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MAN TGE Van Review

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MAN TGE
MAN TGE

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1 / 6

00/10
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"Well-built, dependable, good value"
  • Launched: 2017
  • Van
  • Diesel

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Good to drive
  • MAN trucks dealer and service network access
  • Plenty of versions so suit individual needs

Cons

  • Some of the best convenience features are optional
  • Interior isn't as plush as a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
  • Rarity means that choice is limited

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Overall verdict

"The MAN TGE is well worth a look - even if you've never considered one before. There's a lot of commercial vehicle heritage, even if this is the firm/s first panel van."

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You could be forgiven for never having heard of MAN – they’re new to vans. But they’re not new to commercial vehicles, with a comprehensive, highly-rated range of trucks and coaches, as well as a large dealer and servicing network across the UK and Europe.


And that’s why its new TGE is such an important van. MAN makes a special effort to explain that it’s a commercial vehicle maker, not a car maker with a range of vans. So you’ll get access to that network, which has longer opening hours and provides 24-hour roadside assistance. In 2018 the TGE range was expanded to include dropside, tipper and Luton bodies. Working in partnership with two of the UK’s leading body builders the MAN Vans to Go offer operators a choice of hard wearing and robust Dropside, Tipper and Luton bodies.


All bodies come with a manufacturer’s three year warranty. The Dropside, measures 4300 mm in length and 2100 mm in width, features a steel bulkhead, 400mm aluminium sideboards and a Birchwood floor.


The Tipper, measures 3270mm in length and 2100mm in width features 400mm aluminium sideboards, a steel floor and a single stage ram with scissor mechanism. The Luton offers internal dimensions of 4250 mm in length, 2085mm in with and features 11 mm GRP sides, a narrow lath roller shutter door and a Birchwood floor.  


Obviously, that would all be for nothing if the van was terrible, but pleasingly that’s not the case. It’s effectively the same as the Volkswagen Crafter and is built in the same plant. It has the same strong, refined engines and the same excellent convenience tech including trailer parking assistance. In short – it’s great.


The naming structure looks a little confusing but the first digit shows the vehicle’s payload. The numbers after the point show power – so a TGE 3.180 has a 3.0 tonne payload capacity and has a 180PS engine. All versions get the same 2.0-litre TDI, with 102PS, 122PS, 140PS or, in Bi-Turbo form with 177PS.


As with the Volkswagen Crafter, there's front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive options, with manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions. Go for a rear-wheel drive model and gross vehicle weight is up to 5.5 tonnes. Standard, long and extra-long variants are offered with standard, high or super high roof options.


You can also get combi versions, as well as chassis cabs and chassis crew cabs for conversion to a range of different vehicles including tippers and box vans. Stick to the panel van and max cargo length is up to 4855mm, with a maximum internal height of 2189mm for the super-high versions.


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On the inside

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Driving

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Cost to run

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Prices and Specs

Common questions

Common questions

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