A Mercedes spokesperson couldn't track down an official figure, as the marque claims it is not something they test for, but the 100 number is a good one to go off.

Throw in the technological delights of crosswind assist, blind spot assist, lane-keeping assist and a front collision prevention system and you have one of the safest and most accomplished long-distance cruisers on the list.

Top speed0-62mphFuel economyLoadspacePayload
100mph (est.)10 seconds (est.)up to 35.3mpgup to 17,000 litresup to 2,253kg

 

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Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
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Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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