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IF you’re in a business that requires you to transport goods or tools on a daily basis, you can have a bit of a dilemma when it comes to picking a vehicle suitable for the job.
Choose a standard van and you will have loads of storage space, but the downside is that the vehicles aren’t that practical outside work.
On the flip side, a car is great when it comes to family life, but you will have to put up with a lot less room for carrying items – not to mention the mess if you use tools.
There is a middle ground though – a car-derived van (CDV). Here are a few top models in this range, which are great for both work and family life:
Ford Fiesta van
Take one look at the Ford Fiesta Van and you will be forgiven for initially thinking that you are actually looking at a nimble city car. This is because apart from the blocked out rear windows, the Fiesta Van has an exterior that is almost identical to its city car variant.
Step behind the wheel of the Ford Fiesta Van and the treats keep on coming. The vehicle can achieve up to 95PS of power, and it boasts a fuel economy figure as appealing as 85.6 miles per gallon.
Of course, your business needs are also catered for by the fact that you have a 1.0 cubic metre loadspace to utilise, as well as a gross payload that varies between 507 and 515 kilograms, depending on the model you opt for.
Brand-new Ford Fiesta Vans can be purchased at Ford dealerships across the country. Alternatively, you can save and still receive a fantastic set of wheels by checking out the second-hand models available as part of the used Ford vans in stock at Van Monster. Either way, you will receive a sublime vehicle for your money.
The Vauxhall Corsavan is another vehicle that you will be playing a tricky game of spot the difference with, especially when the motor is placed alongside the standard Vauxhall Corsa.
Boasting a stylish exterior that couples perfectly with a very spacious interior, the Corsavan also comes packed with features that aim to make getting from A to B a relaxing experience every time.
Then there is the fact that this CDV has a load capacity of up to 550 kilograms, which means that even hefty deliveries can be completed in this vehicle without much fuss.
Mitsubishi Outlander 4Work
We cannot complete a guide of the top CDVs on the market today without making a mention of the Mitsubishi Outlander 4Work – it was voted the Best Car Derived Van of the Year 2014 after all.
Perhaps it was the inclusion of such useful technology as Auto Stop & Go and an adjustable speed limiter that helped the vehicle secure the prestigious prize, or the fact that it can produce 147bhp while also offering a gross payload of up to 705 kilograms.