Commercial vans are essential for so many businesses, whether it be just a single van or a fleet of vans. The question is which vans are the best and what is the best way to acquire those vans?
Business van leasing is a great way for get however many vans you want for an easy to budget monthly cost. Vans for business are available either with a deposit that would lower the monthly cost of the vans or without deposit, meaning you are solely paying for the lease on a monthly basis.
Now when it comes to deciding which vans you want for your business, here are three that should be considered.
The Ford Transit is by far the most well-known and popular van on UK roads. This is down to its brilliant engine, space capacity and handling. It is an all-round brilliant van that has helped businesses deliver a variety of commercial services.
When it comes to the engine, the Ford Transits are powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder EcoBlue engine and it has a 21-litre AdBlue tank. This allows the van to drive 6,000 miles before it requires a refill that would be perfect for businesses that require long distance travel. The fuel economy of the Ford Transit is estimated at 40.9 mpg.
However, the more important issue for business vans is their load space and practicality. When it comes to the gross vehicle weight, the Transit vans can range from 2.9-tonnes to 4.7-tonnes. This means this van can carry impressive amount of weight without it really affecting the performance. When it comes to space, the Ford Transit can range in sizes from 9.6 cubic metres to 15.1 cubic metres.
When it comes to safety, the Ford Transit is designed to ensure that it can cope with side winds through stabilisation technology, so you can feel safe and secure when travelling on the motorways. It also comes with front, side and curtain airbags also.
Another, but slightly smaller rival to the Ford Transit and competitor for the best business van is the Toyota Proace.
When it comes to the set up in the Proace, you can get a 2.0-litre diesel engine and a 6-speed gearbox. There are two versions of the 2.0-litre engine. One develops 128 bhp and the second is a more powerful 163 bhp. These engines can produce a fuel economy between 39.8-44.1 mpg. The 2.0-litre engines will require a service every 20,000 miles.
Toyota have designed the Proace to come in three separate sizes, including 5-cubic metres, 6-cubic metre and 7-cubic metres so you can be certain you get the size you are after. It can also handle up to 2,000 kg trailer to ensure you can carry as much as possible.
For safety and reliability, the Proace has been fitted with vehicle stability control as standard as well as airbags for both the driver and passengers. Daytime running lights are also fitted as standard along with fog lamps and ABS brakes.
Like the other two vans, the Volkswagen Transporter offers 2.0-litre engines to power their vans. Volkswagen offer three 2.0-litre engines, one offers 84 bhp, another 102 bhp and the third in its bi0turbo form delivers 180 bhp. Each van now comes with Start/Stop technology, low rolling resistance tyres and regenerative braking. This all combined together is claimed to save 15% fuel saving. When it comes to the gearbox, any engine below 140 bhp has a 5-speed gearbox whilst all those over have a 6-speed gearbox.
Volkswagen have ensured that the Transporter offers a load volume of 5.8-9.3 cubic metres dependent upon which model you choose. The Transporter also has a payload of 1,221kg, which makes it one of the most practical vans on the market, able to carry impressive amounts of items and material.
For safety reasons, the Transporter, like the Ford Transit and the Toyota Proace deliver driver and passenger airbags as standard. Transporter vans also come with Adaptive Cruise Control, Hill Hold Assist, Driver Alert System and Lane Change assist.
Vans for business and commercial use have to have the right payload, and load space, plus good fuel economy and so many other things, in order to achieve what the business wants. Van leasing is a brilliant way of getting the vans you want; the amount of vans you want within the budget you have to spend.