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Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2022: Medium Van - Best for Practicality

When it comes to all-round practicality, the Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert, Toyota Proace and Vauxhall Vivaro simply can’t be beaten...

WINNER: Medium Van - Best for Practicality

Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert, Toyota Proace, Vauxhall Vivaro

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Medium vans

Priced from £23,983 Economy 35.3-52.3mpg CO2 emissions 159-211g/km Load space 4.6-6.1m3 Payload 1108kg- 1446kg Power 98-178bhp Torque 199-295lb ft

The small van sector has seen a lot of innovation in the last year, but when it comes to medium vans, nothing has surpassed the closely related quartet that took the practicality title at last year’s What Car? Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards: the Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert, Toyota Proace and Vauxhall Vivaro.

True, the Ford Transit Custom has a higher payload, while the Renault Trafic and Volkswagen Transporter can both move larger volumes, but the Dispatch, Expert, Proace and Vivaro offer the best balance of payload and volume.

Citroen Dispatch VACVA

Then there are the practical touches that you get, including a load-through bulkhead that enables items that are more than 3.6-metres long to be transported. Meanwhile, a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.1-tonnes means as much as 1446kg can be carried.

Motion sensing doors that detect a foot being waved underneath the door opening give the vans a novel and useful means of accessing the rear when a driver’s hands are full. And finally, the interior features lots of useful storage spaces.

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