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Best large 3.5t vans for payload

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Large 3.5-tonne vans are the heaviest vans you can drive on a regular UK car licence - Parkers Vans and Pickups ranks them all in order of maximum payload

That 3.5t gross vehicle weight (GVW - also know as gross vehicle mass or GVM) is the absolute total legal weight of the vehicle, meaning you shouldn’t just look at the biggest 3.5t vans if what you want to carry isn't so much bulky as heavy.

After all, the bigger the van, the more it weighs without anything else on board.

What's more, with the arrival of the Euro 6 emissions standard in September 2016, most larger vans have seen an increase in this basic kerbweight figure thanks to the addition of the AdBlue tank they need to meet this legal requirement.

This doesn’t just mean the extra expense of keeping the AdBlue topped up, but a reduction in payload capacity as well.

So to help you maximise your load in the aftermath of Euro 6, we’ve scoured all of the manufacturers’ brochures and technical data sheets to update our list of all the large van models currently on sale in order of their maximum payload rating.

Note: all of the below figures exclude the weight of the driver, which you’ll have to account for (alongside any other crew and fitted equipment) when working out your ultimate legal payload capacity.

Click for information on the best vans for payload in general, plus separate lists of the best small vans for payload, the best medium vans for payload and the best double cab pickups for payload - all on Parkers Vans and Pickups.

12) Iveco Daily Euro 6 35 S12V: 1,362kg

Iveco Daily - best large 3.5t vans for payload

Iveco has always built the Daily like a heavyweight boxer – tough but with a hefty kerbweight as a result. Euro 6 hasn't done it any favours either.

Definitely not the best choice a 3.5 tonnes if payload is your priority, though if you aren't restricted by a car driving licence, the Daily is available with GVWs up to 7.2t. Which is outstanding.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Iveco Daily

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11) MAN TGE standard length FWD 2.0 TDI 102: 1,406kg

MAN TGE - best large 3.5t vans for payload

ONe of the newest vans in the large van sector, but perhaps not the one you want for heavy transport. Even with 75kg added to the default maximum payload to account for MAN quoting kerbweight including driver, the TGE still comes in near the bottom of this list.

These are early days, though, and the full range has yet to be revealed. Since the TGE is a VW Crafter in disguise, there may yet be more capacity to come.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the MAN TGE

>> Get an insurance quote on a MAN TGE via mustard.co.uk

10) LDV V80 medium roof: 1,419kg

LDV V80 - best large 3.5t vans for payload

The basic design of the LDV V80 dates back all the way to 2004. This is good news for the price – it’s the cheapest large van on the market – but not so good news for engineering sophistication.

Which leaves little room for payload, unfortunately. There are literally only three panel van variants, too.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the LDV V80

>> Find an LDV for sale near you – new, used and lease

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9) Ford Transit 350 FWD L2 H2: 1,445kg

Ford Transit - best large 3.5t vans for payload

The Ford Transit used to have the lowest payload of any 3.5t van, but the transition to Euro 6 includes the introduction of a lighter (and more powerful) 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbodiesel engine, which helps offset the negative impact of the 21-litre AdBlue tank.

The result is a 1,445kg payload rating for the lightest 3.5t front-wheel drive variant.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Ford Transit

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8) Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI L2: 1,516kg

<p><em><strong>Large 3.5-tonne vans are the heaviest vans you can drive on a regular UK car licence - <a title="The Parkers Vans and Pickups homepage" href="https://www.parkers.co.uk/vans-pickups/">Parkers Vans and Pickups</a> ranks them all in order of <a title="Find out which small, medium and large vans are best for payload - on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/best-vans-for-payload/">maximum payload</a></strong></em></p> <p>That 3.5t gross vehicle weight (GVW - also know as gross vehicle mass or GVM) is the absolute total legal weight of the vehicle, meaning you shouldn’t just look at the biggest 3.5t vans if what you want to carry isn't so much bulky as <em>heavy</em>.</p> <p>After all, the bigger the van, the more it weighs without anything else on board.</p> <p>What's more, with the arrival of the <a title="Euro 6 explained for van and pickup buyers and drivers" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/2015/march/what-does-euro-6-means-for-van-buyers/">Euro 6 emissions standard</a> in September 2016, most larger vans have seen an increase in this basic kerbweight figure thanks to the addition of the <a title="What is AdBlue? Find out in the Parkers car glossary" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/advice/owning/2016/july/what-is-adblue-and-what-does-it-do-for-your-car/">AdBlue</a> tank they need to meet this legal requirement.</p> <p>This doesn’t just mean the extra expense of keeping the AdBlue topped up, but a reduction in payload capacity as well.</p> <p>So to help you maximise your load in the aftermath of Euro 6, we’ve scoured all of the manufacturers’ brochures and technical data sheets to update our list of all the large van models currently on sale in order of their maximum payload rating.</p> <p><em>Note: all of the below figures exclude the weight of the driver, which you’ll have to account for (alongside any other crew and fitted equipment) when working out your ultimate legal payload capacity.</em></p> <p><em>Click for information on the <strong><a title="Best vans for payload - the Parkers Vans guide" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/best-vans-for-payload/">best vans for payload in general</a></strong>, plus separate lists of <strong><a title="Small vans ranked for payload - on Parkers Vans" href="/pages/article/van/vanarticle.aspx?id=79475&epslanguage=en-GB">the best small vans for payload</a>,</strong> <strong><a title="Medium vans ranked for payload - on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/2017/may/best-medium-vans-for-payload/">the best medium vans for payload</a></strong> and <strong><a title="Double cab pickups ranked in order of payload on Parker Vans" href="https://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/best-vans-for-payload/double-cab-pickups/">the best double cab pickups for payload</a></strong> - all on Parkers Vans.</em></p> <h2>12) <a title="Read the full Iveco Daily review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/iveco/daily/2014/">Iveco Daily</a> Euro 6 35 S12V: 1,362kg</h2> <p><img title="Best large vans for payload - Iveco Daily" src="/PageFiles/257652/Iveco-Daily-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - Iveco Daily" /></p> <p>Iveco has always built the Daily like a heavyweight boxer – tough but with a hefty kerbweight as a result. Euro 6 hasn't done it any favours either.</p> <p>Definitely not the best choice a 3.5 tonnes if payload is your priority, though if you aren't restricted by a car driving licence, the Daily is available with GVWs up to 7.2t. Which is outstanding.</p> <p><a title="Read the full Iveco Daily review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/iveco/daily/2014/"><strong>>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Iveco Daily</strong></a></p> <p><strong>>> Find an Iveco Dailyfor sale near you – <a title="New vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/">new</a>, <a title="Used Iveco Daily vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/">used</a> and <a title="Find lease deals on the Iveco Daily" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/iveco/daily/">lease</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">> Get an insurance quote on an Iveco Daily via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <h2>11) <a title="Read the full MAN TGE (2017 onwards) review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/man/tge/2017/">MAN TGE</a> standard length FWD 2.0 TDI 102: 1,406kg</h2> <p><img title="Best large vans for payload - MAN TGE" src="/PageFiles/257652/MAN-TGE-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - MAN TGE" /></p> <p>ONe of the newest vans in the large van sector, but perhaps not the one you want for heavy transport. Even with 75kg added to the default maximum payload to account for MAN quoting kerbweight including driver, the TGE still comes in near the bottom of this list.</p> <p>These are early days, though, and the full range has yet to be revealed. Since the TGE is a VW Crafter in disguise, there may yet be more capacity to come.</p> <p><a title="MAN TGE full review (2017 onwards) on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/man/tge/2017/"><strong>>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the MAN TGE</strong></a></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">>> Get an insurance quote on a MAN TGE via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <h2>10) <a title="Read the full LDV V80 review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/ldv/v80/2016/">LDV V80</a> medium roof: 1,419kg</h2> <p><img title="Best large vans for payload - LDV V80" src="/PageFiles/257652/LDV-V80-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - LDV V80" /></p> <p>The basic design of the LDV V80 dates back all the way to 2004. This is good news for the price – it’s the cheapest large van on the market – but not so good news for engineering sophistication.</p> <p>Which leaves little room for payload, unfortunately. There are literally only three panel van variants, too.</p> <p><strong><a title="LDV V80 review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/ldv/v80/2016/">>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the LDV V80</a></strong></p> <p><strong>>> Find an LDV for sale near you – <a title="New vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/">new</a>, <a title="Used LDV vans for sale on Parkers" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/ldv/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">used</a> and <a title="Van lease deals" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/">lease</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">>> Get an insurance quote on an LDV V80 via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <h2>9) <a title="Read the full Ford Transit review on Parkers" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/ford/transit/2014/">Ford Transit</a> 350 FWD L2 H2: 1,445kg</h2> <p><img title="Best large vans for payload - Ford Transit" src="/PageFiles/257652/Ford-Transit-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - Ford Transit" /></p> <p>The Ford Transit used to have the lowest payload of any 3.5t van, but the transition to Euro 6 includes the introduction of a lighter (and more powerful) 2.0-litre EcoBlue turbodiesel engine, which helps offset the negative impact of the 21-litre AdBlue tank.</p> <p>The result is a 1,445kg payload rating for the lightest 3.5t front-wheel drive variant.</p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">>> Get an insurance quote on a Ford Transit via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <p><a title="Read the full Ford Transit review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/ford/transit/2014/"><strong>>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Ford Transit</strong></a></p> <p><strong>>> Find a Ford Transit for sale near you – <a title="Find a new Ford Transit van for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/new/ford/transit/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">new</a>, <a title="Find used Ford Transit vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/ford/transit/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">used</a> and <a title="Ford Transit lease deals" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/ford/transit/">lease</a></strong></p> <h2>8) <a title="Read the full Mercedes Sprinter (2018-on) review on Parkers Vans and Pickups" href="https://www.parkers.co.uk/vans-pickups/mercedes-benz/sprinter/2018-review/">Mercedes-Benz Sprinter</a> 314 CDI L2: 1,516kg</h2> <p><img title="Mercedes Sprinter 2018 - best large 3.5t vans for payload" src="/PageFiles/267166/MB-Sprinter-2018-payload.jpg" alt="Mercedes Sprinter 2018 - best large 3.5t vans for payload" /></p> <p>The all-new Mercedes Sprinter, introduced in 2018, is not only the most high-tech van on the market, it also has a higher 3.5t payload maximum than the model its replacing, thanks in no small part to featuring front-wheel drive for the first time (the rear-wheel drive version of the same model maxes out at 1,339kg).</p> <p>Mercedes quotes kerbweights with a 75kg driver included, so we’ve adjusted the its payload amount to make the Sprinter comparable to other 3.5t vans.</p> <p><a title="Read the full Mercedes Sprinter (2018-on) review on Parkers Vans and Pickups" href="https://www.parkers.co.uk/vans-pickups/mercedes-benz/sprinter/2018-review/"><strong>>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter</strong></a></p> <p><strong>>> Find a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for sale near you – <a title="New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/new/mercedes-benz/sprinter/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">new</a>, <a title="Used Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/mercedes-benz/sprinter/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">used</a> and <a title="Find a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter lease deal" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/mercedes-benz/sprinter/">lease</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">>> Get an insurance quote on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <h2>7) <a title="Read the full VW Crafter (2017-on) review on Parkers Vans and Pickups" href="https://www.parkers.co.uk/vans-pickups/volkswagen/crafter/2017-review/">VW Crafter</a> CR35 Startline 2.0 TDI 102: 1,531kg</h2> <p><img title="Best large vans for payload - 2017 VW Crafter" src="/PageFiles/257652/VW-Crafter-2017-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - 2017 VW Crafter" /></p> <p>As if conscious this isn't the latest Crafter's strongest area, VW now has an absolute maximum payload rating that's only achieved by removing otherwise standard items of equipment. Is this cheating? Perhaps, but it is still an official figure, and does give businesses an idea of what can be achieved if needs be.</p> <p>Anyway, the highest official payload rating for the Crafter is now 1,531kg, available on the most basic front-wheel drive Startline version with the least powerful 102hp 2.0-litre TDI engine.</p> <p><strong><a title="VW Crafter (2017-on) full review on Parkers Vans and Pickups" href="https://www.parkers.co.uk/vans-pickups/volkswagen/crafter/2017-review/">>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the VW Crafter</a></strong></p> <p><strong>>> Find a VW Crafter for sale near you – <a title="NEw VW Crafter vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/new/volkswagen/crafter/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">new</a>, <a title="Used VW Crafter vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/volkswagen/crafter/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">used</a> and <a title="Find VW Crafter lease deals" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/volkswagen/crafter/">lease</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">>> Get an insurance quote on a VW Crafter via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <h2>6) <a title="Peugeot Boxer review (06 onwards) on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/peugeot/boxer/2006/">Peugeot Boxer</a> 335 L2 H2 130: 1,575kg</h2> <p><img title="Best large vans for payload - Peugeot Boxer" src="/PageFiles/257652/Peugeot-Boxer-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - Peugeot Boxer" /></p> <p>You might expect two vans as closely related as the Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay to have identical maximum payload ratings. But the Peugeot isn’t available in the UK with a 3.5t gross vehicle weight in H1 low-roof guise, and the extra metal needed to create the higher H2 roof variant knocks 25kg off its payload max.</p> <p>The new 130hp 2.0-litre BlueHDI engine that powers it is good for a claimed 47.1mpg, though – which is very impressive for this class.</p> <p><a title="Peugeot Boxer review (06 onwards) on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/peugeot/boxer/2006/"><strong>>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Peugeot Boxer</strong></a></p> <p><strong>>> Find a Peugoet Boxer for sale near you – <a title="New Peugeot Boxer vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/new/peugeot/boxer/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">new</a>, <a title="Used Peugeot Boxer vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/peugeot/boxer/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">used</a> and <a title="Peugeot Boxer lease deals" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/peugeot/boxer/">lease</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">>> Get an insurance quote on a Peugeot Boxer via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <h2>5) <a title="Read the full review of the Citroen Relay on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/citroen/relay/2006/">Citroen Relay</a> 35 L2 H1 130: 1600kg</h2> <p><img title="Best large vans for payload - Citroen Relay" src="/PageFiles/257652/Citroen-Relay-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - Citroen Relay" /></p> <p>The really good news for the Relay and the Boxer, however, is that the reduced weight of that new 2.0-litre BlueHDI engine is enough to entirely off-set the additional bulk of the AdBlue tank and associated SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system it uses to meet those Euro 6 requirements. This allows the low-roofed, short-wheelbase 3.5t Relay to match its Euro 5 payload rating of 1,600kg.</p> <p>That’s still not good enough to match the Fiat Ducato, however – which is also based on the same light and nimble large van platform.</p> <p><a title="Read the full review of the Citroen Relay on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/citroen/relay/2006/"><strong>Read the Parkers Vans review of the Citroen Relay</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Find a Citroen Relay for sale near you – <a title="New Citroen Relay vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/new/citroen/relay/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">new</a>, <a title="Used Citroen Relay vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/citroen/relay/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">used</a> and <a title="Citroen Relay leasing deals" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/citroen/relay/">lease</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">Get an insurance quote on a Citroen Relay via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <h2>4) <a title="Read the full Renault Master review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/renault/master/2010/">Renault Master</a> FWD SM35: 1,606kg</h2> <p><img title="Best large vans for payload - Renault Master" src="/PageFiles/257652/Renault-Master-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - Renault Master" /></p> <p>The Renault Master is another victim of the switch to Euro 6, because along the way it’s lost out to the Vauxhall Movano and Nissan NV400, which are both built in the same factory and use the same engines, yet can carry 32kg more at their best.</p> <p>It may be useful to know that the highest payload rating for a 3.5t Master actually comes from the medium-wheelbase model, rather than the short-wheelbase equivalent – handy if you’ve got longer items to carry.</p> <p><a title="Read the full Renault Master review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/renault/master/2010/"><strong>Read the Parkers Vans review of the Renault Master</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Find a Renault Master for sale near you – <a title="New Renault Master vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/new/renault/master/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">new</a>, <a title="Used Renault Master vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/renault/master/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">used</a> and <a title="Renault Master lease deals" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/renault/master/">lease</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_top">Get an insurance quote on a Renault Master via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <h2>= 2) <a title="Read the full Nissan NV400 review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/nissan/nv400/2011/">Nissan NV400</a> 3500 FWD L1 H1: 1,638kg</h2> <p><img title="Best large vans for payload - Nissan NV400" src="/PageFiles/257652/Nissan-NV400-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - Nissan NV400" /></p> <p>The Renault Master is closely related to the Nissan NV400 - and the Vauxhall Movano - which means a relatively lightweight build helped by the absence of the very latest kit offered by more modern rivals.</p> <p>Former payload champions in this category, both the NV400 and Movano are held back from the top spot now by their SCR systems and AdBlue tanks, which cost them 50kg of capacity versus their Euro 5 equivalents.</p> <p><a title="Read the full Nissan NV400 review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/nissan/nv400/2011/"><strong>Read the Parkers Vans review of the Nissan NV400</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Find a Nissan NV400 for sale near you – <a title="New Nissan NV400 vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/new/nissan/nv400/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">new</a>, <a title="Used Nissan NV400 vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/nissan/nv400/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">used</a> and <a title="Nissan NV400 lease deals" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/nissan/nv400/">lease</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">Get an insurance quote on a Nissan NV400 via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <h2>= 2) <a title="Read the full Vauxhall Movano review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/vauxhall/movano/2010/">Vauxhall Movano</a> 3500 FWD L1 H1: 1,638kg</h2> <p><strong><img title="Best large vans for payload - Vauxhall Movano" src="/PageFiles/257652/Vaxuall-Movano-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - Vauxhall Movano" /><br /></strong></p> <p>More frustrating still for Movano - and NV400 - owners with a lot of heavy stuff to haul: <span>the more powerful 145hp twin-turbo engine weighs 9kg more than the cheaper 110hp and 130hp single-turbo alternatives.</span></p> <p><span>This reduces max payload to 1,629kg. The twin-turbo is more fuel (and CO2) efficient, however. Not to mention faster.</span></p> <p><a title="Read the full Vauxhall Movano review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/vauxhall/movano/2010/"><strong>Read the Parkers Vans review of the Vauxhall Movano</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Find a Vauxhall Movano for sale near you – <a title="New Vauxhall Movano vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/new/vauxhall/movano/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">new</a>, <a title="Used Vauxhall Movano vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/vauxhall/movano/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">used</a> and <a title="Vauxhall Movano lease deals" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/vauxhall/movano/">lease</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">Get an insurance quote on a Vauxhall Movano via mustard.co.uk</a></strong></p> <h2>1) <a title="Read the full Fiat Ducato review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/fiat/ducato/2011/">Fiat Ducato</a> SH1 3.5 115: 1,655kg</h2> <p><img title="Best large vans for payload - Fiat Ducato" src="/PageFiles/257652/Fiat-Ducato-payload.jpg" alt="Best large vans for payload - Fiat Ducato" /></p> <p>How has Fiat managed to offer the Ducato with a payload rating 55kg higher than the equivalent Citroen Relay that’s based on the same platform? Quite simple, really: it’s managed to <a title="Fiat Ducato now Euro 6 compliant" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/2016/june/fiat-ducato-euro-6/">get the Ducato to meet Euro 6</a> without using an SCR system – which means there’s no need for a hefty AdBlue tank.</p> <p>Fiat is instead using <a title="Fiat Ducato now Euro 6 compliant" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/2016/june/fiat-ducato-euro-6/">a new 2.0-litre engine with Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LPEGR)</a>. The relative simplicity of this means less weight and apparently excellent fuel economy, with this 3.5t van’s class-leading 1,655kg payload rating complemented by a claimed 47.9mpg.</p> <p><a title="Read the full Fiat Ducato review on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/reviews/fiat/ducato/2011/"><strong>Read the Parkers Vans review of the Fiat Ducato</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Find a Fiat Ducato for sale near you – <a title="New Fiat Ducato vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/new/fiat/ducato/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">new</a>, <a title="Used Fiat Ducato vans for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/fiat/ducato/_/sort/lowest/rpp/10/page/1/">used</a> and <a title="Fiat Ducato lease deals" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/leasing/search/fiat/ducato/">lease</a><a title="Find a Fiat Ducato for sale on Parkers Vans" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/for-sale/search/used/fiat/ducato/_/sort/lowest/rpp/20/page/1/"></a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Van insurance via mustard.co.uk" href="https://quotes.mustard.co.uk/van/AboutYou.aspx?REFID=PRK-LNK-BA&utm_source=parkers.co.uk_van&utm_medium=text_link&utm_term=mustard.co.uk&utm_content=parkersvan_article&utm_campaign=brandawareness" target="_blank">Get an insurance quote on a Fiat Ducato via mustard.co.uk</a><br /></strong></p> <h2>Also read:</h2> <p><strong><a title="The Parkers Vans guide to payload" href="http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/best-vans-for-payload/">Best vans for payload hub</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Best small vans for payload" href="/pages/article/van/vanarticle.aspx?id=79475">Best small vans for payload</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Best payload medium van" href="/pages/article/van/vanarticle.aspx?id=79624">Best medium vans for payload</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Best fuel economy large vans" href="/pages/article/van/vanarticle.aspx?id=78909">Best large vans for fuel economy</a></strong></p> <p><strong><img title="Best large 3.5t vans for payload" src="/PageFiles/257652/Best-large-vans-paylaod.jpg" alt="Best large 3.5t vans for payload" /><br /></strong></p>

The all-new Mercedes Sprinter, introduced in 2018, is not only the most high-tech van on the market, it also has a higher 3.5t payload maximum than the model its replacing, thanks in no small part to featuring front-wheel drive for the first time (the rear-wheel drive version of the same model maxes out at 1,339kg).

Mercedes quotes kerbweights with a 75kg driver included, so we’ve adjusted the its payload amount to make the Sprinter comparable to other 3.5t vans.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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7) VW Crafter CR35 Startline 2.0 TDI 102: 1,531kg

VW Crafter - best large 3.5t vans for payload

As if conscious this isn't the Crafter's strongest area, VW now has an absolute maximum payload rating that's only achieved by removing otherwise standard items of equipment. Is this cheating? Perhaps, but it is still an official figure, and does give businesses an idea of what can be achieved if needs be.

Anyway, the highest official payload rating for the Crafter is now 1,531kg, available on the most basic front-wheel drive Startline version with the least powerful 102hp 2.0-litre TDI engine.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the VW Crafter

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6) Peugeot Boxer 335 L2 H2 130: 1,575kg

Peugeot Boxer - best large 3.5t vans for payload

You might expect two vans as closely related as the Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay to have identical maximum payload ratings. But the Peugeot isn’t available in the UK with a 3.5t gross vehicle weight in H1 low-roof guise, and the extra metal needed to create the higher H2 roof variant knocks 25kg off its payload max.

The new 130hp 2.0-litre BlueHDI engine that powers it is good for a claimed 47.1mpg, though – which is very impressive for this class.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Peugeot Boxer

>> Find a Peugoet Boxer for sale near you – new, used and lease

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5) Citroen Relay 35 L2 H1 130: 1600kg

Citroen Relay - best large 3.5t vans for payload

The really good news for the Relay and the Boxer, however, is that the reduced weight of that new 2.0-litre BlueHDI engine is enough to entirely off-set the additional bulk of the AdBlue tank and associated SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system it uses to meet those Euro 6 requirements. This allows the low-roofed, short-wheelbase 3.5t Relay to match its Euro 5 payload rating of 1,600kg.

That’s still not good enough to match the Fiat Ducato, however – which is also based on the same light and nimble large van platform.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Citroen Relay

>> Find a Citroen Relay for sale near you – new, used and lease

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4) Renault Master FWD SM35: 1,606kg

Renault Master - best large 3.5t vans for payload

The Renault Master is another victim of the switch to Euro 6, because along the way it’s lost out to the Vauxhall Movano and Nissan NV400, which are both built in the same factory and use the same engines, yet can carry 32kg more at their best.

It may be useful to know that the highest payload rating for a 3.5t Master actually comes from the medium-wheelbase model, rather than the short-wheelbase equivalent – handy if you’ve got longer items to carry.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Renault Master

>> Find a Renault Master for sale near you – new, used and lease

>> Get an insurance quote on a Renault Master via mustard.co.uk

= 2) Nissan NV400 3500 FWD L1 H1: 1,638kg

Nissan NV400 - best large 3.5t vans for payload

The Renault Master is closely related to the Nissan NV400 - and the Vauxhall Movano - which means a relatively lightweight build helped by the absence of the very latest kit offered by more modern rivals.

Former payload champions in this category, both the NV400 and Movano are held back from the top spot now by their SCR systems and AdBlue tanks, which cost them 50kg of capacity versus their Euro 5 equivalents.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Nissan NV400

>> Find a Nissan NV400 for sale near you – new, used and lease

>> Get an insurance quote on a Nissan NV400 via mustard.co.uk

= 2) Vauxhall Movano 3500 FWD L1 H1: 1,638kg

Vauxhall Movano - best large 3.5t vans for payload

More frustrating still for Movano - and NV400 - owners with a lot of heavy stuff to haul: the more powerful 145hp twin-turbo engine weighs 9kg more than the cheaper 110hp and 130hp single-turbo alternatives.

This reduces max payload to 1,629kg. The twin-turbo is more fuel (and CO2) efficient, however. Not to mention faster.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Vauxhall Movano

>> Find a Vauxhall Movano for sale near you – new, used and lease

>> Get an insurance quote on a Vauxhall Movano via mustard.co.uk

1) Fiat Ducato SH1 3.5 115: 1,655kg

Fiat Ducato - best large 3.5t vans for payload

How has Fiat managed to offer the Ducato with a payload rating 55kg higher than the equivalent Citroen Relay that’s based on the same platform? Quite simple, really: it’s managed to get the Ducato to meet Euro 6 without using an SCR system – which means there’s no need for a hefty AdBlue tank.

Fiat is instead using a new 2.0-litre engine with Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LPEGR). The relative simplicity of this means less weight and apparently excellent fuel economy, with this 3.5t van’s class-leading 1,655kg payload rating complemented by a claimed 47.9mpg.

>> Read the Parkers Vans review of the Fiat Ducato

>> Find a Fiat Ducato for sale near you – new, used and lease

>> Get an insurance quote on a Fiat Ducato via mustard.co.uk

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