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The Most Economical Vans: Best MPG Vans | Vanbase

The Most Economical Vans: Best MPG Vans | Vanbase

Understanding the best mpg for vans 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. Research into the most economical vans should be conducted before making a purchase to reduce these potential costs.

Larger vans are naturally more expensive to run than smaller ones, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any economical 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.



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. 



How is MPG calculated?

In the UK, fuel efficiency is typically measured in miles per gallon (MPG). A gallon is approximately 4.546 liters

The formula to calculate your MPG is:
MPG = total miles driven / gallons of fuel used



What are the most economical vans?

To help you choose a used van that's right for you, we've put together a list of the most economical vans with the best mpg.



Most economical small vans


Ford Transit Courier - Combined 62.8mpg

The Ford Transit Courier Sport boasts a 1.5 TDCi engine, offering a solid 100ps of power. Its compact design doesn't sacrifice performance for efficiency, making it an ideal choice for urban navigation and practical utility.

economical vans, ford transit courier, 62.8mpg


Volkswagen Caddy - Combined 54.3mpg

The Volkswagen Caddy Startline comes with a 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech engine, producing 102PS. It's equipped with a DSG automatic transmission for smooth shifting and optimized fuel efficiency, making it a smart option for both city driving and longer commutes.

economical vans, volkswagen caddy, 54.3mpg


Ford Transit Connect - Combined 56.5mpg

The Ford Transit Connect with the 1.5 EcoBlue engine offers 120ps, providing a blend of power and efficiency. It's engineered for those who need a reliable workhorse that also keeps running costs in check.

economical vans, ford transit connect, 56.5mpg


Citroen Berlingo - Combined 65.7mpg

The Citroen Berlingo Enterprise Pro is powered by a 1.5 BlueHDi engine, delivering 100ps. This model, with a payload of 950Kg, is geared towards professionals seeking a balance between performance and economical operation.

economical vans, citroen berlingo, 65.7mpg



Most economical medium vans


Vauxhall Vivaro - Combined 50.4mpg

The Vauxhall Vivaro 3100 Elite features a robust 2.0d engine with 180PS, designed to handle heavier loads with ease while providing a comfortable and efficient driving experience. This model is well-suited for businesses that require a powerful, reliable van for demanding tasks.

economical vans, vauxhall vivaro, 50.5mpg


Renault Trafic - Combined 47.2mpg

The Renault Trafic LL29 ENERGY dCi 125 is equipped with a 1.6-liter diesel engine that produces 125 horsepower. It offers a blend of durability and efficiency, making it ideal for those who need a reliable van for both urban deliveries and longer hauls. This model is appreciated for its spacious cargo area and comfortable cabin, which makes it a top choice for many professionals.

economical vans, renault trafic, 47.2mpg


Volkswagen Transporter - Combined 47.1mpg

The Volkswagen Transporter Highline, equipped with a 2.0 TDI engine and BlueMotion Technology, offers 150PS. This model includes a DSG automatic transmission, enhancing driving comfort and fuel efficiency. Its Highline trim adds a higher level of interior comforts and advanced features, making it a popular choice for professionals looking for a blend of functionality and style in their work vehicle.

economical vans, volksagen transporter, 47.1mpg


Ford Transit Custom - Combined 46.3mpg

The Ford Transit Custom comes equipped with a 2.0 EcoBlue engine delivering 130ps. This model is known for its robust performance and excellent fuel efficiency, making it a top choice for businesses needing a dependable and economical commercial vehicle. Its versatility and durability are key attributes that continue to make it a popular option in the commercial van market.

economical vans, ford transit custom, 46.3mpg



Most economical large vans


Peugeot Boxer - Combined 38.2mpg

The Peugeot Boxer, featuring a 350-long wheelbase and a 2.0 BlueHDi engine, delivers 131hp. It boasts an impressive combined fuel efficiency of 45.6 mpg, making it one of the more economical choices in its class for those needing a spacious and efficient large van.

economical vans, peugeot boxer, 38.2mpg


Citroen Relay - Combined 38.2mpg

The Citroen Relay, with its 2.2 BlueHDI engine producing 130hp, is closely related to the Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato. It offers a combined fuel economy of 38.2 mpg, positioning it as a strong contender in its category, though it ranks third in fuel efficiency compared to its counterparts. This model is favored for its balance of power and practical fuel consumption, making it a reliable choice for a variety of commercial uses.

economical vans, citroen relay, 38.2mpg


Vauxhall Movano - Combined 35.3mpg

The Vauxhall Movano, equipped with a 350-long wheelbase and a 2.3 CDTI engine, offers 110hp. It boasts a combined fuel efficiency of 35.3 mpg, making it a practical choice for those seeking a capable and economical large van for extensive commercial use.

economical vans, vauxhall movano, 35.3mpg


Ford Transit - Combined 39.8mpg

The Ford Transit is the UK's best-selling large van and combines impressive utility with efficiency. Powered by a 2.0 TDCi engine that delivers 130hp, it achieves a commendable combined fuel economy of 39.8 mpg. This makes it an excellent choice for businesses looking for a reliable van that excels in both performance and fuel efficiency. 

economical vans, ford transit, 39.8mpg


Economical Vans - More Options

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!

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! 



Which van has best fuel economy?

This depends on factors such as distance to cover, payload, fuel type, and more. For a wide selection of options with great fuel economy, Vanbase offers a variety of models, from compact diesel vans like the Ford Transit Connect to eco-friendly electric ones such as the Nissan e-NV200, catering to different needs and preferences.

What is the most fuel-efficient van?

The most fuel-efficient van will vary based on the latest market offerings, but generally, smaller vans with advanced diesel engines or electric powertrains tend to be the most fuel-efficient. For instance, electric vans like the Nissan e-NV200 or diesel options like the Ford Transit Connect are known for their fuel efficiency. Vanbase has a diverse range of these economical vehicles to suit different commercial needs.

What full size van gets best mpg?

In the category of full-size vans, the Ford Transit often leads in fuel efficiency with its EcoBlue diesel engines, with some models offering combined mpg in the high 30s. However, for the latest models and exact mpg figures, it's best to check current listings, as manufacturers are continually improving their designs for better fuel economy. Vanbase offers a range of these full-size vans, allowing for a choice based on specific mpg needs and other preferences.

What is a good mpg for a diesel van?

A good mpg for a diesel van would typically be in the range of 25 to 30 mpg for larger models, and potentially higher, up to around 40 to 45 mpg, for smaller, more efficient models. These figures can vary greatly depending on the specific van model, driving conditions, and how the vehicle is used.

What is the most reliable van to buy?

The most reliable van to buy tends to be one with a strong track record for durability and customer satisfaction. Brands like Ford, with their Transit and Transit Connect models, and Mercedes-Benz with the Sprinter, are often cited for their reliability. However, it's important to consider individual needs and check for the latest reliability surveys and reviews when making a decision. Vanbase offers a variety of these trusted models, allowing you to choose one that's well-regarded for its dependability.



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