Parkers Awards 2021 - Best Medium Van

Best Medium Van Award in partnership with… MCN 

 

What makes a good medium van? Affordability, versatility and a decent loadbay combined with city-friendly dimensions. But we’d also argue that technical innovation is increasingly important, especially given the immense pace of change in the motoring world right now. Our Medium Van of the Year contenders are great to drive, packed with kit and do their best to keep Britain moving.

Best medium van 2021

CITROEN DISPATCH/PEUGEOT EXPERT/
TOYOTA PROACE
/VAUXHALL VIVARO

These vans may be sold by different brands but they are all the same vehicle underneath, so it makes sense to treat them as one entry. Innovative, great all-round performers, and good to drive, they offer class-leading payload ratings and a range of highly efficient engines, not to mention a choice of up to three body lengths. So they're capable of working hard. They're available with all the latest kit, too, so if you want electrically operated side doors or even a head-up display, they’re all on the options list. Choose any of these four, and you can't go far wrong.

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Best medium van - Ford Transit Custom

FORD TRANSIT CUSTOM

The Ford Transit Custom is the UK’s bestselling van and during lockdown, it outsold all cars on sale, too. This alone is clear proof of just how important this van is to the state of the nation. It's one of the most practical all-round choices in the medium van class, sold via a network of specialised Transit centres. The Transit Custom has been constantly updated, with a facelift in 2018, new engines in 2019, and an all-new plug-in hybrid version in 2020. Add high payload ratings, a great driving experience, car-like tech in the cab, and it’s no wonder this is such a popular product.

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Best medium van - VW Transporter

VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER

The Volkswagen Transporter has an army of fans across the world, who see it as much a part of their lifestyle as they do a simple working vehicle. That's understandable, given its huge array of options to achieve the perfect personalised touch. Standard-fit autonomous emergency braking ramps up the safety compared with most rivals, while strong residual values make for competitive monthly finance costs and higher than average used prices when you come to sell it on. The latest versions are packed with technology but haven’t lost sight of the importance of practicality, and the driving experience is better than ever, too.

How much is it to insure?

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