Van and Commerical Vehicle Awards 2022: Overall Winner

It’s not uncommon for different manufacturers to co-develop a range of vans, but it’s rare that the outcome is truly revolutionary...

WINNER: Overall Van or Commercial Vehicle of the Year

Citroën e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner, Toyota Proace City Electric, Vauxhall Combo-e

Vans of the Year 2022

Priced from £27,910 Range 171 miles CO2 emissions 0g/km Load space 3.3-4.4m3 Payload 721-803kg Power 134bhp Torque 192lb ft

Each of these small electric vans deliver a terrific blend of practicality and cost-efficiency, topped off with great driving manners. But which is the best? Well, we decided that the Citroën e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner, Toyota Proace City Electric and Vauxhall Combo-e deserve to share top honours in our awards. A cop out? Far from it.   

You see, each has its own strengths: the Vauxhall (from 1 December) will be available in a more affordable specification than its relatives – perfect for those looking for a dependable low-priced electric workhorse – while the Citroën and Peugeot represent a fantastic turn-key package for fleet buyers thanks to their competitive list price and generous standard equipment list. Finally, the higher specification of the Proace City Electric – together with Toyota’s longer 10-year warranty – makes it an ideal choice for independent operators and tradesmen.

Toyota Proace City Electric load space

Whichever of these near-identical quadruplets you deem to be right for your business, you’re getting a top-class product, and one of the most complete electric vans out there. You get an official range of 171 miles, courtesy of a 50kWh battery, which is paired to a 134bhp electric motor, whose 192lb ft of torque provides a sprightly feel around town. 

There’s designed-in versatility, too; conversions in need of power have the option of the E-Power Take Off (an electric PTO) to run equipment like refrigeration units, and there’s up to 4.4m³ of usable load space to play with. You also get a generous 800kg payload limit, together with the ability to tow up to 750kg – enough for a small trailer. Meanwhile, sophisticated driver-assistance systems help to make these small vans among the safest on the market.

Toyota Proace Electric 2021 interior battery display

Citroën, Peugeot, Toyota and Vauxhall can take a deserved bow as joint victors, then. Four vans with common virtues but uncommon breadth of appeal.

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