Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2022: Small Van - Best for Practicality
This quartet of vans might all look different, but under the sheet metal they all share the same brilliant DNA when it comes to practicality...
Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Toyota Proace City, Vauxhall Combo
Priced from £18,814 Economy 44.7-50.7mpg CO2 emissions 144-159g/km Load space 3.3-3.8m3 Payload 751-1009kg Power 102-131bhp Torque 151-221lb ft
There’s a lot more to practicality than just how much a van can carry, but fortunately for the small Stellantis-made city vans from Citroën, Peugeot and Vauxhall – and development partners Toyota – their small vans are practical in every aspect of their design.
With a front half based on the Stellantis group’s EMP2 passenger car underpinnings – used in everything from the Citroën C5 Aircross to the Vauxhall Grandland – the Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Toyota Proace City and Vauxhall Combo are comfortable vans to drive, but are also easy to get along with, thanks to good storage and lots of driver assistance tech designed to make driving easier and safer.
While each of the models are differentiated with their own front-end styling, they are at their heart the same when it comes to practicality. All four models can take payloads in excess of 1000kg, and offer up to 4.3m3 of load volume.
Further practical abilities lie in the various packages that improve the experience for drivers spending long hours behind the wheel. The Berlingo and Partner, for example, both offer off-road equipment designed to keep you moving if you’ll regularly be venturing onto dirt, gravel or sand.
In all of these vans, the collapsible passenger seat with folding bulkhead makes carrying large items easier, and allows you to take items up to 3440mm long – a class best. Competitors like the Ford Transit Connect and Volkswagen Caddy are able to carry or move similar amounts of cargo, but the quartet’s range and versatility gives them the edge here.
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