Top 10 bestselling, most popular vans and pickups 2020

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These are the bestselling, most popular vans and pickups in the UK according to the latest official sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). And the latest figures show that October 2020 was the biggest on record for van sales, with a 13.3% increase over October 2019.

A substantial 28,753 vans were sold last month, with growth in demand being driven by a pre-Christmas buying rush as firms gear-up for an anticipated increase in demand during the festive period.

But with the second coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown starting in England on 5 November, the SMMT now believes it is impossible for the van market to recover the sales it lost during the previous lockdown period, and will therefore end 2020 down overall compared with 2019.

The difference is currently -24.1% - which works out at around 75,000 fewer van sales this year compared with last year.

We've updated our 2020 bestselling vans top 10 with all the latest figures, and you'll also find the top 10 bestselling vans for all of 2018 and 2019 below as well. This is helpful because it means you can see which vans make the most sense to other businesses, which means they may also make the most sense for you.

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Top 10 bestselling vans and pickups October 2020

10) Citroen Relay (922 sold)

Bestselling vans 2020 - Citroen Relay

Not a van that regularly appears in the UK top 10 bestsellers list, the Relay is one of the oldest large vans on sale. But this works in its favour when it comes to payload, as it is also among the very best if your looking for maximum weight carrying capacity. Its latest 2.2-litre engines are fuel efficient, too.

>> Read our main Citroen Relay review

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9) Citroen Berlingo (1,034 sold)

Bestselling vans 2020 - Citroen Berlingo 2021 award winner

The latest Citroen Berlingo joins its cousins the Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo in raising the bar in the small van sector, winning the Parkers Small Van of the Year in 2021 and 2020. We love the high-tech safety features, which include an optional overload sensor, and the great driving experience. It's got a massive payload rating for a small van, too.

>> Read our main Citroen Berlingo review

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8) Volkswagen Crafter (1,208 sold)

Bestselling vans 2020 -VW Crafter 2021 award winner

Winner of the Parkers large Van of the Year award two years running, the VW Crafter is an outstanding large van - easy to drive and blessed with an ultra-practical cab environment. While it's not the cheapest option it still delivers great value for money, the engines are efficient in the real world and reliability is strong.

>> Read the full Volkswagen Crafter review

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7) Peugeot Boxer (1,328 sold)

Bestselling vans 2020 - Peugeot Boxer

Peugeot’s rival to the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter is one of the oldest large vans on the market, but its appealing combination of fuel efficient engines (updated again in 2019), high payload capacity and tempting pricing means it rarely struggles to find buyers.

>> Read the full Peugeot Boxer review

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6) Vauxhall Combo Cargo (1,633 sold)

Bestselling vans 2020 - Vauxhall Combo Cargo award winner

The Vauxhall Combo is based on the same platform as the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner, and is a joint winner of the 2020 and 2021 Parkers Small Van of the Year award. Payload ratings and fuel economy are great, and there is some useful technology on the options list – including a built-in overload sensor.

>> Read the full Vauxhall Combo Cargo review

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5) Volkswagen Transporter (1,899 sold)

VW Transporter 2020 - see where it ranks among the bestselling vans

The Transporter is a popular medium van choice with one of the widest model ranges on the market – so whether you want a basic working van or a posh lifestyle wagon, Volkswagen’s got you covered. The new 6.1 facelift version brings an even better driving experience and the latest technology, plus there's finally an electric version, too.

>> Read our main VW Transporter review

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4) Vauxhall Vivaro (1,923 sold)

Bestselling vans 2020 - Vauxhall Vivaro

The latest Vivaro is still proudly built in Britain to a very high standard, even though the firm is now owned by the French PSA Group. Cousin to the Citroen Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace, this version is a little down on overall load volume but can carry vast amounts of payload, offers great fuel economy and comes as an electric Vivaro-e.

>> Read our main Vauxhall Vivaro review

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3) Ford Transit (2,135 sold)

Bestselling vans 2020: Ford Transit

The Ford Transit is consistently one of the UK's most popular large vans, and has been for decades. The latest version (updated in 2019) has increased payload, upgraded engines, a revised interior and even more technology. It remains easy to drive, comfortable, and there are plenty of specialist dealers around to keep you on the road.

>> Read our main Ford Transit review

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2) Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2,475 sold)

Bestselling vans 2020: Mercedes Sprinter

The Sprinter continues to set incredible standards, and remains the large van all others should be measured against, especially given the cutting-edge technology that's now included on-board. Popular particularly among the online delivery industry, it has excellent reliability and aftercare, too. New engines are on the way soon.

>> Read our main Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review

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1) Ford Transit Custom (3,775 sold)

Bestselling vans 2020 - Ford Transit Custom Parkers Van of the Year 2021

The UK's bestselling van since it was launched, and winner of the 2021 Parkers Van of the Year award, the Ford Transit Custom is an exceptional all-rounder. It has plenty of load capacity, is good to drive, and owners seem to love them. New Trail and Active lifestyle models further boost a range that already included a plug-in hybrid

>> Read our main Ford Transit Custom review

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October 2020 van and pickup market report

October 2020 saw 28,753 new vans hit the road. That's 13.3% more than the 25,373 vans sold in October 2019, and makes it - as we've already mentioned - the best October for van sales on record.

All areas of the van market saw growth except pickups and 4x4s, which the SMMT believes is partly down to problems in the agriculture sector. Leading area of growth is large vans - driven by the construction sector and Christmas delivery planning, according to the SMMT - though small and medium vans are up, too.

Year-to-date, 2020 still remains 24.1% down compared with 2019, and the SMMT now believes a full recovery is impossible.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes commented: 'With a second nationwide lockdown ahead, future performance is difficult to gauge. Industries such as construction and logistics will keep the country moving as they did earlier in the year, but continued uncertainty and closures across retail and hospitality will have an effect on all businesses, and consequently commercial vehicle demand.'

He continued: 'Now more than ever, industry needs the assurance of a tariff-free deal with the EU to ensure production and delivery of these essential vehicles continues with no interruption in the difficult months ahead.'

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Bestselling vans and pickups of 2020 so far

This list shows you the top 10 bestselling vans and pickups throughout all of 2020 as it progresses, rather than just the most recent month.

Sales position Model Number sold Parkers review link
1 Ford Transit Custom 34,165 Ford Transit Custom review
2 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 18,996
Mercedes Sprinter review
3 Ford Transit
17,359 Ford Transit review
4 Vauxhall Vivaro 12,669 Vauxhall Vivaro review
5 VW Transporter
12,511 VW Transporter review
6 Ford Ranger
11,013 Ford Ranger review
7 Peugeot Partner
9,905 Peugeot Partner review
8 Citroen Berlingo
9,648 Citroen Berlingo review
9 Ford Transit Connect
9,287 Ford Transit Connect review
10 Vauxhall Combo 4,831 Vauxhall Combo review

Bestselling vans and pickups of 2019

This is the top 10 list of the bestselling vans (and pickups) of 2019 in total.

Sales position Model Number sold Parkers review link
1 Ford Transit Custom 52,512 Ford Transit Custom review
2 Ford Transit 26,237
Ford Transit review
3 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 25,862 Mercedes Sprinter review
4 VW Transporter 19,608 VW Transporter review
5 Vauxhall Vivaro 18,029 Vauxhall Vivaro review
6 Ford Ranger 16,459 Ford Ranger review
7 Ford Transit Connect 15,477 Ford Transit Connect review
8 Peugeot Partner 14,605 Peugeot Partner review
9 Citroen Berlingo 13,492 Citroen Berlingo review
10 Vauxhall Combo 12,944 Vauxhall Combo review

Bestselling vans and pickups of 2018

This is the top 10 list of the bestselling vans (and pickups) in all of 2018.

Sales position Model Number sold Parkers review link
1 Ford Transit Custom 54,806
Ford Transit Custom review
2 Ford Transit 32,694
Ford Transit review
3 VW Transporter 21,763
VW Transporter review
4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 21,278 Mercedes Sprinter review
5 Vauxhall Vivaro 19,232 Vauxhall Vivaro review
6 Ford Transit Connect 17,495 Ford Transit Connect review
7 Ford Ranger
16,440
Ford Ranger review
8 Peugeot Partner 15,056
Peugeot Partner review
9 Citroen Berlingo 13,428
Citroen Berlingo review
10 Peugeot Boxer 11,731 Peugeot Boxer review

Also read:

>> Best large vans 2020

>> Best medium vans 2020

>> Best small vans 2020