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5 of the recommended cheap to run vans of 2022

5 of the recommended cheap to run vans of 2022
September 30th, 2022

Getting from A to B shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, but with fuel and living costs rising, owning a vehicle is becoming a greater financial investment for many. As over 77% of households have a vehicle in the UK and rely on a car or van for their work, people are becoming increasingly aware of fuel efficiency and running costs.

With the cost of just about everything going up, it is only natural that we all become more aware of our spending. If you rely on a van for your profession or are about to make a purchase, you may be thinking about investing in a model that is more cost-effective, but knowing whether or not your van is an economical investment can be tricky.

For those considering purchasing a new van for business, ensuring it is reasonably priced, fuel efficient and reliable is an absolute must. To make life easier and help you to cut back on expenses, we’ve put together a list of 5 cheap to run vans available here at Van Sales UK.

Read on to find out more.

Upfront cost

Of course, the first element of a vehicle purchase that crosses anyone’s mind is the initial cost. This is where an element of research is required as although some vehicles appear to have slightly higher price points, they will end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.

Be sure to weigh up the initial cost against other important factors such as fuel efficiency, reliability and maintenance costs. After all, it is worth spending a little extra for a van that is sure to save you money and last a long time.

Fuel vs Electric Vans

Nowadays, prospective buyers are faced with the choice between traditional fuel powered vehicles and modern electric versions. Choosing between these options can be difficult, as each has its own set of merits.

Regarding overall running costs, electric vans are incredibly effective, requiring very little maintenance and allowing drivers to enter low emission zones that certain diesel vehicles are now prohibited to drive in.

For the sake of this article, we’ve focussed on more traditional diesel and petrol options to even the playing field. To find out all that our huge range of electric vehicles can offer you and your business, check out our Electric Vans page.

Considering Fuel Economy

When it comes to typical measurements of cost-effectiveness in vehicles, fuel economy is usually the first element assessed. As fuel is one of the most expensive elements involved with the running and upkeep of a vehicle, fuel efficiency is directly correlated to the running cost of the vehicle. Understanding the concept of fuel economy is relatively simple, but it is important to clarify before discussing the following vehicles.

Fuel Economy is measured in miles per gallon (mpg). Put simply, this is how many miles can be covered per gallon of fuel used. This is, of course, dependent on how efficiently the vehicle is driven and the conditions in which it is driving. The official mpg rating of any vehicle is calculated from an average when driven at low, medium and high speeds.

With these concepts clarified, let’s take a closer look at some of the most cost-effective vans available today.

Mercedes-Benz Citan

First on our list is the Mercedes Citan, a small van with a lot of potential. For those looking for a van that is both fuel efficient and compact, this could be the ideal choice. Boasting an undeniably impressive 62.8mpg, this nifty little van can cover over 800 miles on a single tank of diesel and around 600 in its petrol form.

What’s more, the Mercedes Citan was voted the most fuel-efficient van on the market by in both its petrol and diesel forms. If that doesn’t reassure you of its incredible potential, we don’t know what will!

Here at Van Sales UK, we’re proud to offer the latest model of Mercedes Citan in diesel form with competitive finance rates, a 3 year warranty and free breakdown cover.

Ford Transit Custom

It would feel wrong to discuss cost-effective vans without mentioning one of the most popular models on the market. The Ford Transit Custom is a medium sized panel van with a reputation for excellence and reliability.

With a powerful EcoBlue 2.0 litre engine and an impressive rating of 47mpg, this van is a low-cost choice for those needing a larger vehicle for their work. Not only will drivers save money on the cost of refuelling, but the van’s reputation for reliability and efficiency will mean fewer trips to the garage are necessary.

Check out everything the Ford Transit Custom has to offer at Van Sales UK today.

Citroen Berlingo

Another popular small van with low running costs is the Citroen Berlingo. Though it may not be as eco friendly as some of its hybrid or electric competitors, emitting around 146g of Co2 per kilometre, it offers an impressive rating of 45.2 – 57.4 mpg. This equates to around 5.0 – 6.3 miles per pound.

Additionally, newer models of the Berlingo also offer drivers an eco function, designed to decrease fuel consumption and reduce any kind of energy drain. This feature is especially useful for reducing fuel expenses and lowering the overall running cost of the van.

For those looking for a more environmentally friendly model, Citroen also offers the E-Berlingo. More information on this model and its many benefits can be found on our electric vans page.

Fiat Doblo

When it comes to fuel efficiency and low running costs, the Fiat Doblo is another strong contender. Offering buyers the option between 1.3 and 1.6 litre engines, both with Multijet technology, this van is capable of achieving up to 56.5mpg.

What’s more, Fiat also offers the model in its Euro 6 Ecojet form, allowing the stop-start technology to reduce fuel wastage by turning off the engine when stationary. This can improve fuel economy by up to 15%, reducing running costs and lowering the carbon footprint of the vehicle.

Peugeot Partner

Last but not least on our list is the Peugeot Partner, a van that offers a balance of economical performance, ample storage space and reliability. This van features a diesel engine, manual transmission and is available in 75 or 100ps models, allowing buyer flexibility to maximise efficiency.

Regarding fuel consumption, the Peugeot Partner offers 45.6-51.4mpg in its 75ps model and 46.3-54.0mpg in the 100ps version.

New And Used Van Deals: Van Sales UK

Figuring out which van is right for you and your business is no easy task, and there is a lot to consider. To give yourself the chance to view the latest and greatest in new, used and electric vans, look no further than Van Sales UK. We understand the financial commitment involved when purchasing a van and are always on hand to help you find the perfect fit for your needs. Whether you’re searching for small or large, electric or diesel, new or used, we’ve got you covered.

Here at Van Sales UK, we’ve built a reputation as a reliable van dealer with competitive prices, great staff and a huge selection of vehicles. No matter your requirements, we’re always happy to talk through your options and point you in the direction of the perfect van for you.

Don’t hesitate to contact a member of our friendly and experienced team today.

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