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Top 10 bestselling, most popular vans and pickups 2019 and 2018

  • Find out which vans and pickups sell best
  • See what’s most popular with other buyers
  • Read our full reviews, find local deals

These are the most popular vans and pickups in the UK according to the latest official bestsellers' chart from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). We update this page every month - the latest info is from February 2019 - but you'll also find the top 10 bestselling vans for all of 2018 and 2019 listed below as well.

This bestselling vans list is useful because it helps you understand which light commercial vehicles (LCVs) other businesses are buying, which can in turn act as a guide on the best van or pickup for your business.

So keep reading to find out which are the UK's bestselling LCVs.

More guides on Parkers Vans and Pickups:

Bestselling vans and pickups January 2019

10) Ford Ranger (523 sold)

bestselling vans 2019: Ford Ranger pickup truck

Consistently the UK’s bestselling pickup, the Ford Ranger is good looking and very versatile, with 3.5-tonne towing capacity and high payload ratings. But Ford is still going to update it later in 2019 with an all-new selection of engines and a new Ranger Raptor high-performance model.

>> Read the full Ford Ranger review

>> Find a Ford Ranger for sale near you: new and used

>> Get an insurance quote on a Ford Ranger via mustard.co.uk

9) Peugeot Expert (534 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: Peugeot Expert

The Expert is one of three – soon to be four with the introduction of the 2019 Vivaro – vans based on what is the most modern medium van platform on the market. Payload, fuel economy and tech levels are all at the top of the class, too, though the cab is a little impractical and cramped if we're nitpicking.

>> Read the full Peugeot Expert review

>> Find a Peugeot Expert for sale near you: new and used

>> Get an insurance quote on a Peugeot Expert via mustard.co.uk

8) Volkswagen Transporter (553 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: VW Transporter

The Transporter has a super-practical cabin, and 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. There is a heavily revised 'T6.1' version on the way later in 2019, too.

>> Read the full VW Transporter review

>> Find a VW Transporter for sale near you: new and used

>> Get an insurance quote on a VW Transporter via mustard.co.uk

7) Citroen Berlingo (592 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: Citroen Berlingo

The latest Citroen Berlingo is one of a trio of all-new small vans that are raising the bar - and not just in their sector of the market (the others being the new Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo). We love the high-tech safety features, including an overload warning sensor, and great driving experience.

>> Read the full Citroen Berlingo review

>> FInd a Citroen Berlingo for sale near you: new and used

>> Get an insurance quote on a Citroen Berlingo via mustard.co.uk

6) Vauxhall Combo Cargo (606 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: Vauxhall Combo Cargo

Vauxhall’s all-new Combo is based on the same platform as the latest Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner, and like its French cousins is an excellent small van. Payload ratings and fuel economy are good, and there is some useful technology on the way – including a built-in payload sensor.

>> Read the full Vauxhall Combo Cargo review

>> Find a Vauxhall Combo for sale near you: new and used

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

5) Vauxhall Vivaro (617 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: Vauxhall Vivaro

The only van still built in Britain, the current Vauxhall Vivaro is not long for this world, as an all-new version based on the Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch platform will be launched early in 2019. This means there are bargains to be had with this out-going model, including some very attractive finance deals.

>> Read the full Vauxhall Vivaro review

>> Find a Vauxhall Vivaro for sale near you: new and used

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

4) Ford Transit Connect (777 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: Ford Transit Connect

The Ford Transit Connect small van offers a spacious cab, class-leading fuel efficiency – and therefore low running costs – and Ford’s typically enjoyable driving experience. The extensive dealer network means it should be easy to look after, and it’s had a facelift in 2018 (pictured) too, bringing in new looks and updated engines.

>> Read the full Ford Transit Connect review

>> Find a Ford Transit Connect for sale near you: new and used

>> Get an insurance quote on a Ford Transit Connect via mustard.co.uk

3) Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (1,204 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: Mercedes Sprinter

The all-new 2018 Mercedes Sprinter (pictured) 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. A new front-wheel drive variant boosts its appeal further still.

>> Read the full Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review

>> Find a Mercedes Sprinter for sale new and used

>> Get an insurance quote on a Mercedes Sprinter via mustard.co.uk

2) Ford Transit (1,218 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: Ford Transit

The Transit is consistently the UK’s large van of choice. But while you’ll find there’s plenty of choice and it’s easy to drive, many rivals offer greater payload.  A significantly updated version (pictured) makes its UK debut at the 2019 CV Show to address this and other issues, and is expected to make this great van even greater.

>> Read the full Ford Transit review

>> Find a Ford Transit for sale near you: new and used

>> Get an insurance quote on a Ford Transit via mustard.co.uk

1) Ford Transit Custom (2,023 sold)

UK's bestselling van: Ford Transit Custom

The UK's bestselling van since it was launched, and in fact the thrid bestselling vehicle of any kind in the UK in 2018, the Ford Transit Custom is an exceptional all-rounder. It has plenty of load capacity, is good to drive and there are lots of dealers. The recent facelift (pictured) means it's better to look at and more practical than ever, too.

>> Read the full Ford Transit Custom review

>> Find a Ford Transit Custom for sale near you: new and used

>> Get an insurance quote on a Ford Transit Custom via mustard.co.uk

February 2019 van and pickup market report

The SMMT describes the February 2019 LCV market as 'stable' - and in fact it's up slightly year-on-year, by 1.8%, equivalent to 249 more vans and pickups sold than in this month in 2018.

However, the SMMT notes that February is also traditionally a small month for all vehicle sales, as many buyers decide to wait for the new registration-plate number that arrives in March. As such, the industry body is predicting a turbulent year ahead due to the current political and economical uncertainty related to Brexit.

Bestselling vans and pickups in all of 2019 so far

This is the top 10 list of the bestselling vans (and pickups) of 2019 in total, rather than over the last month.

Sales position Model Number sold Parkers review link
1 Ford Transit Custom 5,038
Ford Transit Custom review
2 Ford Transit 2,618
Ford Transit review
3 Mercedes Sprinter 2,374
Mercedes Sprinter review
4 Ford Transit Connect
1,961 Ford Transit Connect review
5 VW Transporter
1,825 VW Transporter review
6 Ford Ranger
1,552 Ford Ranger review
7 Citroen Berlingo
1,551
Citroen Berlingo review
8  Mitsubishi L200
1,529 Mitsubishi L200 review
9 Vauxhall Vivaro
1,380
 Vauxhall Vivaro review 
10 Peugeot Boxer 1,255 Peugeot Boxer 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

Further info on the 2018 van market and sales

The 2018 van and pickup sales figures ended up down 1.3% versus 2017, suggesting the light commercial vehicle (LCV) market is weathering the current financial uncertainty better than the car market.

However, December 2018 was down 8.8% versus December 2017, hinting that 2019 may prove to be a more difficult year. With 4,824 fewer vans and pickups sold in December, that month represents half the overall shortfall for the entire year. The SMMT is concerned that this is sign of poor business confidence, related perhaps to the prospect of a no deal Brexit.

Pickups continue to prove popular, however, with sales up 4.3% year-on-year, while sales of commercial 4x4s grew by a staggering 303.4%, due largely to new models entering the vacuum left by the end of the Land Rover Defender's production. Large vans remain static, while sales of small and medium vans fell.

Despite this, there were some individual successes for manufacturers - most notably Ford, which not only retained its position as the UK's favourite van brand, it also sold more LCVs than ever (over 126,000) and increased its market share to more than 35%.

Also read:

>> Best large vans 2019

>> Best medium vans 2019

>> Best small vans 2019