There are two manufacturers that offer stylish, practical and, of course, green vans. Here’s a look at each brand and their fuel-efficient vehicles in detail:
Italian manufacturer Fiat has two particularly eye-catching eco-friendly vans available in its range.
Those who will be using their chosen set of wheels for journeys around busy city centre streets should take a look at the Fiat Doblo.
With up to one tonne of storage space, there won’t be many instances when you struggle to fit your load into this practical van. A state-of-the-art bi-link rear suspension system ensures you can get your delivery to its target destination in comfort.
It’s the Doblo’s fuel economy figures that are the stand-out feature of this van though. Opt for a 1.3 MultiJet II 90HP engine with Start&Stop technology and you can achieve an estimated 58.9mpg on a combined cycle.
Need something a bit bulkier? Focus your attention towards the Fiat Ducato. Hailed by Auto Express as being “up with the best” when it comes to user-friendliness, this van has also been praised for offering a comfortable drive and presenting a huge 17.0 cubic metres of load space.
However, Auto Express believes that the Ducato’s fuel economy rating is “a real feather in its cap”. With a return of 45.6mpg achievable if you opt for one of these vans with a 2.3-litre engine assisted by Start&Stop technology, it’s hard to disagree.
Just like its Italian rival, Ford is another manufacturer with two impressive vans currently on the market that tick all the right boxes when it comes to keeping fuel costs down.
Upon first glimpse at the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Van, you will be forgiven for assuming you are looking at a car instead of a commercial vehicle. However, you get the best of both worlds with this set of wheels.
This is because the Fiesta Van ECOnetic retains the eye-catching exterior design and performance credentials that helped the new Ford Fiesta car win Best Supermini at the 2013 What Car? Awards. However, the van also boasts 1.0 cubic metres of load space within its cabin — more than enough if you have to make deliveries around a city.
You shouldn’t need to seek out many detours to fuel stations during deliveries either, as a Fiesta ECOnetic Van with a 1.6 TDCi engine has been touted to achieve a phenomenal 85.6mpg.
We cannot mention Ford and its van range without paying attention to arguably the most recognisable type of van in the world, the Transit.
Our focus when it comes to fuel-efficient vans falls upon the Ford Transit Courier, as this compact commercial vehicle officially delivers 72mpg across a combined cycle.
The van’s 2.3 cubic metre load volume, stylish LED lighting options and practical sliding side doors only help make the Transit Courier stand out even further from the bustling small van crowd.
All of the vehicles covered in this feature can be purchased as new from the manufacturer’s dealerships. However, drivers on a budget could also find a great deal on any of these vans by checking out the selection available at a used vehicle specialist like Van Monster.