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Van of the Year 2021: Small Van - Best Value for Ownership Costs
Small vans are most at home on short journeys, often in urban environments, which is why our winner is an electric pioneer that offers strong residual values...
WINNER: Small Van - Best Value for Ownership Costs
Priced from £19,950 Range 124 miles CO2 emissions 0g/km Load space 4.2m3 Payload 705kg Power 107bhp Torque 187lb ft
When it comes to city driving, a compact van with a high capacity would tick many boxes for most businesses. But throw in an electric motor and you’re potentially future-proofing your purchase for years to come.
The Nissan eNV200 has been around for a while, but there’s yet to be a credible rival to this big-volume all-electric van, which offsets its higher upfront purchase or lease cost by offering far cheaper running costs and better residual values come resale time.
Indeed, it’s those residuals that really set the eNV200 apart from its closest rivals. The Renault Kangoo ZE would run it close in most areas but falls down slightly when it comes to holding its value. The new Maxus e Deliver 3 also looks good on paper, because, like the eNV200, it is a large-capacity van with a relatively modest footprint. Sadly, though, the Chinese-made Maxus can’t match the retained value of the Nissan either.
The eNV200’s age – and its established reputation both as a van and as the underpinnings of the Nissan Leaf electric family hatchback – count in its favour in proving the effectiveness of the technology, especially when questions over the lifespan of the batteries arise. Nearly a decade after trials first began in London, the eNV200 continues to prove its durability, and it comes with a five-year vehicle warranty and eight years of battery cover.
Yes, some diesel-powered rivals can come close for day-to-day running costs when the lower upfront purchase price is factored in, but for most owners most of the time, especially in and around large cities where compact dimensions and low emissions are critical, we believe the eNV200, with its 124-mile official range, is the best choice.
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