05 December 2017 by CJ Hubbard, Vans Editor

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  • Ford Ranger
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  • Ford Ranger is the best-selling pickup of 2017
  • Ford Transit - best-selling, most-popular vans
  • Ford Transit - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year
  • Ford Transit Custom
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups
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  • Nissan Navara - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups
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  • Peugeot Partner
  • Peugeot Boxer - best-selling, most-popular vans
  • Peugeot Boxer - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year
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  • Peugeot Partner - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups of 2017
  • Renault Trafic
  • Renault Trafic in the best-selling, most-popular vans
  • Renault Trafic in the best-selling, most-popular vans this year
  • Ford Transit Connect - best-selling, most popular vans and pickups
  • Ford Transit Connect - best-selling, most popular vans and pickups this year
  • Ford Transit Custom - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups
  • Ford Transit Custom - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year
  • Vauxhall Vivaro
  • Vauxhall Vivaro - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups
  • Vauxhall Vivaro - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year
  • VW Transporter
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  • The UK's best-selling vans and pickups
  • Most popular last month, this year and last year
  • Helping you make the best buying decision

These are the best-selling vans in the UK. Using official sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacture and Traders (SMMT), here you can find out which 10 vans – sometimes including a pickup or two – are most popular over the last month, the year to date and the entire previous year.

In other words, these are the light commercial vehicles (LCVs) that other operators are spending their money on, helping you understand which vans and pickups other businesses believe are good for their business.

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Last month’s most popular vans and pickups

The most popular vans and pickups so far in 2017

The best-selling vans and pickups in 2016

Our guide to the most reliable vans on sale in the UK is also worth reading:

Most reliable vans according to the FN50 van reliability survey

Last month’s most popular vans (November 2017)

Novemer 2017 saw the van market fall by 11.1% year-on-year, marking the thrid consecutive month of decline. Perhaps even more worrying, every sector of the market was down, with the biggest fall coming among small vans, which fell 21.7%

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes points out that despite the drop, the van market remains at an historic high, still selling well above its worst performing years. however, political and economic uncertainty, related to Brexit and air quality policy decisions, continue to have a negative impact.

Here's the top 10 countdown.

10) Peugeot Boxer (881 sold)

Peugeot Boxer - best-selling, most-popular vans

Peugeot’s large van certainly isn’t the newest kid on the block, but it’s great value, good on fuel and offers one of the most generous payloads for a 3.5-tonne model. See also the Citroen Relay and the Fiat Ducato, which are basically the same.

Read the full Peugeot Boxer review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Peugeot Boxer for sale near you: newused and lease

Get an insurance quote for a Peugeot Boxer via mustard.co.uk

9) Citroen Berlingo (1,009 sold)

Citroen Berlingo among the most popular, best-selling vans

Citroen's cousin to the Peugeot Partner shares all the same attributes, which are focused particularly on value and practicality. These are also comfortable vans, but not the best to drive. The French brands' dealers are typically keen to bargain, though...

Read the full Citroen Berlingo review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Citroen Berlingo for sale near you: newused and lease

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

8) Peugeot Partner (1,103 sold)

Peugeot Partner - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups

Hugely popular small van is due to be replaced in 2018, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping buyers. Not as good to drive as the Transit Connect, but great value and cheap to run.

Read the full Peugeot Partner review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Peugeot Partner for sale near you: newused and lease

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

7) Ford Ranger (1,127 sold)

Ford Ranger in the most popular, best-selling vans and pickups

One of only two pickups that regular appears in the UK sales chart top 10, the Ranger offers a wide selection of trims and appeals to working and lifestyle buyers alike.

Read the full Ford Ranger review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Ranger for sale near you: newused and lease

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

6) Vauxhall Vivaro (1,549 sold)

Vauxhall Vivaro - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups

The Luton-built version of the Renault Trafic offers modern and highly refined engines, plenty of comfort and lots of load space. Lacks the image of the VW Transporter and doesn’t drive as well as the Ford Transit Custom. Still well worth a look.

Read the full Vauxhall Vivaro review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Vauxhall Vivaro for sale near you: newused and lease

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

5) Ford Transit Connect (1,733 sold)

Ford Transit Connect - best-selling, most popular vans and pickups

Ford’s small van is stylish, way above average to drive and even available as an M-Sport model (now renamed MS-RT) for real visual impact. Well worth considering against the rival Peugeot Partner,Citroen Berlingo and VW Caddy. Supply is plentiful and you can expect a good deal.

Read the full Ford Transit Connect review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Transit Connect for sale near you: newused and lease

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

4) Volkswagen Transporter (1,825 sold)

VW Transporter - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups

Is street cred still a thing? If it is, and if you care about it, then the VW Transporter is tough to beat. It’s also a good all-rounder in terms of economy, equipment levels and payload capacity. Not a cheap choice, mind, but it should hold its value well, too.

Read the full VW Transporter review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a VW Transporter for sale near you: newused and lease

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

3) Ford Transit (2,018 sold)

Ford Transit - best-selling, most-popular vans

Archetypal large van from Ford. Now blessed with more efficient Euro 6 2.0-litre EcoBlue engines and an optional six-speed automatic gearbox that should boost its appeal still further among urban operators. Plentiful supply and huge dealer network.

Read the full Ford Transit review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Transit for sale near you: newused and lease

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

4) Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2,142 sold)

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups

Immensely capable large van from Mercedes. Built like a tank (don’t even go there) and the one to beat as far as parcel delivery firms are concerned.

Read the full Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for sale near you: newused and lease

Get an insurance quote for a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter via mustard.co.uk

1) Ford Transit Custom (3,501 sold)

Ford Transit Custom - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups

The van to beat. This mid-size Ford has been the UK best-seller for what seems like forever, and is therefore the most popular van in the UK. It’s got style, substantial payload capacity, 2.8-tonne towing capability and comes in a wide range of trims. Best medium van to drive, too.

Read the full Ford Transit Custom review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Transit Custom for sale near you: newused and lease

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

The most popular vans in 2017 so far

10) Ford Ranger (11,885 sold)

Ford Ranger is the best-selling pickup of 2017

The UK's most-popular pickup finally breaks into the overall top 10 for 2017, displacing the Renault Trafic. An extremely versatile, great value truck.

Read the full Ford Ranger review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Ranger for sale near you: newused and lease

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

9) Citroen Berlingo (13,047 sold)

Citroen Berlingo among the most popular, best-selling vans

As ususal, competition is tight between the Citroen Berlingo and its Peugeot Partner sibbling.

Read the full Citroen Berlingo review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Citroen Berlingo for sale near you: newused and lease

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

8) Peugeot Boxer (13,223 sold)

Peugeot Boxer - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year

Value rules the day for the Boxer – it’s efficient, cheap and offers lots of payload. Other 3.5t vans drive much better.

Read the full Peugeot Boxer review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Peugeot Boxer for sale near you: newused and lease

Get an insurance quote for a Peugeot Boxer via mustard.co.uk

7) Peugeot Partner (13,938 sold)

Peugeot Partner - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year

Peugeot’s perennially popular small van sneaks into the top 10. It’s a long way behind the Transit Connect for sales, though.

Read the full Peugeot Partner review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Peugeot Partner for sale near you: newused and lease

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

6) Vauxhall Vivaro (17,648 sold)

Vauxhall Vivaro - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year

Struggling not only to compete with the Transit Custom but also the VW Transporter in 2017. But still well worth considering.

Read the full Vauxhall Vivaro review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Vauxhall Vivaro for sale near you: newused and lease

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

5) Ford Transit Connect (18,400 sold)

Ford Transit Connect - best-selling, most popular vans and pickups this year

Handles like a hot hatch. Daft bulkhead reduces useable upright length, but good value, lots of choice and very spacious cab.

Read the full Ford Transit Connect review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Transit Connect for sale near you: newused and lease

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

4) Volkswagen Transporter (19,988 sold)

VW Transporter - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year

The T6 Transporter is having a strong year, no doubt boosted by the arrival of the latest Sportline model in late 2016.

Read the full VW Transporter review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a VW Transporter for sale near you: newused and lease

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

3) Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (21,088 sold)

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year

Long-distance delight with a deserving reputation for quality. Not the cheapest, and other large vans offer far higher payload.

Read the full Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for sale near you: newused and lease

Get an insurance quote for a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter via mustard.co.uk

2) Ford Transit (25,388 sold)

Ford Transit - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year

The Transit is not the large van choice if you’re looking for maximum payload. But it drives well, is refined, and there are deals aplenty.

Read the full Ford Transit review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Transit for sale near you: newused and lease

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

1) Ford Transit Custom (47,105 sold)

Ford Transit Custom - best-selling, most-popular vans and pickups this year

Spanking every other van on the market right now, just as it did in 2016. Hugely impressive all-rounder. Start your van search here.

Read the full Ford Transit Custom review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Transit Custom for sale near you: newused and lease

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


Best-selling vans and pickups of 2016

10) Ford Ranger (13,292 sold)

Ford Ranger pickup

Ford’s charismatic Ranger pickup is one of only two trucks in the UK market available with an engine sporting more than four cylinders – perhaps other manufacturers should take note. If you’re towing, a big engine makes big sense.

Read the full Ford Ranger review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Ranger near you in the Parkers Vans for sale section

9) Peugeot Partner (14,038 sold)

Peugeot Partner

Sister van to the Citroen Berlingo, the Peugeot Partner has never quite matched Citroen’s class-leading level of sales success. But it has all the same attributes and engines, so which you choose should be down to the brand that offers you the better deal.

Read the full Peugeot Partner review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Peugeot Partner near you in the Parkers Vans for sale section

8) Citroen Berlingo (14,625 sold)

Citroen Berlingo

Of course, the Berlingo shouldn’t look too smug, because it’s now no longer the best-selling small van in the UK. On the other hand, both it and the Partner are set to be replaced with an all new model – which should arrive in 2017.

Read the full Citroen Berlingo review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Citroen Berlingo near you in the Parkers Vans for sale section

7) Renault Trafic (15,279 sold)

Renault Trafic

Renault had another record-breaking year of its own in 2016, and it’s reassuring to see one of the best medium vans making a good showing in the top 10. The Trafic has a great cabin, and is both comfortable and good to drive as well as being practical.

Read the full Renault Trafic review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Renault Trafic near you in the Parkers Vans for sale section

6) Ford Transit Connect (15,494 sold)

Ford Transit Connect

Ford’s dominance of the UK van market includes small vans, as the Connect now outsells the Berlingo as Britain’s favourite option. Spacious, practical, readily available and better to drive than its French rivals, we can understand the appeal.

Read the full Ford Transit Connect review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Transit Connect near you in the Parkers Vans for sale section

5) Volkswagen Transporter (21,526 sold)

VW Transporter

Arguably the classiest medium van on the road, the VW Transporter has a strong following among both business and lifestyle users. It also has one of the most practical cab environments and is available with some strong engines.

Read the full VW Transporter review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a VW Transporter near you in the Parkers Vans for sale section

4) Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (21,966 sold)

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The parcel couriers' favourite Mercedes-Benz Sprinter just misses out on a top three placing in 2016. This large van swallows big distances as easily as it swallows big loads, and is available with a wide range of accessories.

Read the full Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Mercedes Sprinter near you in the Parkers Vans for sale section

3) Vauxhall Vivaro (22,791 sold)

Vauxhall Vivaro

Vauxhall’s version of the Renault Trafic takes a worthy third place on the 2016 van sales podium, and is the only van still built in Britain. Like the Renault it combines value and quality, and deserves every bit of this success. It’s also the favourite van of small businesses.

Read the full Vauxhall Vivaro review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Vauxhall Vivaro near you in the Parkers Vans for sale section

2) Ford Transit (29,965 sold)

Ford Transit

Ford’s largest model has now donated its nameplate to a whole family of vans, but still sells in huge numbers in its own right. The introduction of the new EcoBlue engine, plus the automatic gearbox option coming soon, means 2017 is likely to be a bumper year for the Transit, too.

Read the full Ford Transit review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Transit near you in the Parkers Vans for sale section

1) Ford Transit Custom (49,744 sold)

Ford Transit Custom

The UK’s most popular van and runaway best-seller in 2016 is the Ford Transit Custom, which sold more than twice the number its closest rival the Vivaro could manage. Perhaps the best all-round van on sale, it carries lots, drives well and even has a sporty image. We certainly won’t be betting against it doing the same in 2017.

Read the full Ford Transit Custom review on Parkers Vans

Find a deal on a Ford Transit Custom near you in the Parkers Vans for sale section

See also:

New vans coming soon

New pickups coming soon

Record-breaking year for van sales in 2016

Best-selling, most popular vans in the UK