Business van of the year awards 2018 shortlist

Best Commercial Vans

What are the best commercial vans for 2018? With the huge range of options to choose from, it’s sometimes useful to look at which models are up for awards. Let’s take a look at some of Business Vans’ nominated best commercial vans and why they’re a smart choice for your business.

Best Small Trades Van:Renault Kangoo I Van ZE 33 Business

Not so long ago, a fully electric van would have seemed like a pipe dream, but the new Renault Kangoo is not only great for the environment, but is also a smart choice for small businesses. It has the same load capacity as its diesel counterpart and is highly economical to run. Easy to charge, efficient and versatile, it’s ideal for those whose business is mainly around town.

Best Large Trades Van:Renault Trafic Van SL27dCi 120 Business

Specifically designed for mobile businesses or those carrying passengers, the Trafic is a reliable and versatile option with smart storage solutions and an interior capacity to suit all needs. Variations include the panel van, which offers short or long wheelbase variants, and a low or high roof that can either be glazed or paneled. It also has ample storage, allowing for 5.2m3 to over 8m3.

Should you need a vehicle to get your work team and tools on-site, then opt for the crew van which can seat up to six people, and allows space for safe storage. Finally, the passenger van model caters for transporting up to nine people in comfort.

Best Heavy Van - Volkswagen Crafter CR30

In the category for real workhorses is the Volkswagen Crafter CR30, a faithful worker which can cope with very heavy loads and eat up the miles too. It’s easy to see why it’s a contender for best commercial van, with its excellent handling and ability to cope with less-than-perfect road surfaces. The vehicle includes a six-speed manual gear box, plus electric windows, air-conditioning and a handy mobile office function in the front seats.

Best Green Van - Volkswagen Transporter Van T28 LWB

The Transporter offers all of the features you’d expect in a diesel van, but has the bonus of being environmentally friendly too. Offering maximum flexibility with two wheelbases and three roof heights, the Transporter has a load volume of up to 9.3 m³. Well suited to making load access easy, there’s a low load bed and a wide rear opening.

Best Pick-Up - Mitsubishi L200 Pick Up 2.4DI-D 4Titan Double Cab

The Mitsubishi L200 range extends from a basic utility two-door model through to extended five-seater double cabs. The styling is pleasingly chunky, but more importantly it’s the vehicle’s specification which makes it a good nominee for best in class, and another excellent contender for best commercial van.

If you’d like any advice on what commercial van is right for your business, or wish to take a look at our used vans, pop along to your local Vanwise centre in Harlow, Maidstone and Dunstable. Our flexible Contract Hire packages make finding a van to suit your budget simple.