Vauxhall Movano review

Category: Large Van

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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It’s been a decade since the Vauxhall Movano first hit the roads, yet during that time this large van hasn’t really changed all that much. This latest version, unveiled at the end of 2019, makes do with a facelift and new engines.

Based on the Renault Master van, the Vauxhall Movano is also closely related to the Nissan NV400, and has to compete against titans of the large van sectors like the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, as well as the Fiat Ducato, Citroën Relay, Peugeot Boxer and Volkswagen Crafter.

Carving out a speciality in the large van sector is tough, but the Movano can lay claim to a large array of body options, ranging from panel vans in four lengths and three heights, to 4.5-tonne chassis cabs. There is also a double cab option with seating for up to seven, as well as crew cab vans, box vans and platform cabs.

The Movano is also available in front-wheel-drive for short, standard and long bodied vans, and is available with rear-wheel-drive with single or twin rear wheels on the two largest body sizes.

Power comes from a 2.3-litre biturbo diesel engine producing 128bhp to 178bhp. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, with the option of a Tecshift six-speed automatic also available. 

While the smaller Vauxhall Vivaro and Vauxhall Combo city vans are now built by Vauxhall’s owners PSA Group (Peugeot and Citroën), the Movano will have to wait a while longer to inherit underpinnings from the Peugeot Boxer and Citroën Relay. 

The Movano is available with gross vehicle weights (GVW) from 2.8 tonnes to 4.5 tonnes, can transport up to 2100kg (over 1500kg for a 3.5 tonne van) and has a maximum load volume of 17m3.

On the inside there is a new Intellilink 5.0 navigation system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are also new seats with improved lumbar support and the option of an air suspended seat option for the driver. New safety features have been added too, with Side Wind Assist, lane departure warning and blindspot detection, as well as the option of a rear-view camera that's paired with a 7in screen where the rear-view mirror would be.

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