Vauxhall Movano Review (2020)

Vauxhall Movano Review (2020)

02 October 2020 | Kate Kozlowska | 14 min read

Vauxhall Movano Review 2020

Our Vauxhall Movano review considers the pros and cons of the latest Movano van. The Movano sits pretty much in the middle of the large van sector when it comes to pros, but, in all fairness, Vauxhall Movano is still much better than others for a good price. The Movano van offers huge payloads and a set of recently upgraded Euro-6 compliant engines and is a great large van to lease overall.

Vauxhall Movano van review cabin and interior

The 2019 facelift significantly improved the cabin of the Movano van. The old dashboard was functional and seemed build to last but it has become pretty outdated with its layout and cheap-feeling plastics if you compared it with the rivals. The all-new Movano has had its cabin design completely renovated with the materials that have a great quality feel and more soft-touch elements. The new design gives the impression that Vauxhall has well thought it out - there is a safe slot for a mobile phone below the central dash which stops the cable from dangling across the cabin, added storage on top of the dash, and some handy features like split door bins and a wide-angle mirror in the passenger sun visor intended to help with blind spots. 

The steering wheel still adjusts only in height, which is a bit disappointing but luckily the seats are highly adjustable and offer good lumbar support which can help with the driving position. There is also an option for an air-cushioned driver's seat.  

The business operatives can quickly transform the cabin into a mobile office as the folding center seat doubles as a table and the swivel tray makes a perfect stand for the laptop. 

New to the Movano is the optional Navi 50 IntelliLink Pro Infotainment System with integrated navigation and also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which stream your phone onto a 7" touchscreen built-in into the dashboard. If you pay a bit extra you will get a rear-view camera, which is extremely useful especially in large vans where the visibility is limited to the door mirrors. Movano's camera has a decent screen resolution and is pretty easy to use.

Overall, the cabin of the Vauxhall Movano is not as smart as the cabins of the smaller vans from the PSA Group and not as good as the sector-leading Mercedes Sprinter and VW Crafter cabins, however, for the price you pay, it is still a decent interior and gets the job done.









Vauxhall Movano equipment review

Vauxhall has kept it relatively simple and instead of different trims, there is just one model. When you lease the Movano van you can simply add the kit that you find fit useful in order to build a perfect van for your business. Some might find it frustrating but, to be fair, it does make sense as firstly it helps to keep the basic price down, and secondly - you don't end up paying for the features that you won't be using. 

Vauxhall Movano 2020 standard equipment:
  • Height-adjustable driver's seat with single armrest
  • Blind-spot mirror in the passenger sun visor
  • Wide-angle door mirror on the driver’s side
  • USB and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Steering column-mounted audio controls
  • Driver's airbag
  • Hill-start assist
  • Crosswind assist
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Remote locking
  • Immobiliser
  • ECO gearshift indicator
  • Full bulkhead
  • Sliding side door on the passenger side
  • Illuminated load area (loading bay and a nearside sliding door)

As you can see, the standard equipment is decent for the price. The rear-view camera is one of the options we highly recommend considering as well as the convenience pack. This is something we often highlight to our customers who need to use the Vauxhall Movano van as a mobile office as it lets you fold the middle seat and turn it into a table. Please bear in mind that the air conditioning is also optional, which is a bit disappointing but then there are drivers who can live without it, and those who can't stand the heat have the option to add it to their deal without too much hassle. 

Vauxhall Movano safety 

There is not much standard safety kit but it's still pretty decent for the basic price. There is a Side-Wind Assistant that keeps the van stable in crosswinds and an Electronic Stability Programme, which prevents the van from losing its traction in difficult road conditions by applying different braking force on each wheel. There is also a standard driver's airbag, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic lights (see above for all standard features). 
When you request a Movano lase quote from us please remember to ask for an extra pack if you want the lane departure warning, high-beam assist, and blind-spot warning. It is a bit pricey but if it's within your budget, we do recommend it for that extra safety. 

Vauxhall Movano cargo area review

The Movano has a wide selection of sizes and is available in four lengths and three heights that come in different combinations. You can also choose between front-wheel drive (FWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD) vans.

The FWD Movano models offer a bit lower loading capacity but a better economy instead, while the RWD Movanos provide more payload.

Most Movano vans can transport loads of around 1,400kg but bear in mind that the lighter rated models will only move around 900kg. If you want to carry even more then the Movano 4500 L3H2 model should meet your expectations with a load capacity of 2,148kg, however, you won't be able to drive it on a standard licence. 

The maximum load size varies between 2.6m and nearly 4.4m in length and between 1.7m and 2.2m in height depending on the model.

You get one sliding side door as standard, while the rear door opens at 180-degrees. An extra sliding door and a wider opening rear door are both available as an option if you need it.


Vauxhall Movano review: engines and performance

When the Movano was first launched in 2010, Vauxhall fitted it with 2.3-litre engines with 100-146hp and since then the power and performance of the Movano's engines have been continuously improving, however, it's the 2019 upgrade that brought the bigger changes. 

The engine updates were uninventable because of the Euro6 emissions standards regulations but they did bring small power boosts as well. Vauxhall hosted new parts to improve the Movano's efficiency and increased its power for a further 5-10hp with increases in torque between 20Nm and 40Nmso as well. The Vauxhall Movano now runs from 135hp to 180hp on front-wheel drive and from 130hp to 165hp on rear-wheel-drive models.  

To us, the most convincing Vauxhall Movano van option is the 150hp in FWD guise or 145 HP in the RWD option.  We advise our commercial vehicle leasing customers who need to carry heavier payloads, that the lower-powered van might be struggling with that and even more if they will be driving on the hills.  The mid-range models, however, have everything in terms of pulling power and should be able to carry all tasks with no issues whatsoever.

Vauxhall Movano running costs

The 2019 update has brought the fuel economy up by approx. 17% and despite the revised Movano is a bit more expensive than the previous version, it should pay off over 4 years and 80,000 miles with the improved running costs - according to Vauxhall.

Large vans provide an average 30-40 mpg and the Vauxhall Movano is right within this trend so you won't miss out if choose the Vauxhall Movano lease over another large van deal. Vehicle service every 25,000 miles or two years should also keep the costs under control - remember that the vehicle service is included if you choose the Vauxhall Movano maintained agreement.

Vauxhall Movano ride and handling

The Movano van offers outstanding visibility thanks to its huge door mirrors, an extra blind-spot mirror, and also the high seating position. With the additional rear-view camera, the Movano is great to drive in town even though it's large.

The Movano vans don't offer as comfortable and relaxing drive as the sector top-shelf vans such as Volkswagen Crafter or Mercedes Sprinter, which set the bar pretty high, but it's much cheaper and still more refined and quieter than some of its rivals.  Its modern engines are less noisy and the six-speed manual gearbox is as easy to use as the one you'll find in the passenger cars.

The rear-view camera mentioned above is one of the new features that we liked the most and it also acts as a rear-view mirror installed permanently where you would normally have the mirror. Even though it doesn't feel like a complete mirror replacement due to the resolution not being high enough and it can lag sometimes, it's still great for getting a good view on what's happening on the road behind you. You might be surprised to learn that if you opt for a reversing camera, the view streams on the touchscreen and not the top one - not a big deal but worth mentioning.


Vauxhall Movano reliability

The Movano engines have a reputation of being impressively reliable and the Vauxhall has made sure it will not change after the recent update. It's been on the market for 10 years and it’s impressive that there have been very few official recalls.

Vauxhall gives only 3 years warranty but it covers 100,000 miles, while some rivals such as the Ford Transit only offer 60,000 miles. 


  • recently facelifted           
  • great choice of body styles and sizes       
  • upgraded interior
  • high payloads capacity good standard equipment         
  • modern and strong engines
  • good safety
  • reliable
  • some rivals better and more comfortable to drive
  • not much standard safety kit
  • average fuel efficiency
  • steering wheel not adjustable in height

Vauxhall Movano pros & cons - our verdict

Look at the above and you will see that there are more pros than cons for the Vauxhall Movano van. Movano's biggest struggle is the competition in the sector however we are pretty confident that the latest update has brought it up to an excellent standard and overall we think it's a decent van that is unlikely to let you down. If your budget allows, you can of course lease a top-shelf van but if you want to keep your costs down without too much compromise on the quality, then the Movano should prove a safe bet with its huge practicality and the safety it offers.

Leasing Vauxhall Movano from Commercial Vehicle Contracts

The Movano is available from CVC with a variety of finance options including business van contract hire and van finance lease, and if you want to own a vehicle at the end of the contract we also offer van hire purchase deals.  Our dedicated team is here to help you all the way so you can drive away in your new van with confidence. 

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