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Best Small Van | Parkers Van and Pickup Awards 2024

Best Small Van Award in partnership with Mustard  

Small vans combine affordability, versatility and have a usefully small footprint that makes them easy to drive for anyone who jumps in. Our 2024 award winner from Toyota is also exceptionally car-like, with lots of available technology. But don't think that means it makes a poor working vehicle – this tough little van has huge payload capacity, too.

Written by Tom Webster Published: 14 November 2023 Updated: 14 November 2023

Toyota Proace City  

Toyota Proace City - Best Small Van
Toyota Proace City - Best Small Van

The Toyota Proace City has retained its win in the Best Small Van category, seeing off some of the newest rivals in the industry.  

The Toyota’s win is down to the numbers first and foremost. It provides a minimum 1,000kg payload across every version and offers strong value for money, but the thing that really sets it apart from four very similar (almost identical) vans is its unbeatable 10-year warranty. 

This is the sort of thing that could make a real-world difference to how much your van costs to run during its time with you and is a compelling reason for our continued championing of the Proace City. It’s just as good to drive and comes as well equipped as the equivalents from Citroen, Fiat, Peugeot and Vauxhall, but that warranty is worth a lot more than, say, a small steering wheel or some comfortable seats. 

Read our full Toyota Proace City review

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How much is it to insure?

Based on a 43-year old male the Toyota Proace City would cost £474.22 to insure.

*Insurance quotes are from and are based on a 43-year-old, employed married male living in Stowmarket with nine-years’ NCD and no claims or convictions. Insurance quotes will vary depending on individual circumstances.


Renault Kangoo 

Renault Kangoo panel van

The Renault Kangoo is a genuinely excellent van, and one that ran the Proace City very close in this category. However, the version we get in the UK is not quite as clever as its left-hand drive equivalents and it is merely excellent rather than class leading as a result. 

The Kangoo drives superbly, has one of the best electric versions in the class and has a smart cabin. However, it is up against some fantastic competition so finishing as highly commended in the Best Small Van award category is no shame in this instance. 

Read our full Renault Kangoo review

Mercedes-Benz Citan 

Where the Kangoo goes the Citan is not far behind. The changes between the two vans are minimal, but notable enough that this is not a simple rebadging exercise. There is a real feeling of quality to the Citan, with a bespoke Mercedes dashboard setting it apart from its Renault sibling. 

Everything the Kangoo does well, though, also applies here. The Citan is a practical and accomplished van on the road, with an excellent electric model. We’ve deliberately only referred to the Mercedes and Renault here – you can also get a Nissan equivalent in the form of the Townstar, but only offering a choice between petrol and electric is out of kilter with the rest of the market. 

Read our full Mercedes-Benz Citan review