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Category : Road Tests

Road Test: Iveco Daily

2 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Large van   LOAD VOLUME 10.8–19.6m3   GVW 3.5 –7.0 tonnes   POWER 106–205hp The home delivery boom has seen a massive increase in the number of 3.5-tonne vans on our roads, bridging the gap … Read More »

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz Vito

2 years ago / 0 comments

When Mercedes-Benz first decided to compete in the mid-weight van market with Vito, it followed the trend at the time and opted for front wheel drive. However by the second generation of Vito, it … Read More »

Road Test: Dacia Duster

2 years ago / 0 comments

Taking the back seats out of a compact SUV and blanking out the rear side windows to create a van is not rocket science, the likes of Mitsubishi, Land Rover and SsangYong have been … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Transporter

2 years ago / 0 comments

The latest Volkswagen Transporter may look very similar to its predecessor, but beneath the sharper exterior, with its hewn from solid lines and sparkly LED lights, the company has made some big changes. The … Read More »

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz Unimog

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Heavy-duty off-road   ENGINE 5.1-litre Euro 6, 230hp, 900Nm   GROSS WEIGHTS U4023 10.3t, U5023 14.5t  I’ve never heard anyone complain that their Unimog was struggling off the road. Despite that, Mercedes-Benz has gone … Read More »

First Drive: Volkswagen Tristar

3 years ago / 0 comments

Colleagues who recently attended the Geneva Motor Show will have been treated to a host of outlandish concept vehicles. Concepts at a motor show are traditionally an opportunity for designers to let their … Read More »

Road Test: Vauxhall Corsavan

3 years ago / 0 comments

While many manufacturers have moved away from direct car-derived vans in favour of high cube models that use car drivelines, Vauxhall continues to sell the compact Corsavan. The fifth generation of this compact LCV … Read More »

Road Test: Fiat Doblo Cargo

3 years ago / 0 comments

Fiat Professional’s latest Doblo Cargo line-up aims to please both fleet managers, with improved fuel consumption and market-leading carrying capacity, and drivers by offering lower in-cab noise levels and uprated infotainment systems. The vans … Read More »

Road Test: Iveco Daily

3 years ago / 0 comments

38% of 3.5-tonne vans sold in Europe have a load volume of 9-11m3, while 35% are in the 11-14m3 class. It comes as little surprise therefore, to hear that Iveco sees its new 10.8m3 … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Crafter

3 years ago / 0 comments

All large vans will have to comply with Euro 6 engine emissions regulations by the end of September 2016. However, for some time now, companies like Mercedes and Iveco have offered engines in both … Read More »

Road Test: Renault Twizy Cargo

3 years ago / 0 comments

Battling with inner-city traffic to deliver parcels, post or food services can be a difficult task. It’s often not a case of keeping pace with traffic, but being able to nip through the smallest … Read More »

Road Test: Paneltex Zeroed

3 years ago / 0 comments

Range and cost are the two stumbling blocks for electric van buyers. Less talked about is weight, or more specifically payload. Electrical components like batteries impact on the carrying capacity of an LCV. With … Read More »

Road Test: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

3 years ago / 0 comments

The four-wheel drive SUV-derived van market has always been slightly niche. Apart from Land Rover’s venerable Defender 90 and 110, it has been left to companies like Mitsubishi with the Shogun and Outlander commercials, … Read More »

Fiat Ducato

3 years ago / 0 comments

Fiat Professional’s revised Ducato van range has one major USP when compared to the Citroën Relay and Peugeot Boxer that are built alongside it. Where the French duo use a 2.2-litre diesel engine to … Read More »

Renault Trafic

3 years ago / 0 comments

With the latest version of the mid-weight Trafic van, Renault has achieved the seemingly impossible. Despite installing a smaller engine, it produces more power than the previous larger model, yet delivers lower emissions and … Read More »

Vauxhall Combo

3 years ago / 0 comments

For fleets looking at the possibility of downsizing, adopting a smaller van with lower running costs and improved fuel economy, Vauxhall’s Combo is a natural replacement for the firm’s Vivaro customers. But what if … Read More »

Peugeot Boxer

3 years ago / 0 comments

With manufacturers all adhering to the same set of regulations and standards, and with aerodynamics driving vehicle body design, you might think that all vans are pretty much the same. That is definitely not … Read More »

Road Test: Ford Transit Courier

3 years ago / 0 comments

Those with a long memory will know that this isn’t Ford’s first Courier van. Based on a Fiesta chassis cowl, the last one was literally a high-cube box mounted behind the car’s front end. … Read More »

Volkswagen Transporter BlueMotion

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Medium van   PRICE from €20,360 (approx)   FUEL 5.8–8.8l/100km   CO2 153–232g/km 65 years on and Volkswagen’s Transporter is probably, in name at least, the longest running panel van series in the world. The current … Read More »

Citroën Relay

3 years ago / 0 comments

Citroën’s new Relay has undergone a similar nip and tuck update as its Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato cousins, giving the van a sharp new look, with high-mounted headlights incorporating daytime running lights and … Read More »

Vauxhall Vivaro

3 years ago / 0 comments

If the new Trafic is important to Renault, then the latest Vivaro is a critical van for Vauxhall and parent company GM. It is also a vitally important LCV for the Vauxhall plant in … Read More »

Renault Trafic

3 years ago / 0 comments

Renault’s updated Trafic range aims to build upon the success of its distinctive predecessor, by offering improved fuel consumption, lower emissions, increased carrying capacity and a more refined cab/office environment for drivers. The unusual … Read More »

Iveco Daily

3 years ago / 0 comments

Iveco’s third-generation Daily van promises reduced fuel consumption, increased carrying capacities, improved handling and a cut in the total cost of ownership. More than 2.6 million Daily models have been sold worldwide and the … Read More »

Fiat Ducato

3 years ago / 0 comments

If the new Ducato from Fiat Professional looks somewhat familiar, there are a couple of good reasons. The first is that despite a facelift involving new lights, with an LED option and integrated daytime … Read More »

Peugeot Boxer

3 years ago / 0 comments

Peugeot has unveiled a revised Boxer van range, promising lower fuel consumption and emissions, improved specifications including standard ESP and a more durable body structure with more robust wear components. Boxer represents around 25% … Read More »

Volkswagen e-Caddy

3 years ago / 0 comments

Given its share of the car and van markets, through its many brand names, Volkswagen has been relatively slow to join the electric revolution. Indeed, though currently launching e-Golf and e-up! cars, the company hasn’t … Read More »

Fuso Canter

4 years ago / 0 comments

Setting out your stall to sell vans or light trucks on the other side of the world certainly gets a boost if you build locally. Daimler’s Fuso brand retails mainly through Mercedes commercial dealers … Read More »

Renault Kangoo Z.E.

4 years ago / 0 comments

It’s fair to say that take-up of electric vans in the UK has been somewhat slow, glacial even. Initial cost, range anxiety, reduced payload concerns and residual value insomnia all conspire to push fleets … Read More »

Ford Transit

4 years ago / 0 comments

With both Transit Custom and now Transit Connect picking up International Van of the Year gongs, the pressure for Ford’s big Transit to succeed has never been stronger. Add in 48 years of UK … Read More »

Ford Transit Connect

4 years ago / 0 comments

Despite the fact that Ford sold more than 170,000 of the previous-shape Transit Connect since its launch in 2002, there was no denying that the compact carrier was starting to show its age. Strong … Read More »