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What Van Is Right For Me? The Ultimate Guide To Picking The Perfect Van

15 May 2024

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When it comes to choosing a van, whether for business or personal use, making the right decision can have a big impact on your day-to-day operations.

It’s all about finding the right fit for your needs. Do you need to haul equipment, deliver goods, or carry a crew? Each scenario demands different features from a van.

In this blog, we’ll talk you through the factors you need to keep in mind and highlight some popular choices in the market today.

Key Takeaways

Understanding Your Requirements

Before diving into models, think about what you need from your van. Are you carrying heavy loads or larger items? Do you need cargo space for tools or goods or storage space for transporting smaller items? Your answers will determine whether a full-size cargo van or a smaller model would be best.

Consider the Size and Cargo Capacity

Ford Transit Custom

For those needing lots of load space, the Ford Transit Custom Active offers a versatile option that combines comfort with utility. It’s an excellent choice for carrying bulky items while providing enough comfort for long drives.

On the other hand, if your work requires a longer vehicle with more rows of seats, consider the Renault Trafic LL30 150 Sport DCIV LWB Manual. This model has six seats and is perfect for teams, offering plenty of cargo space without sacrificing passenger comfort.

For those in the market for a van that handles city driving well with good fuel economy, the VW Transporter Kombi Highline LWB is a popular option. It balances space and manoeuvrability, making it ideal for navigating urban environments while still providing enough room for supplies.

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

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Fuel consumption is one of the most important things to think about, especially with the rising costs of fuel. Models like the Toyota Hilux Invincible X and the Ford Ranger Raptor are known for their robust performance but consider their fuel economy if you’re covering long distances regularly. The Ford Transit Connect, a smaller alternative, offers better fuel efficiency, perfect if you’re prioritising fuel consumption over load space.

Comfort and Additional Features

Never underestimate the importance of comfort and additional features such as air conditioning, especially if you spend many hours on the road. Models like the Ram Promaster and Sprinter van not only offer plenty of cargo space but also come with creature comforts that make long trips more bearable.

Making Your Choice: Initial Cost and Cost of Ownership

Initial cost and cost of ownership play a big role in deciding which van to choose. A more affordable van might cost you more down the line in maintenance and fuel, especially if bought second-hand. For example, commercial vehicles like the Sprinter van might have a higher upfront cost but offer durability and efficiency for intense commercial use.

If you’re worried about the high upfront cost of purchasing a new van, you’re in the right place. We offer a wide range of the latest models from top brands like Ford and VW, so whether you need a rugged vehicle like the Ford Ranger Raptor or a spacious Ford Transit, we have just what you’re looking for.

Our van leasing deals are flexible, letting you pick terms that fit your budget and needs without any hassle. Plus, leasing a new van means you avoid the big upfront costs of buying and keep your monthly expenses predictable with the added benefit of lower maintenance and better fuel efficiency.

At First Step, we make it easy for you to get into the right van so you can focus on what’s important—running your business or just enjoying the drive.

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