Looking for a used small van with rock bottom running costs? Honest John Vans has crunched its Real MPG numbers to uncover the top five used vans with the best fuel economy.
Does your van use more fuel than it should? Are your profits disappearing at the diesel fuel pump? You are not alone. Research has found that many used vans do not deliver their advertised fuel economy figures. That’s why Honest John Vans launched Real MPG.
Real MPG invites commercial vehicle drivers to submit how many miles their vans and pick-ups do to the gallon. Unlike official (laboratory tested) fuel consumption figures, Real MPG gives real life comparative data and allows vehicle owners and buyers to see how much on-the-road fuel a van really uses.
If you’re looking for some help when it comes to buying your next small van then look no further. We’ve listed the top five vans with the best mpg figures for real-world fuel economy.
Renault Kangoo dCi 75
The Kangoo is getting on a bit now, having been launched back in 2008. But it still excels in real-world fuel economy, with the dCi 75 engine seeing a highly-impressive 54.7mpg in Real MPG. The standard Kangoo van is ideal for most needs, with up to 3.6 cubic metres of load space and neat touches like a movable bulkhead and folding passenger seat.
Citroen Berlingo 1.6 HDi 120
The Citroen Berlingo was replaced with an all-new model in 2018, but there is still plenty of life in the old version. The 1.6 HDi 120 engine will reward drivers with up to 52.5mpg economy, while the van itself is offered in two sizes – L1 and L2. The heavy-duty version can carry up to 896kg of cargo where the standard model is limited to 625kg. Go for the L2 Berlingo and maximum cargo weight is 750kg.
Mercedes-Benz Citan 1.5 CDI
The Citan is based on the Renault Kangoo, but stands apart with better comfort and long-distance refinement – as you’d expect from a premium brand. The Citan offers up to 4.6 cubic metres of loadspace – meaning it’ll take a standard euro pallet between the wheel arches. The Citan is cheap to run, too, with the 1.5 CDI engine returning 50.4mpg – according to the latest Real MPG submissions.
Peugeot Partner 1.6 HDi 75
The Peugeot Partner is one of the most comfortable compact vans you can buy, with car-like road handling and ride qualities. It was replaced in 2018 with the all-new Partner, but we rate the old model very highly. It’s designed to carry a load of up to 850kg, and there’s a choice of panel van, crew cab and flat cab bodies, as well a Long model for greater load length capacity. The 1.6 HDi 75 engine returns an impressive 50.1mpg.
Volkswagen Caddy 2.0 TDI 140
Drivers who opt for the 2.0 TDI 140 engine will see real-world fuel economy figures around 49mpg. The Volkswagen Caddy isn’t just frugal though, it also boasts the reputation of being one of the best in its class when it comes to quality and driver comfort. In standard form, the Caddy can carry a cargo load of up to 3.2 cubic metres – while the Caddy Maxi can carry up to 4.2 cubic metres (both can accommodate a Euro pallet lengthways).
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