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Top 10 low emission small vans for 2015

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Written by Liam Campbell Published: 4 August 2015 Updated: 4 August 2015

With the taxation on vans likely to be moving to an emission-based system by 2018, we look at the best vehicles for this year. Although the Euro-6 legislation, isn’t due to be introduced next year, there are plenty of Euro-6 compliant low emission vans on the market now.

Surprisingly, some of the newer vans, like the Euro-6 2015 Volkswagen Caddy, emit more CO2 emissions than some of the older Euro-5 vans, such as the Ford Transit Connect.

That’s why you might be surprised to see the conventionally-powered Nissan NV200 and Vauxhall Combo missed out on the cut. So here is the list of the Top 10 low emission small vans for 2015

Also read: Euro-6 deadline announced for September 2016.

10 – Fiat Doblo Cargo 1.3mJet EcoJet 90 – 115g/km

Fiat Doblo Cargo

Just making into the top ten is the Fiat Doblo Cargo. The EcoJet pack, which includes the fuel saving technology, helps the Doblo Cargo achieve an impressive 64.2mpg and 115g/km of CO2.

Read Fiat Doblo Cargo review.

9 – Volkswagen Caddy 2.0TDi 102 – 114g/km (with Adblue)

Volkswagen Caddy 2015

Despite being the newest van on our list, the 2015 Volkswagen Caddy only just makes it. The 2-litre engine from Volkswagen is renowned for its durability and strength, but it’s a lot larger than the competitors and may serve as a reason why it performs so poorly. The 10-litre Adblue tank will need refilling every 11,200 miles too.

Read Volkswagen Caddy review.

8 – Mercedes-Benz Citan 109CDi (1.5-litre) BlueEfficiency – 112g/km

Mercedes-Benz Citan road test

The Mercedes-Benz Citan uses Renault-Nissan’s veteran 1.5-litre diesel, but it still achieves a low 112g/km CO2 thanks to the BlueEfficiency package. As with fuel consumption, the Mercedes-Benz Citan is narrowly beaten by its sibling, the Renault Kangoo.

Read the Mercedes-Benz Citan review.

6 – Renault Kangoo 1.5DCi Energy 90 – 110g/km

Just beating the Mercedes Citan is the Renault Kangoo. The Energy package, which also features on the Renault Trafic and Renault Master, is very comprehensive, and gives the Renault Kangoo an emission rating of just 110g/km of CO2.

Read the Renault Kangoo review.

6 – Citroen Berlingo 1.6 100 BlueHDi ETG – 110g/km (with AdBlue)

Citroen Berlingo

The Citroen Berlingo, along with the Peugeot Partner, is the oldest vehicle in this segment and received a long awaited refresh this year. Among the changes was an upgraded BlueHDi engine, which feature SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology to reach the Euro-6 emission standard.

Read the Citroen Berlingo review.

5 – Ford Transit Connect 1.6TDCi 95 Econetic – 109g/km

Ford Transit Connect

Thanks to its well refined engine and aerodynamic design, the Ford Transit Connect is the most fuel efficient van in its class; and the emissions of 109g/km isn’t too bad either. Impressively, this figure is achieved without the need of Adblue.

Read the Ford Transit Connect review.

4 – Peugeot Partner 1.6 100 BlueHDi ETG – 108g/km (with Adblue)

Performing marginally better than its PSA sibling, the Citroen Berlingo, is the Peugeot Partner. It comes with a 99bhp output and an automated ETG transmission, but the SCR technology means it also consumes Adblue (17-litre tank should last around 12,500 miles).

Read the Peugeot Partner review.

1 – Nissan eNV200 – 0g/km

Nissan eNV200

Launched in 2014, the Nissan eNV200 hopes to emulate the success of the other Nissan electric, the Nissan Leaf. Using second generation Nissan Leaf technology, the Nissan eNV200 will last for around 106 miles off a full charge.

Read the Nissan eNV200 review.

1 – Peugeot Partner Electric – 0g/km

Peugeot Partner Electric

The latest electric van to be released (2015) is the Peugeot Partner Electric. According to the official NEDC figures, the Peugeot Partner Electric has the same 106 miles range as the Nissan eNV200 and a top speed of 68 mph.

Read the Peugeot Partner Electric review.

1 – Renault Kangoo ZE – 0g/km

Renault Kangoo ZE

The Renault Kangoo ZE is the longest serving electric van from a mainstream manufacturer, having hit the market in 2011. The 60bhp Renault Kangoo ZE is fairly quick too, reaching 0-30mph in a little over five seconds, and able to travel at speeds of up to 81mph.

Read the Renault Kangoo ZE review.