Top 5 small vans under £5,000

  • Every small panel van compared
  • Perfect guide for buyers on a budget
  • Various aspects taken into consideration

Over recent years, manufacturers have started to offer higher-payload and longer-wheelbase derivatives of their small panel vans, which has increased their appeal and sales as operators downsize from medium-sized vans. For those on a budget and considering the move, we’ve created a list of our top 5 small vans for under £5,000.

The vehicles and figures quoted have been taken from the Parkers Van Prices valuation service. We compared hundreds of derivatives to bring your a selection of the best vans, taking into account the fuel consumption, practicality, residual values, power, specification and more.

Here is our pick of the best five small panel vans for under £5,000:

5) 2012 (12-plate) Citroen Berlingo 1.6 e-HDi 89bhp X: £4,670

Citroen Berlingo 2012

This particular variant of Citroen Berlingo benefits from e-HDi technology (a stop/start system), which means it performs much better when it comes to fuel economy (62.9mpg combined). Practicality isn’t the best, however, with just a 625kg payload, 3.4 cubic metre load area and a ladder bulkhead.

Mileage: 70,000

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4) 2012 (12-plate) Nissan NV200 1.5 dCi 89bhp SE: £4,765

Nissan NV200

Nissan’s NV200 has surprisingly high residual values, with operators liking the high roof height, lofty seating position and tight turning circle. A 2012-plate SE model, which features electric front windows and a full steel bulkhead, will cost around £4,765.

Mileage: 70,000

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3) 2013 (13-plate) Renault Kangoo 1.5 dCi 109bhp LL21: £4,490

Renault Kangoo

With a decent 800kg payload, large 4.2 cubic metre load area and a pretty punchy 109bhp engine, this derivative of the Renault Kangoo should be high on the list for budgeting small van operators. At just three years old, there’s still two years left to run on the Renault warranty offering greater peace of mind.

Mileage: 60,000

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2) 2013 (13-plate) Fiat Doblo 1.6 mJet 103bhp Maxi: £4,490

Fiat Doblo Cargo

The Doblo’s poor residual values means that savvy van buyers can get a lot of van for relatively little outlay. This is the long-wheelbase Maxi variant, with 4.2 cubic metres of loadspace, the upgraded 1.6-litre 103bhp engine and 1,000kg payload.

Mileage: 60,000

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1) 2010 (60-plate) Volkswagen Caddy 1.6 TDi 101bhp C20+: £4,815

Volkswagen Caddy

Winning this sector, however, is the Volkswagen Caddy. It has the best residual values in the class, so this model is slightly older than the other featured vehicles. However, it features the upgraded 1.6-litre 101bhp engine, heavy-duty suspension for an 800kg payload and a 3.2 cubic metre load area.

Mileage: 75,000

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