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Best medium vans for payload

  • Every mid-size van on sale ranked for payload
  • Fully updated for 2019, the best carry nearly 1,500kg
  • Helping you find the best van for your needs

Want to know which medium van has the highest payload? Then you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve been through all the brochures and technical data to produce this fully updated list.

As a result you’ll find all 11 mid-size vans currently on sale in the UK listed on this page in order of maximum payload.

The best now challenge the large van class, and are capable of carrying nearly 1.5-tonnes. What’s more, the difference between the highest and lowest payload ratings here is now 286kg, about the same as three large people.

Payload pointers

It’s worth noting that payload capacity in most vans has to include everything inside, including the driver and any passengers; Mercedes and VW include a 75kg driver in their basic weights, however, so we’ve added that to their payload ratings to create a comparable figure.

Similarly, vans with more fitted kit will have a lower payload rating than the most basic versions of the same model. You’ll also find that there are different gross vehicle weights (GVW) within the same van range – go for the highest figure to get the greatest payload.

Keep reading for the list of the best medium vans for payload

11) Hyundai iLoad: 1,186kg

Hyundai iLoad - find out where it ranks in the best medium vans for payload

Even budget buyers in the medium van sector are best avoiding the iLoad if payload is of any importance, since it is by far the lowest of any medium van – something the most recent facelift hasn’t helped with. Still, while 116hp might sound modest, the Hyundai has 343Nm of torque, so gets the load it can carry moving rather smartly.

>> Read the full Hyundai iLoad review

>> Find Hyundai iLoad vans for sale near you

10) Fiat Talento: 1,249kg

Fiat Talento - find out where it ranks in the best medium vans for payload

Despite being basically identical under the skin to the Renault Trafic and Nissan NV300, the Fiat Talento suffers with a lower payload rating. The max here applies to the long-wheelbase (LWB) L2H1 model with the less sophisticated 120hp single-turbo 1.6-litre engine. Twin-turbo models (125hp and 145hp) manage 1,243kg.

New engines are on the way for this model before the end of 2019, which may change this figure further.

>> Read the full Fiat Talento review

>> Find Fiat Talento vans for sale near you

9) Mercedes-Benz Vito: 1,251kg

Mercedes-Benz Vito - find out where it ranks in the best medium vans for payload

While the most recent Vito has seen a substantial upgrade to its payload ratings, it still doesn’t come anywhere near to the top of the medium van class. Best you can get comes in the form of the 114 CDI in most basic Pure specification and the shortest L1 bodylength – and only if you pay extra for an upgrade to the 3,200kg gross vehicle weight.

>> Read the full Mercedes Vito review

>> Find Mercedes Vito vans for sale near you

= 7) Nissan NV300 / Renault Trafic: 1,280kg

Nissan NV300 (top) and Renault Trafic bottom - find out where they rank in the best medium vans for payload

We’ve listed these two in alphabetical order, but really the Trafic is the lead van, so responsibility for this relatively unimpressive payload performance falls to Renault. Usefully, however, the 1,280kg max applies to long-wheelbase L2 models with the more economical twin-turbo engines, as these have a higher GVW than the L1 versions.

New engines are on the way for these vans before the end of 2019, which may change this figure further.

>> Read the full Nissan NV300 review

>> Read the full Renault Trafic review

>> Find Nissan NV300 vans for sale near you

>> Find Renault Trafic vans for sale near you

6) Volkswagen Transporter: 1,353kg

VW Transporter - find out where it ranks in the best medium vans for payload

A big jump in payload for the next best medium van, but to get the full amount in the Transporter you’ll have to put up with the least powerful 102hp engine with five-speed gearbox and basic Startline specification in the shorter L1 body. If you want 150hp (and six gears) payload drops to 1,323kg, while an L2 van will cost you 57kg.

A new T6.1 model is on sale later in 2019, and may change these figures, too.

>> Read the full VW Transporter review

>> Find VW Transporter vans for sale near you

= 4) Toyota Proace / Vauxhall Vivaro: 1,458kg

Toyota Proace (top) and Vauxhall Vivaro bottom - find out where they rank in the best medium vans for payload

These two are cousins to the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert, but don’t offer quite the same wide range of bodysize and engine combinations, which explains why they fall slightly short of their French alternatives’ maximum payload. Over 1.4 tonnes is still an excellent result; the Proace’s five-year warranty is worth noting, too.

>> Read the full Toyota Proace review

>> Read the full Vauxhall Vivaro review

>> Find Toyota Proace vans for sale near you

>> Find Vauxhall Vivaro vans for sale near you

3) Ford Transit Custom: 1,459kg

Ford Transit Custom - find out where it ranks in the best medium vans for payload

The UK’s bestselling van is also one of the most capable, coming in a wide range of gross vehicle weights right up to the 3.4-tonne 340 variants. In the smallest L1H1 body size, these are able to carry as much as 1,459kg – an awesome amount. Want an automatic, though? That’ll knock the max back to 1,365kg, while the longer L2 body tops out at 1,379kg.

>> Read the full Ford Transit Custom review

>> Find Ford Transit Custom vans for sale near you

= 1) Citroen Dispatch / Peugeot Expert: 1,469kg

Citroen Dispatch (top) and Peugeot Expert bottom - find out where they rank in the best medium vans for payload

The medium vans with the highest payload ratings are – perhaps unsurprisingly – the ones with an unusual super-short body option. With a 120hp 2.0-litre engine these will haul a huge 1,469kg. Move up to the medium body (with more trim options and up to 150hp) and payload is still prodigious at 1,458kg, while the longest versions can carry 1,415kg.

Outstanding.

>> Read the full Citroen Dispatch review

>> Read the full Peugeot Expert review

>> Find Citroen Dispatch vans for sale near you

>> Find Peugeot Expert vans for sale near you

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