14 July 2016 by Liam Campbell, Van Editor

  • We compare five small vans
  • Various aspects of the vans accounted for
  • Small van sales are falling

Over the past couple of years, the volume of small van sales in the UK has fallen due to many operators upsizing to a more practical medium van. However, small vans are more fuel efficient and many of the latest generation are very productive, with increased payloads and longer load lengths.

However, which small van is the best? Parkers Vans examines each aspect of the competitors to present the top five small panel vans.

5 – Nissan NV200

Believe it or not, the Nissan NV200 has the third best residual values in its class because it's relatively rare and it has its own unique style. Despite having a poor payload and refinement, the NV200 is popular with a number of operators thanks to its tight turning circle, best-in-class visibility and internal load height.

Read more on the Nissan NV200.

4 – Renault Kangoo

The Renault Kangoo and its 1.5-litre diesel engine is one of the oldest vans in the class, but it’s also the second most fuel-efficient thanks to energy-saving ‘Efficiency’ technology. Replacement parts from Renault dealerships are also very cheap but it's not the most practical van with a small payload and it has poor refinement.

Read more on the Renault Kangoo.

3 – Fiat Doblo Cargo

The Fiat Doblo Cargo is possibly the most underrated van in the UK. It has poor perceived build quality and suffers the worst residual values in its class, but it’s a very practical, efficient and comfortable van. It was the first small van to offer a one-tonne payload and it has the widest range of bodystyles.

Read more on the Fiat Doblo Cargo.

2 – Volkswagen Caddy

The Volkswagen Caddy has long been seen as the most desirable van in the class, but the van has changed very little since 2003. The VW Caddy is very expensive to buy, as are the parts, and there’s very little legroom, although it does benefit from fantastic residual values and it’s one of the most reliable vans on UK roads.

Read more on the Volkswagen Caddy.

1 - Ford Transit Connect

Since its introduction in 2013, the Ford Transit Connect has impressed customers with its superior ride and handling and respectable practicality, fuel-efficiency, parts prices and high levels of comfort. There are very few drawbacks, but it does suffer from poor visibility and the turning circle is quite wide.

Read more on the Ford Transit Connect.

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