Van reviews2020-11-26T09:49:20+00:00

Keeping it simple – Dacia Duster

With more than 2 million vehicles sold, the Duster has been the number one car for retail sales in its class in Europe’s SUV market since 2019. The Duster now features a  fresh and contemporary design and hours spent in the wind tunnel have allowed for a reduction in drag and therefore CO2 as well as delivering lower fuel consumption.

By |September 19th, 2023|

Fleets say vehicle supply has been hit by semiconductor shortages

A range of actions have been undertaken by those impacted, with almost three-quarters (74%) extending the life cycle of current vehicles, more than half (51%) speeding up the implementation of EVs on their fleet, a quarter (25%) acquiring used vehicles rather than new, 21% adding a wider range manufacturers to choice lists and 11% turning to other forms of mobility.

By |August 10th, 2023|

Is it a car? Is it a van? – Toyota Corolla Commercial

Toyota’s fourth generation hybrid system gives a generous all-electric driving capability that’s ideal for urban deliveries, while the hybrid system ensures there’s always the freedom to make longer trips whenever required, with no need to schedule down-time for recharging. Powertrain and chassis are unchanged from those used by the Corolla Touring Sports passenger car, so it retains the smooth, refined and efficient performance of the 1.8-litre self-charging hybrid electric system

By |January 16th, 2023|

Landed gentry – Land Rover Defender 110 D250 Hard Top Review

Our 110 review model certainly dealt with the muddy, hilly farmlands of Dorset and was of much interest to the farming community - but did it stack up against the trusty old Landy workhorses that inhabit this corner of the world? Size was the main comment, the Defender 110 is a mighty beast, dwarfing the old models,  but what about practicality?

By |December 12th, 2022|

Versatile Verso – Toyota Proace MPV

Road manners are pretty good also. Vans ain't what they used to be generally, they are more refined, comfortable and drivable than a few years ago. The diesel engines come in 115hp,  150hp and 180hp trim and they are smooth enough runners, particularly in the cruise while the auto transmission we tried also gets high marks with smooth changes. Useful is the standard hill-start and with a long vehicle, reversing sensors are also welcome.

By |September 5th, 2022|

Pick of the pick-ups – Isuzu D-Max V-Cross

The D-Max comes in single and double cab variants and it’s powered by a 1.9-litre turbodiesel, a little rough around the edges but this is a commercial vehicle after all and it does the job very effectively. It has the ability to tow 3.5 tonnes and the vehicle is also backed by Isuzu’s 125,000 mile/5 Year warranty. The model range runs from the entry Business through All-Purpose to Adventure. Business has Utility trim, offered in 4x2 or 4x4 and in three different cab types - single, extended and double cab.

By |May 9th, 2022|

VW Caddy Life – perfect bag (and people) carrier

The Caddy is now in its fifth generation and while there are larger five-seat VWs around, this version is probably the best value, starting at under £25,500, and the most practical as a family vehicle. It sits on the same VW Group MQB platform which means it shares many of the attributes of the latest Golf, including engines, safety equipment and many interior features.

By |May 2nd, 2022|

Thinking electric? Citroen e-Dispatch can take a load off your mind

The Citroen e-Dispatch is the electric version of Citroen’s medium-sized panel van and has a range of 211-miles when fitted with the larger 75kWh battery option or 143 miles for the smaller 50kWh battery. It uses the same technology as the Vauxhall Vivaro-e, Peugeot e-Expert and the Toyota Proace Electric. Its 134bhp electric motor provides plenty of torque for carrying heavy loads while performance is good as well.

By |April 25th, 2022|

City dweller – Citroën e Berlingo

Capacity is everything with a van and the Berlingo's load space is wide and high and able to accommodate two euro palettes. The rear wheel arches don't intrude too much into the space which, overall, is practical and very usable with 10 lashing points. The Driver Pro version also gets a hard plastic load protector on the floor.

By |April 11th, 2022|

New ë-Berlingo takes to the road

Priced from £29,575 MRRP OTR (incl. Plug-in Car Grant), Citroën ë-Berlingo Electric features a 50kWh battery offering a range of up to 174 miles (WLTP), paired with a 100kW (136hp) electric motor. New ë-Berlingo Electric is fitted with a 7.4kW on-board charger as standard, with a full re-charge taking 7.5 hours.

By |November 3rd, 2021|

All new electric Kangoo ready for unveil

Kangoo Electric, which has won the hearts of some 70,000 professional customers since its launch at the end of 2011,  now accounts for one in every five electric utility vehicles sold in Europe. Equipped with a new lithium-ion battery with a fully usable capacity of 45kWh, the Kangoo E-TECH Electric boasts a range of up to 300km (187 miles) in WLTP cycle.

By |November 3rd, 2021|

Long term update – Ford Tourneo Active end of term report

As much as the Tourneo's size is its strength, it's also its weakness when it comes to those tight country lanes and even tighter village roads. This is a big beast to handle and it's size and weight do have an effect on fuel economy with a return of 31.4mpg rising to 39.5mpg in a long motorway run. Load carrying, though, is where the Tourneo scores, be it people or cargo. There's plenty of room for all the weekend-away paraphernalia, although if you are fully laden with people - all eight of them - you would struggle to fit the suitcases in.

By |October 6th, 2021|
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