- Best small vans for mpg listed and rated
- Completely updated after Euro 6
- Do you know which small van uses the least fuel?
Our fully updated list of the small vans that return the best mpg - for the same info for medium and large vans click here
Costs are one of the major purchasing deciders for van buyers – and small vans in particular. Beyond the list price and maintenance, the amount of fuel a van drinks is a critical factor. Here we list every mainstream small van in order of best mpg.
The fuel economy given for each of these vans is the official figure for the most efficient version, as provided by the manufacturer and calculated using the official testing procedure. None of them are figures you are likely to achieve in real-world driving, but they act as the fairest way of comparison at this point in time.
All of the most economical small vans are powered by diesel engines, and all of them now meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standard.
However, in some cases the move to Euro 6 has actually made fuel economy worse, so for several of the vans listed below you may find the older Euro 5 models are more efficient. Though there are also some notable exceptions, particularly from Peugeot-Citroen.
9) Nissan NV200 1.5 dCi 110 – 57.6mpg
Nissan doesn’t offer any kind of efficiency-focused variant of the NV200 (assuming you don’t count the all-electric e-NV200). So despite having a fundamentally similar 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine to the Renault Kangoo and Mercedes Citan, it can’t match their greater mpg performance.
This is also the most expensive engine choice in the NV200, and includes a six-speed gearbox. Less powerful – and cheaper – models get a five-speed ’box and return a claimed 56.5mpg
8) Fiat Doblo Cargo L1H1 1.3 95hp MulitJet II EcoJet – 61.4mpg
Like the Renault-Nissan 1.5, Fiat’s 1.3-litre turbodiesel has been around for what feels like forever. The Doblo Cargo, however, strangely seems to have taken a step back recently, as a previous version of this small van returned over 64mpg.
In the latest Euro 6 emissions configuration, the best the efficiency-boosting EcoJet model can manage is a claimed 61.4mpg. Though with 95hp this remains a keen and eager van to drive.
7) Vauxhall Combo L1H1 2000 CDTi 105 Start/Stop – 62.8mpg
The current Vauxhall Combo is the same van as the Fiat Doblo Cargo under the skin, but comes in a slightly more fuel-efficient variant. Perhaps surprisingly, this also has a larger, more powerful 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine, producing 105hp.
The 62.8mpg Combo is a short-length, low-roof van – as per most of the contenders in this list – and is fitted with stop-start as standard. An all-new Vauxhall Combo is due later in 2017.
= 4) Mercedes-Benz Citan 108 CDI and 109 CDI BlueEfficiency – 65.7mpg
The first of three small vans that return a claimed 65.7mpg (we’ve listed them in alphabetical order) is the compact version of the Mercedes-Benz Citan, fitted with either a 75hp or 90hp 1.5-litre turbodiesel, respectively (and confusingly) badged 108 CDI and 109CDI.
Basically the same van as the Renault Kangoo, the Citan was also more economical in Euro 5 guise – though all Euro 6 models do include fuel-saving BlueEfficiency measures as standard.
= 4) Renault Kangoo dCi 75 and dCi 90 – 65.7mpg
Like the Citan, both the 75hp and 90hp versions of the shortest Renault Kangoo 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel return an official 65.7mpg. They carry Energy badging, include stop-start as standard, and every trim level is rated with the same fuel economy.
Out in the real world, the heavier the van, the more fuel it will use – so those with more standard kit will be less economical. We’d pick the more powerful engine, though, as it will be under less strain.
= 4) Volkswagen Caddy C20 BlueMotion 2.0 TDI 102 – 65.7mpg
The most economical small van with the biggest engine is the Volkswagen Caddy. All diesel versions of VW’s littlest LCV are fitted with a 2.0-litre TDI motor, but only the 102hp model is available in BlueMotion specification – making it least 4mpg more efficient than the 75hp and 150hp Caddy.
BlueMotion means VW has finely honed this particular variant in an effort to make it an eco-friendly as possible. Impressively, you can also buy a 1.0-litre TSI petrol Caddy that claims 53.3mpg.
3) Peugeot Partner SE L1 BlueHDi 100 ETG – 68.7mpg
Euro 6 was a boon to the Peugeot Partner (and its Citroen Berlingo cousin) as it brought new BlueHDi turbodiesel engines that have jumped this aging model right on to the small van economy podium. However, the most efficient version is saddled with the ETG automatic transmission.
This electronically controlled six-speed gearbox is famed for being about as smooth as a rhino’s backside. Going for the five-speed manual instead means settling for 67.3mpg. We probably would.
2) Citroen Berlingo LX 625 L1 BlueHDi 100 – 68.9mpg
Citroen’s alternative to the Peugeot Partner manages to eke-out an extra 0.2mpg with the same 100hp BlueHDi engine and six-speed ETG automatic transmission combination, earning the Berlingo second spot in our countdown of the most economical small vans.
However, Peugeot’s version does have a significantly higher payload – the Partner listed above is rated to 850kg while this particular Berlingo can only carry 648kg max.
1) Ford Transit Connect 1.5 TDCi 100 Econetic – 72.4mpg
This is it folks: the most economical small van on sale in the UK is the Ford Transit Connect, which is claims an official maximum efficiency figure of 72.4mpg. However, there is a bit of a caveat – not only will you need the 100hp 1.5-litre diesel Econetic variant, it’ll have to be limited to 62mph.
How does the Ford Transit Courier compared for mpg?
More economical still is the Ford Transit Courier (pictured above) – which we haven’t properly included in the list because it’s technically an even smaller class of van. Still the 95hp 1.5-litre TDCi with optional start-stop and 62mph speed limiter achieves 76.3mpg.
Without the limiter, the 95hp version claims 74.3mpg – as does the unlimited 75hp Courier.
Want to be even more efficient? Then try the Ford Fiesta Van or the Vauxhall Corsavan, which claim up to 88.3mpg and 85.6mpg, respectively. But these converted cars also carry far less than any of the dedicated vans mentioned above.