Best vans for delivery drivers 

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

Volkswagen Transporter Left Side View

Delivery drivers need a dependable set of wheels but which are the best to choose for those multi-drop jobs?

Whether you're delivering parcels for a well-known multinational firm or running errands for a local builders merchant, you'll need a van that can cram in as much as possible and be dependable.

Our experts have gathered together a list of the best vans for delivery drivers on sale on heycar.

Ford Transit Custom

Year launched: 2012

Ford Transit Custom parked

The Ford Transit is the UK’s most popular van – millions can’t be wrong. We’re not going to argue, the Transit’s available with great engines has a nice interior and – thanks to a five-star NCAP score – is very safe.

There are short and long-wheelbase versions for you to choose between with a cargo hold capacity of up to 8.3 cubic metres and a payload capacity in excess of 1.4 tonnes. You can even specify an optional load-through bulkhead hatch so there’s room to fit things like ladders, pipes and long lengths of timber. 

Choose one of the diesel models and fuel economy of up to 40mpg should be possible and you’ll find the Transit Custom’s light controls and tight turning circle make it easy to drive in town. You can also fit kit like active cruise control, making it an ideal motorway cruiser. 

Volkswagen T6 Transporter

Year launched: 2016

Volkswagen Transporter Left Side View

Volkswagen has a long history of building excellent vans and the Volkswagen T6 Transporter – its latest mid-sized van – is one of the best. It looks very similar to the old T5 but comprehensive improvements have been made in areas such as ease of use and refinement.

The Volkswagen has room for three Euro Pallets, can carry up to 1331kg and tow a braked trailer of 2500kg. The load bay is very practical, too, you can have rear barn doors that open 250 degrees and a sliding side door. 

You get a decent choice of engines but the best on the current model is the 102PS diesel which feels much stronger than that modest power figure suggests. It’s also quiet, refined and capable of returning fuel economy of more than 45mpg. 

Toyota Proace

Year launched: 2016

Toyota Proace Front Side View

The Toyota Proace shares its parts with the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert but is marked out by its more comprehensive five-year/100,000-mile warranty – two years more cover than you get with the other two.

There are three body sizes and two wheelbases to choose between, as well as van or crew cab layouts which have space for up to nine people. The majority of models have a 1400kg payload, plus you get two sliding side doors and a pair of barn doors that open 250 degrees at the rear.

Air-conditioning is a glaring omission on the standard equipment list, but you do get a DAB radio and a full-length steel bulkhead. The best engine to choose is the 115PS diesel that moves the van along nicely and will return fuel economy of more than 50mpg. 

Vauxhall Vivaro

Year launched: 2019

Vauxhall Vivaro Left Side View

The Vauxhall Vivaro is Vauxhall’s best selling van and – unlike the mechanically identical Citroen Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace – it’s built in the UK, not France. It’s an easy van to drive and also comfortable.

You can choose 4.9 and 5.3-meter-long versions with a payload of up 1450kg, although its 6.6 cubic meter capacity is down on competitors. That said, all models get two sliding rear doors and mid-spec vans come with a bulkhead hatch for long materials like copper pipe and timber. 

Even the entry-level diesel model produces 120PS and is capable of fuel economy of up to 47mpg. All models come with cruise control so you won’t get an achy right foot on long motorway stints, mid-spec vans get rear parking sensors, plus auto lights and wipers.

Mercedes-Benz Vito

Year launched: 2014

Mercedes-Benz Vito driving

The Mercedes Benz Vito offers a wide range of configurations – including crew cab and minibus models – all of which are car-like to drive and come with a healthy list of standard equipment. 

You can choose from three van lengths all of which are 140mm longer than the old model and the van has a maximum payload capacity of 1350kg with space ranging from 5.5 cubic meters to 6.6. You can also choose from front or rear-wheel-drive models.

The new 1.6-litre diesel engine with 88PS or 114PS is perfect for town duties while the 2.1-litre diesel – with up to 190PS – is ideal for longer hauls. Whichever version you choose, the Vito handles tidily and is very comfortable on motorway stints.

The Ford Transit is the best van for delivery. You’ll find a huge selection of Transits on the second-hand market and whichever version you choose you’ll end up with a van that’s easy to live and relatively cheap to run and fix. 

The best medium-sized van is the Ford Transit Custom. Okay, so its 8.3 cubic meter capacity isn’t the biggest but it’s still very practical with an optional bulkhead hatch that means you can carry long items. 

The Ford Transit is the most comfortable van. Inside, it feels just like one of Ford's cars, albeit with a much better view out of the front, it's quiet on the motorway and can be specified with adaptive cruise control that accelerates and brakes for you. 

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Ford Transit Custom

2.0 TDCi 130ps Low Roof Limited Van

  • 2017
  • 16,122 miles
  • TrustFord Mallusk Transit Centre
  • Antrim, BT364PP
Price (ex VAT):£18,000
HP: £509.60/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £509.60, Customer Deposit: £2,700.00, Total Deposit: £2,700.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,045.60, Total Amount Payable: £21,045.60, Representative APR: 12.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 12.15%

Ford Transit Custom

2.0 EcoBlue 130ps Low Roof Limited Van

  • 2020
  • 18,629 miles
  • Essex Ford Transit Centre Rayleigh
  • Essex, SS73NL
Price (ex VAT):£20,995
HP: £586.73/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £586.73, Customer Deposit: £3,149.00, Total Deposit: £3,149.25, Total Charge For Credit: £3,277.53, Total Amount Payable: £24,272.53, Representative APR: 11.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.12%