Top 10 bestselling, most popular vans and pickups 2020

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These are the most popular, bestselling vans and pickups in the UK according to the latest official sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

We update this page every month, and the figures from March 2020 are perhaps the most extraordinary we've ever seen - though not for the best of reasons. The current lockdown surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a dramatic affect on van and pickup sales.

March is always a crucial month in the marketplace, as it's when the first new registration plate of the year is introduced. Yet the impact of COVID-19 has seen van and pickup sales fall 54.3% - more than half.

We've updated our 2020 top 10 accordingly, below, where you'll also find the top 10 bestselling vans for all of 2018 and 2019 as well.

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Top 10 bestselling vans and pickups March 2020

10) Vauxhall Combo Cargo (906 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: Vauxhall Combo Cargo

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

>> Read the full Vauxhall Combo Cargo review 

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

9) Vauxhall Vivaro (945 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019 - Vauxhall Vivaro

The new 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 latest version is a little down on overall load volume but can carry vast amounts of payload and offers great fuel economy.

>> Read the full Vauxhall Vivaro review

>> Find a Vauxhall Vivaro for sale near you

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

8) Citroen Berlingo (1,307 sold)

Citroen Berlingo - find out where it ranks among the bestselling vans

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

>> Read the full Citroen Berlingo review

>> Find a Citroen Berlingo for sale near you

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

7) Ford Ranger (1,391 sold)

Bestselling pickups 2020 - Ford Ranger (2019 model)

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. The latest 2.0-litre engines are a revelation, too, providing plenty of performance yet with far greater refinement, while the Ranger Raptor high-performance model is great fun.

>> Read the full Ford Ranger review

>> Find a Ford Ranger for sale near you

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

6) Ford Transit Connect (1,472 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: Ford Transit Connect

The Transit Connect small van offers a spacious cab, great running costs and Ford’s typically enjoyable driving experience. The extensive dealer network means it should be easy to look after and the latest version is packed with tech too, including built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and some very fuel efficient engines.

>> Read the full Ford Transit Connect review

>> Find a Ford Transit Connect for sale near you

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

5) Volkswagen Transporter (1,802 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 T6.1 facelift version is now in dealers, bringing an even better driving experience and the latest technology.

>> Read the full VW Transporter review

>> Find a VW Transporter for sale near you

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

4) Peugeot Partner (1,921 sold)

Peugeot Partner 2020 - find out where it ranks among the bestselling vans

This Peugeot Partner was introduced in early 2019 and is the sister van to the Vauxhall Combo Cargo and Citroen Berlingo. It's successfully continuing the model's long-running popularity with buyers - and so it should, given the impressive payload ratings, decent driving experience and high level of available technology.

>> Read the full Peugeot Partner review

>> Find a Peugeot Partner for sale near you

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

3) Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (1,928 sold)

Bestselling vans 2020: Mercedes Sprinter

The Mercedes 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. A new front-wheel drive variant boosts its appeal further still but it's not set to meet the latest emissions standards until June 2020.

>> Read the full Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review

>> Find a Mercedes Sprinter for sale near you

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

2) Ford Transit (1,957 sold)

Bestselling vans 2019: 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 the full Ford Transit review

>> Find a Ford Transit for sale near you

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

1) Ford Transit Custom (4,345 sold)

Ford Transit Custom 2019 - where does it rank among the bestselling vans

The UK's bestselling van since it was launched, and winner of the 2020 Parkers Medium Van of the Year Award, the Ford Transit Custom is an exceptional all-rounder. It has plenty of load capacity, is good to drive, there are lots of dealers and owners seem to love them - praising the way they look as well as the way they perform. Job done.

>> Read the full Ford Transit Custom review

>> Find a Ford Transit Custom for sale near you

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

March 2020 van and pickup market report

Just 30,247 vans were registered in the UK in March 2020, less than half the number sold in March 2019. This is entirely down to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which for sensible social-distancing reasons has forced the closure of dealerships and brought in a severe economic crunch for businesses of all sizes.

This dramatic fall in such an important month of the year has brought the entire first quarter of 2020 down 33% compared with the previous year, the weakest performance since March 2012.

Despite this, vans remain vital to support everything that happens in the UK at this very trying time, supporting our emergency services and maintaining the flow of deliveries that are keeping the economy functioning, even at very much repressed levels.

Here's hoping we all find ourselves coming out of the other side of this unprecedented era sooner rather than later.

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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 9,392 Ford Transit Custom review
2 Ford Transit 4,976
Ford Transit review
3 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4,216 Mercedes Sprinter review
4 Peugeot Partner
3,857 Peugeot Partner review 
5 Ford Transit Connect 
3,593 Ford Transit Connect review
6 Vauxhall Vivaro
3,460 Vauxhall Vivaro review
7 VW Transporter
3,388 VW Transporter review
8 Citroen Berlingo
3,194 Citroen Berlingo review
9 Ford Ranger
2,792 Ford Ranger review
10 Vauxhall Combo
2,330 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 2019

>> Best medium vans 2019

>> Best small vans 2019