Best Vans for Delivery Drivers and Couriers
- Created: 22 December 2021
Back in August we answered some of your questions about starting work as a delivery driver. Here we look at some of the best vans for the job.
There's lots of choice out there and what you decide upon will be guided primarily by the type of deliveries you are making and your budget. But, as a basic starting point, here are Vanarama's top three vans for delivery companies and couriers.
The small van
Vanarama favours the Ford Transit Connect as the "staple small van", saying it is an "excellent small van" which is a force to be reckoned with in the highly competitive small van market.
The Connect has a 1.5 litre EcoBlue Diesel engine which can deliver between 58.9 – 68.9mpg and a responsive 6-speed gearbox. The Vanarama review says that the cabin is excellent and offers car-like comfort.
Despite being a small van, even the shortest Connect models provide back doors measuring 1.2m wide x 1.2m high, plus a 43cm wide x 1.2m high sliding door at the side. The loadspace measures 1.5m x 1.5m at max and 1.2m between the wheel arches.
It can hold one to two Euro pallets which can be secured in place with lashing points and multiple hook points. Maximum payload starts at 600kg for the smallest L1 model, and weighs in at more than 1,000kg for the largest model.
Vanarama says the Ford Transit Connect is "perfect for short or long-hop delivery drivers".
The medium-sized van
This time the vote goes to Vauxhall and its UK-built Vivaro. Vanarama says the build quality is excellent and for van drivers looking for the perfect blend of space, mobility and excellent running costs, the Vivaro is "definitely the place to start".
The loadspace offers a load length of 2.8m which can be increased to up to 4m by using the load through feature. The loading bay measures 1.4m high x 1.6m wide (1.2m between the arches) and the 1.2m-high by 1m-wide side door gives easy accessibility. With an impressive payload average of 1,415kg across the range, the Vivaro makes a great option for delivery van drivers.
The large van
For new delivery drivers anticipating the need for a roomy loadspace, Vanarama has chosen the Citroen Relay as its top pick in the large van category. They describe the Relay as a "proper workhorse" capable of carry very large loads while keeping the running costs down.
It has one of the largest load bays available in the large van category: 1.8 m between partitions and 1.4m between the wheel arches. The back doors are almost 2m high and 1.5m wide with a side door of 1.2m wide.
The payload limit is 1,500kg, but there are variants of the van that can take up to 1,995 kg and there are plenty of lashing points across the loading bay.
Vanarama says that while the cabin is basic, it is comfy and has all the creature comforts that you need while out on a delivery route. And as for durability, well, the Relay really is a hard-working beast which is ideal for long distances.
Best insurance for vans
Just as your choice of van will be dictated by your budget and needs, your van insurance will vary depending on the specific type of cover you need.
For instance, if you need any driver van insurance because you want flexibility when driving, you might pay a little more than for a single driver. However, the benefits of having multiple drivers insured may mean that you can keep your delivery business going even if one of you drivers cannot get out on the road.
Talk to iVan today to find the best insurance quote for your van whether it's small medium or large.