What size van do I need? What van should I buy?

What size van do I need? What van should I buy?

What size van do I need? What van should I buy?
26 February 2020

Updated: 22/06/2021

What commercial van is the right size for your business needs?

If your business vehicle isn't the right size, you could be losing time and money. Why pay the wrong price to lease a van that's too big or small? Please take a minute to view our van size guide to make sure you choose the right vehicle.

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

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

Need more info on van types? Check out the below.

What is a Micro Van?

Microvan is quite literally a car with the rear side windows blanked off and the back seats replaced by a flat load area that's separated from the front seats by a bulkhead. This means, of course, that a micro-van not only looks like a car but also essentially drives like one. Its small load area and limited practicality is undoubtedly something to take into consideration. However, it's more practical than a regular car of this size. It is still a safer, more practical way to carry goods or equipment than an ordinary small car with folded rear seats.

Suppose your business only requires modest carrying capacity but still want the advantages of a dedicated commercial vehicle. If that is the case, the microvan might be the right choice. Microvans usually include fixed-rate taxation and a functional load area, plus the added safety of a bulkhead.

Fiesta Van is one of the popular microvan choices.

Ford Fiesta Micro Van - available at Commercial Vehicle Contracts

Microvan lease deals

What is a 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. Small vans are also perfect for nipping between jobs and are easier to park in busy town centres.

There are excellent choices from some big brands, including the Volkswagen CaddyCitroen BerlingoFord Transit ConnectPeugeot Partner, Ford Transit CourierMercedes Citan,  Nissan NV250Vauxhall Combo and Renault Kangoo, including the 100% electric model - Renault Kangoo Z.E. – perfect for the new Ultra Low Emissions Zones in London and Bath.

Peugeot Partner small van - available at Commercial Vehicle Contracts

Small van leasing deals

What is a Pickup Truck lease?

Traditionally, pickups were workhorses favoured for their ability to carry and tow heavy loads. However, modern pickups are much more versatile and are increasingly popular with families. With the connection of work and play, pickups meet the needs of those who require a practical solution of a rugged vehicle to load and unload cargo quickly whilst tackling various terrain.

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. Users can reduce their Benefit-in-Kind tax by choosing a pickup over an SUV or 4x4. Just note that to qualify, your pickup will need to be classed as an LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) or be a double-cab pickup with a payload of at least one tonne.

Our range of pickup leasing includes Ford RangerNissan Navara leaseMitsubishi L200Toyota Hilux contract hireMercedes X-ClassVolkswagen Amarok and Isuzu D-Max leasing deals.

Nissan Navara Pickup van - available at Commercial Vehicle Contracts

Pickup leasing offers

What is a Medium Van?

Perfect for getting the job done, medium vans are spacious, comfortable and highly reliable. Medium vans come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention trim levels of varying degrees of luxury comfort.

Medium vans are the primary choice for trades of all types as they 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 CustomCitroen DispatchVauxhall VivaroRenault TraficPeugeot ExpertVolkswagen TransporterMercedes Vito and Toyota ProAce on contract hire.

Vauxhall Vivaro medium van - available at Commercial Vehicle Contracts

Medium van leasing deals

What is a Minibus /  Crew Cab van?

The best way to transport crew or passengers is to use a converted small, medium or large van. These models are 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. Small, medium, pickup or large vans can all be converted to fit additional seats. We see many customers opt for a Minibus or Crew Van contract hire version of their favoured commercial van. 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. These extra seats eat into the van's load area, but most crew vans' load areas are still big enough to be practical for multi-purpose use.

What do you do if you regularly carry a team of workers around with all their equipment? Or you need the practicality of a van but want it to double up as a family vehicle at the weekend? Crew Van leasing might be the best choice for your needs.  

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

Ford Transit Minibus - available at Commercial Vehicle Contracts

  Citroen Berlingo Crew Van - available at Commercial Vehicle Contracts

Minibus/crew cab lease offers

What is a Dropside / Tipper van?

A tipper/dropside van helps carry loose items such as soil, sand, cement, branches, logs, stone, scrap etc. It is easier to move these items onto a dropside tipper van and remove them again using a tipping functionality if added to the vehicle lease. They also make the transport of large, awkward loads easy with their spacious load capacity.

Tipper leasing is very popular with the scaffolding, logistics and construction industries. Dropside/tipper van leasing is available in a single cab or crew cab, meaning that you can carry up to six passengers.

Popular tippers/dropsides are Peugeot BoxerCitroen RelayRenault MasterFord TransitFiat DucatoMercedes SprinterNissan NV400 and Volkswagen Crafter.                   

Citroen Relay Dropside Tipper van - available at Commercial Vehicle Contracts

Dropside Tipper lease deals

What is a Large Van?

Large vans are built with load capacity, performance and reliability in mind. Large van leasing offers come in various shapes and sizes, including short wheelbase (SWB) and long-wheelbase (LWB) variants. In addition, choices of roof heights are available with Commercial Vehicle Contracts on suitable leasing agreements.

A large van offers a considerable amount of functional space, which is essential if you transport equipment or goods from one place to the next daily. Therefore, these vans are popular among goods delivery companies and couriers.

The large van sector is famously the home of iconic van models, such as Ford TransitVauxhall MovanoPeugeot BoxerRenault MasterCitroen RelayFiat DucatoMercedes SprinterNissan NV400 and  Volkswagen Crafter.

Mercedes Sprinter large van - available at Commercial Vehicle Contracts

Large van lease options

What is a Luton Van?

What is the best commercial van lease for someone who needs optimal cargo space? A Luton Van could be the answer to your leasing question.

Luton body style van is a commercial vehicle incorporating an enclosed box body extended over the cab to provide additional storage space. This van style is typical in medium-sized commercial vans and larger vans used for house moving companies or those transporting high volumes of goods. 

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

Luton models to lease include Ford One Stop TransitCitroen RelayVW CrafterPeugeot Boxer and Renault Master.

Renault Master Luton van - available at Commercial Vehicle Contracts

Luton van leasing deals

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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