Fastest vans

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

Leon Poultney
Aug 3, 2021

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

Top speed 126mph
0-62mph 8.9 seconds
Used deals from £17,490
Monthly finance from £396*

According to Volkswagen, a Transporter with the most powerful 204hp 2.0-litre twin-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.

Loadspace up to 9,300 litres
Payload up to 1,278kg
Fuel economy up to 40.4mpg

2. Volkswagen Caddy

Top speed 116mph
0-62mph 10.5 seconds
Used deals from £9,750
Monthly finance from £234*

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 122hp 2.0-litre diesel engine and manual gearbox can tackle the 0-62mph sprint in Golf-like 10.5 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 3,700 litres
Payload up to 700kg
Fuel economy 57.6mpg

3. Fiat Talento

Top speed 112mph
0-62mph 10.9 seconds
Used deals Limited stock

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.

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

4. Ford Transit Custom

Top speed 110mph (est.)
0-62mph N/A
Used deals from £13,450
Monthly finance from £295*

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

5. Mercedes Sprinter

Top speed 100mph (est.)
0-62mph 10.0 seconds (est.)
Used deals from £22,995
Monthly finance from £540*

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.

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

*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%

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