Business Van of the Year
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Business Van of the YearTHIS is the fourth year we’ve run our Business Van of the Year Awards to find the best vans and finance packages on the market.

And all of a sudden we’ve got lots and lots of great new vans. And some fantastic market offers to buy and to lease vans.

But what vans should the many builders, plumbers, electricians, and small van fleet operators go for? Which van maker provides the best finance and service package to meet their needs? Our Business Van of the Year Awards 2017 will sort out the answers.

Here’s the shortlist from the vans and the manufacturer finance and service schemes that have been entered:

Best Small Trades Van

Electricians, painters, and decorators need a compact van that’s manoeuvrable in a tight corner but tardis-like inside as well as good on costs.

Open to vans below 2.5 tonnes.

  • Volkswagen Caddy 2.0 TDI Highline C20 SWB BMT 102PS
  • Vauxhall Combo 1.3 CDTi 2300 L1H1 95PS Start/Stop ecoFLEX Euro 6

Last year’s winner was Ford Transit Custom 2.2 TDCi Trend

Business Van of the Year
Ford Transit Custom 2.2 TDCi Trend

Best Large Trades Van

The iconic van of the trades. It needs to be spacious and reliable, comfortable to drive yet tough, tough, tough to do the job day in day out for those in professional trades, from plumbers and builders to painters and decorators.

Open to 2.5-3.0 tonne vans.

  • Vauxhall Vivaro Panel 2700 1.6CDTi BiTurbo 125PS L1H1 Sportive Start/Stop ecoFLEX Euro 6
  • Volkswagen Transporter Panel T6 2.0TDI T28 Highline SWB BMT MR 102PS
  • Volkswagen Transporter Panel T6 2.0TDI T28 Highline LWB BMT 102PS
  • Citroen Dispatch M New 1.6 BlueHDi 95 1000 Enterprise

Last year’s winner was Vauxhall Vivaro 2700 Panel Van

Business Van of the Year
Vauxhall Vivaro 2700 Panel Van

Best Heavy Van

When you have to deliver big, then you need a heavyweight.

Qualifying vans will be in the 3.0-3.5 tonne range.

  • Vauxhall Movano Panel 3500 2.3CDTI BiTurbo 145PS S/S BlueInjection L2H2 FWD Euro 6
  • Citroen Relay Dropside 2.0 BlueHDi 35 L3 Enterprise 130hp

Last year’s winner was Vauxhall Movano 3500 Panel Van

Business Van of the Year
Vauxhall Movano 3500 Panel Van

Best Green Van

Environmentally focused small businesses want a van that reflects their green concerns. But is your van green enough to win?

Open to all vans up to 3.5 tonnes that reduce their environmental presence on the road whether through technology (electric, hydrogen, gas, etc), or through efficiency enhancements.

  • Renault Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E LL 21 i-Maxi Z.E 44kW Auto
  • Vauxhall Vivaro Panel 2900 1.6CDTi BiTurbo 125PS L1H1 Sportive Start/Stop ecoFLEX Euro 6
  • Citroen Dispatch M New 1.6 BlueHDi 95 1000 Enterprise

Last year’s winner was Vauxhall Vivaro 2700 Panel Van

Business Van of the Year
Vauxhall Vivaro 2700 Panel Van

Best Crew Van

Vans that come with extras. That’s extra seats for five or more plus a load area behind the bulkhead. A growing sector that cuts down operating costs for SME van fleets. Which is the best?

Open to all crew/combi/cab-in-van style vans up to 3.5 tonnes.

  • Vauxhall Vivaro Doublecab 2900 1.6CDTi BiTurbo 125PS L2H1 Sportive Start/Stop ecoFLEX Euro 6
  • Volkswagen Transporter Kombi T6 2.0TDI T30 Highline SWB BMT 102PS

Last year’s winner was Volkswagen Transporter Kombi 2.0 Startline

Business Van of the Year
Volkswagen Transporter Kombi 2.0 Startline

Best finance & service package

What’s the best one stop shop for trades wanting an all-in finance and service package?

Open to manufacturer finance and service packages delivered through dealers.

  • Free2Move Lease (formerly Citroen Contract Motoring)
  • Vauxhall
  • Volkswagen

Last year’s winner was Volkswagen

Business Van of the Year
Volkswagen service and finance

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