If you are looking to replace your van this year, it’s worth knowing the ins and outs of some of the best light commercial vehicles – or LCVs – launched so far this year. In this article, we take a look at six star buys :
Ford Transit Custom
With more than 51,000 sold last year, the Ford Transit Custom ticks all those transport boxes including excellent payload capacity and a sturdy engine. 2018 has also seen the introduction of a new plug-in hybrid model and design developments including a 3-bar grille, in-car entertainment system, Ford Sync 3, fitted as standard and improvements made to the sliding door mechanism, ensuring doors are securely held open when loading. A firm favourite with van lovers including those who use Speedliner to take care of their pride and joy.
2018 has been another good year for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter thanks to its fabulous quality, unrivalled reputation and excellent reliability. It also boasts improved engine options, both four cyclinder and V6 diesel. For tech lovers, there is a built-in communications module for fleet managers to use with Mercedes Pro desktop software. This software is also available with the eSprinter electric version for monitoring energy and managing the charge element (fully charged in just one hour).
Ford Transit Connect
Offering excellent value for money, the Ford Transit Connect handles well and has a spacious inviting cab for any driver. Accessories for everyday wear and tear are widely available, for example, http://www.vehicle-accessories.net/Interior/Van-Linings/Waterproof-Van-Linings/Speedliner. The Connect has been improved this year and now includes enhanced 3-bar grille, smaller headlights and a lower spoiler and bumper. With a Fiesta-style interior, the manufacturer has also introduced improved engine options that save fuel when not fully loaded, as well as improved fuel injection, turbocharging, emissions control and friction reduction.
A super popular van, the Peugeot Partner continues to sell well and 2018 has seen new interior styling design, reflective of its well-liked Peugeot 3008 Crossover. It also boasts a car-like driving experience and, importantly, in an age of environmental awareness, an electric version is also available to purchase.
So 2018 has seen some fabulous updates in the commercial vehicle world for an excellent driving experience along with some great fuel efficient eco models.