Large van depreciation: residual values compared

  • All ten large panel vans compared
  • Based on three years and 60,000 miles
  • Large vans lose more than medium vans

The last of our van residual value articles compares all ten of the large panel vans on the UK market. Between 22 and 29 percent of the original list price is retained for vans in this sector, which equates to difference in loss of almost £4,000.

All the residual values quoted below are based on three years or 60,000 miles, and have been carried out by our team of pricing experts. Surprisingly, large vans lose more of their original value than medium vans.

10 – Fiat Ducato

Fiat Ducato

Average list price: £24,465

Average retention: 22 percent

Value after three years/60,000 miles: £5,400

Amount lost in depreciation: £19,065

In all three sectors (small, medium and large panel vans), Fiat Professional is the worst for depreciation. The Fiat Ducato is now a respectable product though with much higher levels of build quality, and its 2.3-litre engine makes it the most fuel-efficient van in its class.

Read the Fiat Ducato review

9 – Citroen Relay

Citroen Relay

Average list price: £24,521

Average retention: 22.5 percent

Value after three years/60,000 miles: £5,250

Amount lost in depreciation: £18,996

Despite sharing the same design and production line, the Citroen Relay employs a different engine to the Fiat Ducato. However, the reliability of both engines is fairly respectable, and we suspect it's Fiat's bad reputation for reliability that separates the two.

Read the Citroen Relay review

8 – Peugeot Boxer

Peugeot Boxer

Average list price: £23,567

Average retention: 23.5 percent

Value after three years/60,000 miles: £5,513

Amount lost in depreciation: £18,054

Peugeot is one of the few manufacturers in this segment to offer a ‘top-spec’ model: the Enterprise. These trim levels benefit from stronger residual values (one percent better on average), and help boost the overall model residual values to 23.5 percent.

Read the Peugeot Boxer review

7 – Vauxhall Movano

Vauxhall Movano

Average list price: £25,866

Average retention: 26 percent

Value after three years/60,000 miles: £6,763

Amount lost in depreciation: £19,103

With 2.5 percent better residual values, there’s quite a gap between seventh and eighth place. Most Movano derivatives are expected to retain 26 percent of their original list price, but this is still quite a bit behind its siblings, the Renault Master and Nissan NV400.

Read the Vauxhall Movano review

6 – Iveco Daily

Iveco Daily

Average list price: £22,150

Average retention: 26.5 percent

Value after three years/60,000 miles: £5,850

Amount lost in depreciation: £16,300

Although the residual values on the Daily may be average, the low list price means that less will be lost after three years than any other van in the sector. The Dailys are renowned for their strength and durability, although their heavy chassis means they suffer from low payloads at 3.5t.

Read the Iveco Daily review

5 – Renault Master

Renault Master

Average list price: £25,899

Average retention: 27 percent

Value after three years/60,000 miles: £6,938

Amount lost in depreciation: £17,395

The Renault Master shares the same chassis and engines as the Nissan NV400 and Vauxhall Movano, and is a typical run-of-the-mill van. Surprisingly, high-specification (Business +) and fuel-efficient (Energy) derivatives benefit from the same residual values as entry-level trims.   

Read the Renault Master review

4 – Nissan NV400

Nissan NV400

Average list price: £23,895

Average retention: 27.5 percent

Value after three years/60,000 miles: £6,500

Amount lost in depreciation: £17,395

It's a surprise to see this Nissan so high up in the charts, but the relatively low list price of the NV400 (starting from £19,495) means you’ll never lose too much money on it. Buyers should be aware, however, that there aren’t as many derivatives as there are with other vans.

Read the Nissan NV400 review

3 – Ford Transit

Ford Transit

Average list price: £25,521

Average retention: 28.5 percent

Value after three years/60,000 miles: £7,300

Amount lost in depreciation: £18,221

The Ford Transit is the largest van in this sector with load volumes starting from 9.6 cubic metres. Residual values are fairly consistent at between 28 and 29 percent, which hands the Blue Oval van the third spot in our rankings.

Read the Ford Transit review

2 – Volkswagen Crafter

Volkswagen Crafter

Average list price: £28,620

Average retention: 29 percent

Value after three years/60,000 miles: £8,334

Amount lost in depreciation: £20,286

Achieving a respectable second place is the Volkswagen Crafter, losing only to the Sprinter through the amount lost in depreciation. There are fewer Crafter derivatives than its Mercedes-badged sibling, which means residual values are more consistent.

Read the Volkswagen Crafter review

1 – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Average list price: £26,875

Average retention: 29 percent

Value after three years/60,000 miles: £7,913

Amount lost in depreciation: £18,962

Unsurprisingly, the Sprinter topped the table for residual values. The Mercedes-Benz vehicle has been the most desirable van in its class since it was introduced in 1995, with residual values as high as 31 percent on some derivatives.

Read the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review