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What is the best van for courier work?

When deciding what is the best van for courier work the size of the items to be transported must be known. When choosing a van, bigger is not always better. By matching the cargo to the appropriate size courier van is the best way to keep costs and taxes down. The cost of courier insurance will be directly related to the van size and initial cost. Buying a larger van than your current needs will let you scale, but will cost you more to insure.

The economical microvan

The economical microvan would be one with a small displacement engine with a short wheelbase. This allows for great fuel economy and the ability to park in small spaces.

The Ford Fiesta van is small in stature, but a true performer. With a payload capacity of 500 kg and the ability to transport objects up to 1.3 metres in length, it is the right van for a parcel and food delivery courier. The back has rear cargo hold of 0.96 cubic metres. The 1.5 Duratorq TDCi 85 PS Diesel with 17” wheels gets a combined fuel economy of 80.4 mpg and produces 93 g/km of CO2.

The runner up in the microvan category is the Vauxhall Corsavan with the 1.3 CDTi Diesel that has fuel economy numbers of 85.6 mpg and produces 87 g/km of CO2. It has a cargo space of .92 cubic metres in the back and can handle a payload of 571 kg.

The economical small van

The Ford Transit Courier short-wheelbase model has a cargo space of 2.3 cubic metres and can handle a payload of 660 kg. The bulkhead can be adjusted so it can carry items 2.59 metres long. The cargo area can be accessed by a side door on each side of the vehicle and a rear door. The engine of choice is the 1.6-litre TDCi diesel with Stop-Start that gets 70.6 mpg and produces 105 g/km CO2. The long-wheelbase model has a cargo area of 3.6 cubic metres and handles a payload of up to 890 kg.

Runner up is the Fiat Fiorino Cargo has a cargo space of 2.8 cubic metres and can handle a payload of up to 660 kg. Items as long as 1.5 metres can fit inside. When the bulkhead is moved the maximum length of an item increases to 2.491 metres. To access the cargo area there are doors on both sides and a rear door. The 1.3 Multijet 80 Start-Stop Diesel get up to 74.3 mpg and produces 104 g/km of CO2.

These are the most suited models for the modern day courier in London and the rest of the UK. Each one has ample space for parcels, food items along or other relatively small items that can be easily carried.

Since the above models are small in size and engine displacement, covering them with insurance is also less expensive than the larger commercial delivery vans.  Remember, after purchase you will need hire and reward van insurance to cover your business operations.

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