The most fuel efficient vans available on the market are, unsurprisingly, the smallest models in production. If you need a larger van then you will be forced to make a sacrifice in fuel economy. In order to present a fair comparison we've divided the following list into small car-based vans, small vans and large vans. If you're looking for used vans for sale in Kent or any other part of the UK then Lifestyle Motor Group has a wide selection available to view online.
Small car-based vans
1) Ford Fiesta Van 1.6 TDCi – Based on the current What Car? Small Car of the year this small van has all of the features that make the car version great to drive and delivers an unbeatable fuel economy of 85.6mpg.
2) Vauxhall Corsavan 1.3 CDTi – The Corsavan is based on the Corsa, which like the Fiesta is an extremely competent small car. The smaller diesel in the Vauxhall delivers a little over 83mpg, which isn't quite as frugal as the Ford, but still makes for a very cost effective little load lugger.
3) Fiat Punto Van – This van is based on the Fiat Punto, which is a little older than the Fiesta or the Corsa but still holds up respectably in terms of fuel economy. The Punto's 1.3 litre diesel engine returns 80.7mpg.
1) Peugeot Bipper/Fiat Fiorino/Citroen Nemo – These three vans are all essentially the same model but with different badges. As a consequence they offer similar fuel economy of around 68mpg. As a result of being purpose built as vans they score in terms of their usable load space when compared with the car-based models.
2) Mercedes-Benz Citan 109 Cdi/Renault Kangoo 1.5 dCi – These two vans are the same apart from cosmetic differences. The Kangoo predates the Citan and received many improvements when the Mercedes version was launched in 2012. Both vans have a quoted fuel economy of 65.7mpg.
1) Ford Transit 350 LWB 2.2 TDCi – Popularly regarded as the best, most cost effective van of its size on the market, the Ford Transit offers close to 40mpg in fuel economy. While this is a bit of a step down from the figures achieved by smaller vans it remains an impressive level of economy compared with historical vans of this size.
2) Fiat Ducato 2.3 MultiJet LWB – With a quoted 39.2mpg the Ducato isn't far behind the Transit in terms of fuel economy. It's a well regarded, high quality van and is slightly more efficient than either the Peugeot Boxer or Citroen Relay with which it shares a platform.
3) Renault Master 2.3 dCiQuickshift FWD – In front wheel drive form with the optional semi-automatic gearbox the Renault Master achieves 38.2mpg, making it competitive with the Ford and the Fiat as a large van.
4) Volkswagen Crafter 2.0 TDI LWB – The Crafter is a refined alternative to the market leading vans above. In BlueMotion form the engine can achieve 37.2mpg while still producing a respectable power output.
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