The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and The Van Insurer (insurance price comparison company) have revealed the most popular vans for 2019. They also confirmed that the number of registered vans was up by 2.4% over the year making it the most successful year for van registrations since recording began. The Van Insurer processed 7% more van insurance quotes than in 2018.
Marketing Manager at The Van Insurer, said: “The latest registration statistics reinforce the positive outlook we’ve gleaned from our own data (...) We’ve enjoyed a bumper year for insurance quotes, which shows huge market appetite"
Most popular vans of 2019
1. FORD TRANSIT
The Ford Transit van has been a household name since it arrived on the UK roads 50 years ago. Its features make the Ford Transit an appealing model for business users all over the country. The customising options, reliability and practicality of the vehicle make it the most popular across the UK. A significantly updated version made its UK debut at the 2019 CV Show bringing improved payload ratings and a nicer cab interior, among other innovations making a great van even better.
2. VAUXHALL VIVARO
Despite Vauxhall become part of the French PSA Group, the new Vivaro is still proudly built in Britain to a very high standard. Cousin to the Citroen Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace, this latest version is a little down on overall load volume but can carry vast amounts of payload. It certainly seems to be appealing to its buying public.
3. FORD TRANSIT CONNECT
The Ford Transit Connect dates back to 2002 when it was launched as a replacement for the Escort van, but the city van has come a long way since then. Now regarded as one of the best small vans in the segment, the Transit Connect is more efficient, safer and better suited for all manner of uses than ever before. It suits buyers from small to compact sectors of the LCV market - and does so thanks to the choice of both short and long wheelbase body styles and a versatile load bay. The revised version gets a smarter look, a classier cabin and a more efficient 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine.
4. Mercedes Benz Sprinter
Since its market launch in 1995, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has given its name to an entire vehicle class thanks to its outstanding qualities and continues to set incredible standards. It remains the large van all others should be measured against, especially given the cutting-edge technology that's now included on-board. A new front-wheel drive variant boosts its appeal further still but we now know it's not set to meet the latest emissions standards until June 2020.
5. Ford Transit Custom
The Ford Transit Custom has only been around since 2012, but from the moment it was launched it's been a runaway success. As well as its name recognition and stylish looks – which have been updated with a trapezoid-shaped grille on this latest model – the outstanding breadth of the range is perhaps why it attracts so many customers. You can get short or long body versions, as well as a standard or high roof, making the Transit Custom almost as flexible as the larger Transit.
6. Volkswagen Transporter
The Transporter panel van offers outstanding functionality and versatility with a super-practical cabin and is one of the widest model ranges on the market. The Volkswagen Transporter is now in its sixth generation, T6. The VW Transporter T6 hit the UK market in September 2015, with a major facelift in late 2019 to freshen the range known as the T6.1 featuring a redesigned front end, high-quality interior and generously sized load space.
7. Citroen Berlingo
The Citroen Berlingo is one of the biggest-selling small van models in Europe, and this third-generation model arrives with a number of high-tech innovations and greater practicality than ever. As with the closely related Partner and Combo, the Berlingo is the currently the most modern small van on sale in the UK, and this brings benefits in the form of smooth, efficient engines, lots of technology options and very high payloads, with some versions capable of carrying over a tonne (1,000kg). This combination makes for a very attractive small van package.
8. VAUXHALL COMBO
With its switch to PSA Group running gear, the Vauxhall Combo van is now a front-runner in the small van class. There are generous cargo weights in the back, easy access and plenty of useful load carrying options. On top of that, the cab is a comfortable place to spend time, and there's a raft of great safety kit available to make working life easier. On the road, the diesel engines deliver enough pulling power to keep pace with traffic, while the car-derived running gear means it feels good to drive, too. The Combo should definitely be on any small van buyer's shortlist.
9. Renault Trafic
The Renault Trafic is a light commercial van produced by the French automaker Renault since 1980. The current Trafic van first went on sale in 2014, but the introduction of new emissions-compliant diesels to the line-up in 2019 saw Renault also update the van's looks and technology. It's one of the most spacious mid-sized vans on the market. True, it doesn’t enjoy quite the same reputation in the UK, where the Ford Transit Custom and Volkswagen Transporter regularly outrank the Trafic in the sales charts, but it’s still been a big sales success.
10. Volkswagen Caddy
The Volkswagen Caddy is something of a phenomenon in the van world, and like its bigger brother – the Volkswagen Transporter– it’s also a bit of an icon with that trendy VW image. Small vans don’t draw much plaudits, but the Caddy is now in its third generation and is improving with age. The current version was introduced in 2015 bringing with it new safety and technology improvements. It also offers substantially improved fuel economy compared with the previous model, leaving little to fault overall.