Are you looking to purchase or lease a new van in 2017? To make your life easier, we've put together a list of the best medium panel vans to get in 2017.
Mid-sized vans tend to suit most trades people due to their great carrying capabilities, that are not too far behind those of big panel vans. Medium panel vans are quite comfortable as they offer a car-like driving experience, which makes long journeys smoother. Without compromising too much on storage capacity, the smaller size version of these vans also makes urban driving and parking easier.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at 5 mid-sized vans that are coming out this year.
2017 Ford Transit Custom
The mid-sized Ford Transit Custom is one of the most popular vans on our UK roads. With many features taken from the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus hatchbacks, it truly feels like driving a normal car, hence why it’s often referred to as the ‘driver’s van’. So if the driving experience is important to you, then the Transit Custom could prove to be a great choice.
The 2017 Ford Transit Custom is available in two wheelbases: originally with a single roof height and a high roof (which was added shortly after the initial launch in 2012). All models are front wheel drive.
There is a downside though - the interior is a bit dated in comparison to other available vans in this category.
- Price (January 2017): from £21,954
- Power: 104 hp -168 hp
- Fuel Economy: 44.1 mpg - 47.1 mpg (combined)
- Gross Vehicle Weight: 2,500 kg - 3,325 kg
- Payload: 683 kg - 1,484 kg
- Loading height (approx, unladen): 533 mm - 589 mm
2017 Volkswagen Transporter
The Volkswagen Transporter T6 is the main competitor for the Ford Transit Custom. The T6’s shape and design hasn’t changed very much, it looks very similar to its predecessor. With two million vans sold globally , the T5 was a major success so VW’s decision to keep the same styling is understandable.
The 2017 VW Transporter T6 has a variety of engines to choose from, ranging from 84 hp to the top of the range 204 hp bi-turbo engine, which does 0 to 60 mph in only 8.6 secs (with a manual gearbox).
The Transporter offers a comfortable driving experience which makes motorway travelling easy, it’s well built and offers great fuel efficiency. This is definitely a van you’ll want to see before you make a decision. On the downside, it’s nearly 2 grand more expensive than the Ford Transit Custom.
- Price (January 2017): from £23,679
- Power: 84 hp - 204 hp
- Fuel economy: 37.7 mpg - 48.7 mpg (combined)
- Gross vehicle weight: 2,600 kg - 3,000 kg
- Gross payload : 802 kg - 1,202 kg
- Loading height (approx, unladen) : 1,410 mm - 1,626 mm
2017 Toyota Proace
Toyota is not a massive player in the commercial van game. Despite all that, the second generation of Toyota Proace has proven to be a reliable and economical van, with great maneuverability and safety features.
The Toyota Proace is the winner of the WhatVan LCV and Medium Van Of The Year Awards 2017, mainly due to its practicality and fuel efficiency. It’s available in three lengths - Compact, Medium and Long - given you great choice to suit your needs!
The Toyota Proace is built by PSA Peugeot-Citroen at its Sevelnord plant near Lille in northern France. The Proace is essentially the same van as the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert. This has benefited Toyota as the second generation of Proace has seen a major step up in terms of fuel economy, practicality and quality.
There are, however, a few negatives. Despite being responsive enough, the steering offers no feedback, which means it’s more difficult to accurately place the Proace in corners. Furthermore, the carrying capacity is not as good as its competitors and the engine range is limited.
All in all, the 2017 Toyota Proace is a great van that’s worth taking into consideration, especially if fuel economy is critical to you.
2017 Mercedes Vito
The Mercedes Vito panel van is known for its build quality, ride comfort and reliability. It is very economical and offers badge prestige which is unique in this segment. The interior is great, well built, with solid and quality materials. Long trips are easy as the seats are very comfortable.
Having said that, the Mercedes Vito does lag behind some of its rivals when it comes to carrying capacity and driving experience (lack of steering feedback).
- Price (January 2017): from £22,682
- Power: 88 hp - 190 hp
- Fuel economy: 49.6mpg (combined)
- Gross vehicle weight: 2,770 kg
- Gross payload : 897 kg - 952 kg
- Loading height (approx, unladen) : 1,353 mm - 1,760 mm
Overall, there are some great new vans to look out for in 2017, all with their own unique benefits and accommodating all our own requirements.
Which new van are you looking forward to this year?