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Cheapest Vans To Hire In 2023

31 May 2023

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Are you searching for affordable van leasing options? Our guide provides valuable tips to secure a great deal while avoiding unexpected expenses and hidden fees. Discover the secrets to budget-friendly van hire today!

No matter if you’re embarking on a short-term project or a day-long endeavour, choosing the appropriate van is essential. Whether it’s a home relocation, decluttering mission, or home renovation, take the time to ensure you choose the ideal van for your specific needs.

In most cases, rental companies provide panel vans in a range of three different sizes:

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Small vans:

These vans are typically comparable in size to a spacious family car and provide approximately 3 – 4 cubic metres of cargo space. Top-notch compact vans can handle loads up to 1000 kg and are equipped with a side sliding door and rear doors that swing open 180 degrees. Some high-spec models even include a load hatch in the metal bulkhead, facilitating transportation of longer items measuring two to three metres in length.

While the heavyweights of the van industry make a grand statement, let’s not overlook the versatility and practicality of small vans.

First Step proudly presents the Ford Transit Connect, a compact yet mighty van that excels in manoeuvrability and efficiency. Perfect for navigating urban streets and tight spaces, the Ford Transit Connect offers a smart solution for your business or personal needs.

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Top 3 Cheapest Small Vans:


1. Citroen Berlingo

When it comes to reliable and practical vans, the Citroën Berlingo stands out among its esteemed siblings – the Peugeot Partner, Toyota Proace City, and Vauxhall Combo Cargo. This exceptional van not only delivers a smooth and enjoyable driving experience but also boasts a generous cargo capacity that will surpass your expectations. Are you ready to discover the true potential of the Citroën Berlingo? Contact us today.

With its well-designed interior and intelligent cargo space, the Citroën Berlingo allows you to transport a remarkable amount of goods without compromising on comfort or efficiency. Whether you’re a business owner in need of a reliable workhorse or an adventurous individual seeking a versatile companion for your journeys, the Berlingo is the perfect choice.

What sets us apart at First Step Vehicle Solutions is our exclusive 12-month lease deals on vans like the Citroën Berlingo. With our flexible rental option, you can enjoy all the benefits of this exceptional van without being tied down to a long-term commitment. Take advantage of the fully stocked safety and assistance features, and for those seeking an extra touch of convenience, the Berlingo also offers the option of a slick automatic gearbox.

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2. Peugeot Partner

Not only does it boast a distinctive appearance, but Peugeot has also ingeniously incorporated its renowned i-Cockpit design into this small van. In a segment where the driver often takes centre stage, the i-Cockpit elevates the Peugeot Partner to new heights, setting it apart from its siblings.

The Peugeot Partner’s i-Cockpit design is a testament to Peugeot’s commitment to driver-centric innovation. With its thoughtfully crafted layout and intuitive controls, the i-Cockpit creates an immersive and ergonomic driving experience. As the sole occupant of the vehicle, you become the focal point, surrounded by technology and comfort that enhance your journey.

By seamlessly blending aesthetics with functionality, the Peugeot Partner emerges as a small van that exudes style and practicality. Its unique i-Cockpit design gives it an edge, providing you with a driving experience that goes beyond the ordinary. Whether you’re a business professional seeking an efficient work companion or an individual who appreciates the finer details of design, the Peugeot Partner delivers excellence on all fronts.

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3. Toyota Proace

Similar to its badge-engineered counterparts, the Toyota Proace City possesses its own unique styling, setting it apart from the crowd of small vans. Yet, it leaves a lasting impression in the same remarkable ways as its sibling models. The Proace City excels in delivering a satisfying driving experience while offering ample cargo capacity. However, it’s important to note that the Proace City comes generously equipped as standard, making it slightly pricier compared to certain competitors.

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Medium vans


These vans offer spaciousness with load capacities of up to 8.3 cubic metres, accommodating maximum payloads ranging from 1000 kg to 1500kg. A typical medium-sized van features a load length of 2.5 or 3.5 metres, with the latter often achieved by incorporating a bulkhead hatch that utilises the space under the passenger seat. Additionally, most medium vans are equipped with three front seats for added convenience.

In the world of vans, medium-sized options strike an ideal balance between versatility and functionality.

First Step Vehicle Solutions proudly presents the Renault Trafic, a reliable and capable van that offers the perfect blend of space, manoeuvrability, and performance. Whether you’re a small business owner, a tradesperson, or simply in need of a reliable transport solution, the Renault Trafic is here to deliver. Check out our latest medium-sized Renault van deals here.

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Top 3 Medium Vans


1. VW Transporter

For over 60 years, the Volkswagen Transporter has garnered a dedicated following, maintaining its status as a highly sought-after mid-sized van. Even today, its allure remains strong, attracting those in search of both style and functionality. Powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine, this van packs up to 196bhp, and when paired with its exceptional seven-speed automatic gearbox, it delivers outstanding performance. The Volkswagen Transporter is equipped with a plethora of sophisticated safety features, including lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking (AEB).

While its overall carrying capacity may not surpass that of some competitors, it can effortlessly handle loads of up to 1.2 tonnes. Notably, Transporters are renowned for their strong residual value, making the total cost of ownership potentially lower compared to certain rivals. Immerse yourself in the timeless appeal of the Volkswagen Transporter and experience the perfect blend of style, performance, and long-term value.

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2. Renault Trafic

While the Fiat Talento is based on the Trafic, we consider the Renault to be the superior van. It offers engine options to accommodate various requirements, with high-output choices ideal for heavy cargo. The van boasts a solid range of safety features and driver assistance technology. Additionally, its quiet performance contributes to a more relaxed experience during long trips. The only drawback is the sluggish infotainment system, which prevented it from ranking higher on this list.

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3. Ford Transit Custom

Since its introduction in 2012, the Ford Transit Custom has consistently dominated the sales charts, securing its place as one of Britain’s favourite vans. Renowned for its exceptional driving dynamics and comfortable road presence, this van offers a remarkable range of configurations to suit every need.

With an astonishing payload capacity of nearly 1.5 tonnes and the ability to carry larger volumes than most competitors, it stands as the ultimate medium-sized van in terms of versatility. Thanks to its upgraded Euro-6d engines, the Transit Custom now delivers impressive fuel efficiency, surpassing its predecessors. In fact, we firmly believe that it is the best medium-sized van currently available in the market. Discover the unparalleled excellence of the Ford Transit Custom and elevate your van experience to new heights.

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Large Vans:

When it comes to van rentals, the heavyweights of the industry are none other than large vans. With up to 17 cubic metres of loadspace and payloads ranging from 700 kg to 3100kg, these vans pack a powerful punch. However, it’s important to note that the largest among them can reach heights of three metres and extend up to eight metres in length. As a result, they require a substantial amount of space for parking, loading, and unloading. So, if you’re considering these giants, be prepared to accommodate their impressive dimensions.

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Top 3 Cheapest Large Vans:


When it comes to comfort, driving pleasure, and exceptional hauling capabilities, the MAN TGE excels, ready to tackle any task you throw its way. While its interior may lack excitement and the extensive array of options can be overwhelming at times, there are still numerous advantages to appreciate. MAN’s renowned reputation as a titan in the trucking industry ensures top-notch support, setting the TGE apart from the competition. Embrace the reliability and capabilities of the MAN TGE and discover why it remains a trusted companion in the world of commercial vehicles.

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2. Ford Transit

When it comes to vans, the Ford Transit reigns supreme, much like Hoover in the world of vacuum cleaners – and for good reason. The Transit offers unparalleled variety, making it the epitome of versatility and capability. While some vans may boast larger load volumes, the Transit compensates with impeccable driving dynamics and an interior that rivals that of a car.

With abundant in-cab storage and intelligent safety systems like adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection, the Transit not only excels in practicality but also prioritises safety, positioning itself as one of the market’s safest options. Embrace the legendary status of the Ford Transit and experience a level of versatility and performance that goes beyond expectations.

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3. Volkswagen Crafter

After investing £1.5 billion in research and development, Volkswagen created the latest Crafter, a remarkable large van. With refined 2.0-litre engine options and available in various drive configurations, the Crafter offers both power and versatility. Its ergonomic interior provides comfort and practicality, while boasting one of the segment’s largest load areas, up to 18.4m³ in capacity. Discover the result of Volkswagen’s relentless pursuit of excellence in the exceptional Volkswagen Crafter.

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Looking for a reliable van leasing company?

When it comes to finding a trustworthy van leasing company, look no further than First Step Vehicle Solutions. With our extensive industry experience, dedication to simplicity and flexibility, and a wide range of top-quality vans from renowned brands, we are the ideal partner for all your van leasing needs.

Whether you require a short-term rental or a longer-term arrangement, First Step offers tailored solutions that cater to your personal or business requirements. Their commitment to exceptional service and support ensures a hassle-free experience from start to finish. Don’t settle for anything less than excellence – choose First Step Vehicle Solutions for your van leasing needs today.

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