Parkers Van Deal of the Week 24/07/2015

  • Vauxhall Corsavan 1.3 CDTi 73bhp
  • One deal spotted is just £7,990
  • Car-like handling but small cargo area 

From big to small, we shift the focus of this week’s van deal to the lighter side of the market. Car derived vans have suffered as a consequence of the new ‘compact van’ segment (Fiat Fiorino, Citroen Nemo, Ford Transit Courier, etc.) but they’re no match for the Vauxhall Corsavan’s refinement, stylish interior or low running costs.

We've spotted a deal offered by Global Vans on the Vauxhall Corsavan 1.3 CDTi 73bhp for just £7,990 plus VAT, a saving of £4,328 off the list price. Finance is available, and it can be acquired on Contract Hire, Hire Purchase or Finance Lease. There are more deals on the Vauxhall Corsavan here.

Quality interior

The cab is small in size but the driver’s seat and steering wheel are adjustable for reach and rake. The Corsavan is updated as frequently as its car counterpart, so it benefits from a very stylish cab, with a black two-tone dashboard, steering mounted controls and a DAB radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Its compact cabin means that everything is within reach, and there’s no stretching to reach the infotainment system or fan. There are cup holders located in front of the gearstick and but a limited number of storage compartments located around the cab.

Car-like handling

What the Vauxhall Corsavan lacks in loading attributes, it certainly makes up for in driving impressions. As you’d imagine, this is the closest the van press gets to testing a car and its incredibly fun to drive.

The 1.3-litre diesel engine, tuned to 74bhp and 190Nm of torque, is very spritely thanks to the low kerbweight, and it remains composure going into the corners. The steering is precise and provides ample feedback, although quite a bit of road noise at higher speed due to the half-height bulkhead.

Limited load space

Loading attributes are never a strong point for CDVs, with the Vauxhall Corsavan offering a payload of 571kg and a load volume of 0.92 cubic metres (VDA method). The cab and the load are separated by a half height steel bulkhead.

There is a half-height plastic load lining panels, interior tailgate handles, a light for night time loading and unloading and four load restraint lashing eyes.

Costs and summary

Running costs are low thanks to its fuel efficiency, with a combined fuel economy well into the late '70s. If your tools fit into the compact load space, there’s very little not to like about the Vauxhall Corsavan; it’s fun to drive, the interior is pleasing to the eye and its cheap to run.

Finance Lease is priced at £119 per month (initial rental of £1,071 + VAT), hire purchase costs £150 per month based on 60 months (with an initial payment of £799 and all the VAT) and contract hire starts from £139 per month based on a 6+47 payment plan, 10,000 miles per annum (plus VAT).

To view new Vauxhall Corsavan for sale click here.