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Best vans for fuel economy

Best vans for fuel economy

The mileage you get for a full tank is an important consideration for anyone looking for their next used van. For business customers in particular, fuel economy can have a big impact on overheads, so the costs of running a van, or even a fleet of commercial vans, have to stack up. 

Larger vans are naturally more expensive to run than smaller ones, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any large vans that are good on fuel economy. Vans up to 3.5 tonnes are the largest you can drive using an ordinary car driving licence, and they also make up the biggest percentage of van type in the UK, so manufacturers know they need to produce large vans capable of holding their own on fuel costs.

It's important to understand the fuel economy of a used van before you choose to buy it, so you can know what to expect when it comes to the cost of day-to-day running - especially if it's a used van for business purposes.

To help you choose a used van that's right for you, we've put together five of the best vans for fuel economy in the UK. 

What is mpg?

Mpg stands for miles per gallon and will essentially tell you approximately how far your vehicle will run based on a single UK gallon. The mpg of a vehicle will vary depending on a number of factors such as the engine size and overall weight of the vehicle, including whatever is loaded inside

To find out the mpg of a van when browsing used vans on Vanbase, simply look under the 'Running' tab on the used van description. 

Five vans good for fuel economy

Peugeot Boxer - Combined 45.6mpg

The Peugeot Boxer claims a combined 45.6 mpg. This is the 350-long wheelbase with a 2.0 BlueHDi engine, offering a 131hp. 

Citroen Relay - Combined 38.2mpg

The Citroen Relay is closely related to the Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato, but comes in third place regarding mpg. Providing 130hp with a 2.2 BlueHDI engine, it claims a combined 38.2mpg. 

Vauxhall Movano - Combined 35.3mpg

The Vauxhall Movano claims a combined 35.3mpg. This is the 350-long wheelbase with a 2.3 CDTI engine, offering 110hp. 

Ford Transit - Combined 39.8mpg

The Ford Transit is the UK's best-selling large van as it provides a great all-round performance. With the 2.0 TDCi, offering 130hp, it claims a combined 39.8 mpg. 

Of course, plug-in hybrid technology (vans that run on both electric and fuel) is another way to achieve fuel economy. Ford is leading the way when it comes to introducing pioneering electric van solutions to the road.

The Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid is currently participating in a 12-month fleet customer trial in London, in order to demonstrate how electric vans can reduce air pollution and enhance productivity in busy cities.

Featuring an advanced hybrid system that targets a zero-emission range exceeding 50 kilometres, this Ford electric van also features a multi-award-winning Ford EcoBoost 1.0-litre petrol engine and an advanced telematics system that delivers real-time data on the van's performance. We can't wait for these exciting vans to make it to the used van market! 

Renault Master - Combined 36.2mpg 

The Renault Master claims a combined 36.2 mpg. This is the long wheelbase L2 with a MM33dCi engine, offering 125hp. 


If fuel economy is a high priority for you then you should also consider a small van, which generally have higher mpg due to their compact size and smaller load capacity.

If you're interested in one of our best used vans for fuel economy, or there's another make and model of used van you're looking for, why not browse our current used van stock?

Here at Vanbase, we stock a huge range of used cars and vans in the Bristol and Taunton area with budgets to suit everyone. As an RAC Approved dealer, we sell meticulously prepared used vans to meet the highest of standards, and we also have finance calculator deals available for you.

We have a huge range of low-mileage, premium quality vans available, and our friendly team are ready to help find the perfect one for you! Whether you're looking for a used van for personal or business purposes, when you buy with Vanbase, you can buy with confidence! 

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