What van size do you need? Our handy guide will help you choose the right vehicle for your business needs

26 February 2020
[ 10 min read ]

Why get a van that’s too big or small when you can take a minute on our van size guide to make sure that you choose the right vehicle?

Our simple to understand guide means that you don’t have to fret about trying to work out how much a cubic metre is.

Instead we show you what the width, length and height of each van’s compartment is so that you can visualise the space for yourself and work out what can go in it. The load weight (payload) is also included in the guide.

Although these dimensions are the market avarage, they can point you in the right direction helping you to find the perfect vehicle for your business needs. 


Micro Van

Micro van is quite literally a car with the rear side windows blanked off and the rear seats replaced by a flat load area that’s separated from the front seats by a  bulkhead. This means, of course, that it not only looks like a car but also comes equipped and largely drives like one. Its small load area and limited practicality is certainly something to take into consideration, however, it's more practical than a regular car of this size and still a safer, more functional way to carry goods or equipment than an ordinary small car with the rear seats folded down.  

If your business only requires modest carrying capacity but still with the advantages of a dedicated commercial vehicle – which includes fixed-rate taxation and a functional load area and the added safety of a bulkhead – the micro van might be a right choice.

Fiesta Van is one of the micro van choices.




Small Van

For those who don't need to carry large loads, small vans are the ideal choice because they’re practical, cheaper to insure and run, perfect for nipping between jobs and easier to park in busy town centres.

Ideally, small vans should also be comfortable, easy to drive and rugged, yet still offer a decent amount of payload for those occasions when you need to carry that little bit extra.

There's a really good choice from some big brands, including the Volkswagen CaddyCitroen Berlingo, Ford Transit Connect , Peugeot Partner, Ford Transit CourierMercedes CitanNissan NV250Vauxhall Combo and Renault Kangoo, including the 100% electric model - Renault Kangoo Z.E.  – perfect for the new Ultra Low Emissions Zones in London.





The popularity of pickups is out of question.  With the connection of work and play, pickups meet the needs of those who require a practical solution to needing a rugged vehicle with the ability to load and unload cargo quickly whilst being able to tackle a variety of terrain.

Traditionally, pick-ups were workhorses favoured for their ability to carry and tow heavy loads. Modern pick-ups are much more versatile and are increasingly popular with families. Great for towing caravans and carrying plenty of cargo, pickups now come with four-door double cab varieties on top of the traditional two door. They are also popular as company cars, as users can reduce their Benefit-in-Kind tax by choosing a pick-up over an SUV or 4x4. Just note that, to qualify, your pick-up will need to be classed as an LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) or be a double-cab pick-up with a payload of at least one tonne.

The range of pickups includes: Ford Ranger, Nissan NavaraMitsubishi L200Toyota HiluxMercedes X-ClassVolkswagen Amarok and Isuzu D-Max.




Medium Van 

One of the most recognisable size of vans on the road today. Perfect for getting the job done, they are spacious, comfortable and extremely reliable. Medium vans come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention trim levels of varying degrees of luxury comfort. 

Medium vans are the main choice for trades of all types. Van driving small business owners are the foundation of the British economy, and while small and large vans have their important place, medium vans continue to outsell other sized vans in their thousands. 

With  the popularity of medium vans comes a great choice of models from the biggest brands on the market, such as: Ford Transit Custom, Citroen Dispatch, Vauxhall Vivaro, Renault Trafic, Peugeot Expert, Volkswagen TransporterMercedes Vito and Toyota ProAce.




Minibus /  Crew Cab

The best way to transport crew or passengers, based on either a small, medium van or a large van, these models have been converted for maximum comfort and style. 

The minibus version is the perfect choice if you need to carry a larger team of workers or passengers but don't need the large loading area. 

What do you do if you regularly carry a team of workers around with all their equipment? Or you still need the practicality of a van, but also want your van to double up as a family car at the weekends? Crew Van might be the right answer for your needs.  Essentially, a Crew Van is a combination of a Passenger and Cargo Van -it has up to six seats, rather than the usual three of a standard van. Okay, these extra seats do eat into the load area of the van, but most crew vans’ load areas are still big enough to be practical for multi-purpose use.

The most popular vehicles in this category are:  Volkswagen Transporter Kombi,  Mercedes Vito CrewFiat Doblo CrewFiat Ducato Window and Ducato Crew and Ford Transit Minibus.




Dropside / Tipper 

tipper / dropside could be the answer if you need to carry loose items such as soil, sand, cement, branches, logs, stone, gravel, scrap or anything else that you could think of. They also make the transport of large, awkward loads easy with their spacious load capacity. 

Very popular with the scaffolding, logistics and construction industries, these vans are particularly popular with the building trade.     

  • Dropside / tipper vans are available in single cab or crew cab meaning that you can carry up to six passengers. 

Popular tippers / dropsides are: Peugeot Boxer, Citroen Relay, Renault Master, Ford Transit, Fiat Ducato, Mercedes Sprinter, Nissan NV400 and Volkswagen Crafter.                 





Large Van

Built with load capacity, performance and reliability in mind, large vans come in a varierty of shapes and sizes, including short wheelbase (SWB) and long wheelbase (LWB) variants and a choice of roof heights. 

A large van offers a huge amount of practical space that is essential if you transport equipment or goods from one place to the next on a daily basis. These vans are great for large and heavy loads, hence the reason they are so popular among goods delivery companies and couriers.

The large van sector is famously the home of key van models, such as: Ford Transit, Vauxhall Movano, Peugeot Boxer, Renault Master, Citroen Relay, Fiat Ducato, Mercedes Sprinter, Nissan NV400 and  Volkswagen Crafter.




Luton Van

Need an extra room in your van?  Luton Van can could be what you need. 

Luton body style van is a commercial vehicle incorporating an enclosed box body extended over the cab to provide additional storage space. This style of van is common in medium sized commercial vans as well as larger vans used for house moving companies or simply those that transport high volumes of goods. 

A range of extras, including the most popular - a tail lift,  can be fitted to our Luton Vans to match your business requirements prior to delivery.

Luton models include:  Ford One Stop Transit, Citroen Relay, VW Crafter, Peugeot Boxer and Renault Master.





If you are still unsure which van  will meet your business needs and expectations, please contact our dedicated CVC team - we are here to help every step of the way! 


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