Fastest vans

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

Leon Poultney
Jul 30, 2018

Vans aren't exactly marketed as desirable sports machines, with manufacturers choosing instead to focus 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 do? 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 see 100mph or more on the speedometer in Britain.

Fastest vans

Volkswagen Transporter

Top speed 126mph 0-62mph 9.1secs
List price from £24,877 2017 vans typically £19,990

According to Volkswagen, a Transporter with the most powerful 204hp 2.0 TDI engine mated to a slick DSG automatic gearbox is capable of hitting 126mph, making it undeniably one of the fastest vans money can buy today.

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, while long distance drivers have a tendency to cruise at blistering speeds.

It might not sport the largest load capacity here, but the VW T6 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.

Loadspace up to 9,300 litres Payload up to 1,301kg Fuel economy up to 51.4mpg

 

Volkswagen Caddy

Top speed 119mph 0-62mph 9.2secs
List price from £19,180 2017 vans typically £19,990

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 Caddy looks like the current generation Golf, it features much of the entertainment systems of a Golf and the driving experience isn't far from a Golf either, meaning it's no surprise the Maxi Kombi with a 2.0 TDI 150hp engine and manual gearbox can tickle 119 mph, as well as tackle the 0-62mph sprint in 9.2 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.

Loadspace up to 3,200 litres Payload up to 635kg Fuel economy 49.6mpg

 

Fiat Talento

Top speed 112mph 0-62mph 10.9secs
Manufacturer price from £20,795 2017 vans typically £15,575

Even though this Italian Renault Trafic (it shares much of the French van's bodywork and underpinnings) is underpowered compared to the aforementioned VW, 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.

Loadspace up to 8,600 litres Payload up to 1,249kg Fuel economy up to 50.4mpg

Ford Transit Custom

Top speed 110mph (est.) 0-62mph N/A
List price from £21,250 2017 vans typically £15,000

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.

Loadspace up to 7,200 litres Payload up to 1,393kg Fuel economy up to 46.3mpg

 

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Top speed 100mph (est.) 0-62mph 10.0sec(est)
Manufacturer price from £29,840 2017 vans typically £19,000

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 CDI 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-Benz 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 on of the safest and most accomplished long distance cruisers on the list.

Loadspace up to 17,000 litres Payload up to 2,253kg Fuel economy up to 35.3mpg

 

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