Understated and sleek, the Kangoo is the perfect delivery vehicle and it’s one of Europe’s best-selling vans for a reason! There’s bags of space on board (especially if you opt for the longer Maxi chassis which has a 800kg payload) and mod cons in abundance, including an on-board trip computer, cruise control speed monitor, rear parking sensor, rain and light sensors, USB and Bluetooth radio and climate control. Plus, there are plenty of work-horse accessories to choose from, like rear window protection grilles, ply lining and roof bars. The Kangoo drives like a car but works like a dog and it’s economical too, thanks to its efficient 1.5 litre diesel or petrol engine.
Modern in both its looks and its technology, the Kangoo ZE is an electric van that brings environmental benefits as well as low energy costs (no fuel bills!) and a quiet drive. With a range of 106 miles, the electric Kangoo can happily handle the average 62 miles per day covered by 70 per cent of van drivers and, thanks to a 59bhp electric motor and 226Nm of torque, it has just as much power as its conventionally powered siblings. The Kangoo ZE delivers an impressive throttle response and can haul large loads just as well as any other van of its size. Prices start at £22,000.
Winner of the What Van? Medium Van of the Year award in both 2015 and 2016, the Trafic is a mid-size panel van with a large and cleverly designed load area. It includes a load-through bulkhead which runs the length of the van and continues under the passenger seats (bringing a 4.15 metre span), as well as an overhead interior rack (to free up more floor space) and up to 18 anchor rings to secure the van’s load. The cab is packed with innovative features to create an ‘on the go work space’ and driver safety aids include features like hill-start assist, a trailer-sway correction facility and a reversing camera. A competitive price and economical engines make the Trafic a sensible business choice. A range of capable 1.6 litre engines are available and prices start at £19,825.
There’s masses of choice in the Renault Master large panel van range, including: different body styles; front, rear and four wheel drive options; three trim levels; and a selection of 2.3 litre engines. Whether you want a vehicle to transport materials or people (there’s a six or nine passenger option), the Master delivers on space (it boasts a 2,254kg payload) and has a well-thought out cab to match. It’s both comfortable and practical, with hands-free access, automatic climate control, an advanced multimedia system and excellent facilities for anyone in need of a mobile office. As with all Renault vans, safety features are top-notch and there’s a wide view mirror and differential locking, as well as electronic stability programming. It’s available from just £21,420.