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Ten of the Most Economical Vans of 2022

May 3rd, 2022

If you run a business, it’s likely that you’ll always be looking for ways to reduce your expenses. An expense that can sometimes go under the radar is fuel. Whether we like it or not, we have to spend a lot of money on fuel –  without it, our vehicles won’t actually be able to operate! When choosing a van, fuel economy is something that should be part of your criteria because this can go a long way to saving you money. It is important to note however that regardless of what model you choose, the biggest thing that impacts your fuel economy is payload, weather conditions and your driving style. Therefore whilst you might choose a vehicle which is known to be good for its fuel economy, other factors influence how much fuel you use too. 

At VanSales UK, we know how important it is to invest in a van that is economical. Providing both old, new and electric vans, we’re sure that we have the right van for you. Stocking all of the popular brands such as Ford, Volkswagen and Vauxhall, you’ll find it difficult to find a van that isn’t perfect for you. 

Considering that there’s just so much choice with vans, you might be left confused as to which van is the most economical. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of the ten most economical vans of 2022!

Calculating Fuel Economy 

Before we look at the ten most economical vans of 2022, it might be useful to first understand how van fuel economy is calculated. In order to provide an official miles per gallon figure, van manufacturers must carry out a test called ‘Worldwide Harmonised Lightweight vehicles Test Procedure’ (WLTP for short). To calculate the WLTP, the vehicle is assessed in four different areas. The test has the vehicle cover low, medium, high and extra-high speeds. Once the results have been gathered from each speed, an average fuel economy figure is then created.

As aforementioned, real-world conditions can affect the fuel economy of a vehicle. As a result, an alternative test takes vehicles out onto the roads where they are subject to things like traffic and weather conditions. This is then also used to calculate the fuel economy of the vehicle.

Now that we have explained how to calculate fuel economy, here are the top ten most economical vans out there on the market (in no particular order!)!

Citroen Berlingo Van

The Citroen Berlingo is a van that should certainly not be overlooked because it is relatively cheap to run. If you’re looking to use the van as your company car, then the van’s CO2 emissions are around 146g/km. In fact, new models of the Citroen Berlingo actually have an eco mode, which is designed to decrease fuel consumption. The eco mode kicks in when the car detects any sort of energy drain. This could be because you’ve left the engine on for too long, or your battery voltage is too low. When it comes to reducing fuel expenses, the eco mode is a really useful feature.

Mercedes Citan

If you’re on the search for a small van that is economical, then the Mercedes Citan could be the perfect vehicle for you. The miles per gallon on this vehicle is an impressive 62.8mpg, meaning that you really are receiving a vehicle that has good fuel economy! In fact, in a study conducted by, the Mercedes Citan was crowned the most fuel-efficient van out there! The report found that the vehicle can actually travel over eight hundred miles on one task of diesel and six hundred miles on a talk of petrol!

Peugeot Partner

The Peugeot Partner is a van that isn’t just economical but also has impressive rear loadspace volume too. If economy is at the top of your criteria when searching for a van, then you’ll most likely want to look at the 99bhp diesel engine. Perhaps what sets the Peugeot Partner apart from other vans is the amount of safety equipment it includes. The van has features fitted in that help with blind spots, traffic signs and driver attention.

Fiat Doblo

This particular van is one that can sometimes slip under the radar, but its value for money is something that should certainly not be overlooked when it comes to its fuel efficiency. The Fiat Doblo is available with a larger 1.6 multijet engine in 105 and 120 outputs which have the ability to achieve 62.8mpg. In fact, if you opt to go for the Euro 6 Ecojet model, then you’re selecting a vehicle which has a Stop-Start technology which turns the engine off when stationary. Having Stop-Start technology is certainly something that should not be undermined, as it can actually improve your fuel economy by fifteen per cent!

Toyota Proace

Just to emphasise how economical the Toyota Proace is, even its least economical version still has around 50mpg. The smaller 1.6-litre diesel engine is equipped with Stop-Start technology and a 5-speed gearbox. However, the 2.0-litre diesel engine comes with a 6-speed gearbox whilst maintaining 53.5mpg. Not only that, but all of the engineers are compliant with Euro 6 emission standards and feature a Selective Catalytic Reduction system which helps reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide that is released into the air.

Ford Transit Custom

It goes without saying that the Ford Transit Custom is one of the most popular vans out there on the market today. The van arrived in the UK in 2012 and has quickly become one of the go-to vans in the market. In order to comply with Euro 6 emissions standards, Ford changed their engines from 2.2-litre to 2.0litre. This reduction in the litre engine means that there is a 15% increase in fuel efficiency, which will almost certainly save you money down the line! If you would like more information on the Ford Transit Custom and why would it would be a good investment, then read our blog!

Renault Trafic

In 2019, the most recent Renault Trafic was released which had an engine that could cope with the rigorous WLTP test. Although the Renault Trafic has a large engine size with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel, Renault has claimed that there will be a 10% increase in fuel economy. These vehicles are also fitted with Stop-Start technology too.

Fiat Ducato

If you’re looking for a large van that is both practical and economical, then the Fiat Ducato could be perfect for you. Just like the Ford Transit Custom, the Fiat Ducato’s 2.3-litre and 3.0-litre engines have been replaced with 2.0litre and 2.3-litre engines. It could be said that the 2.3-litre engine is the more popular version of the van, as it offers between 46.3mpg and 44.8mpg.

Citroen Relay

The Citroen Relay is a van which is virtually the exact same as the Peugeot Boxer. although the van was first introduced to the market in 2006, the engines were changed to comply with Euro 6 emissions standards in 2016. The 2.2-litre engine that was originally seen in the vehicle was downsized to its current version of the 2.0-litre engine, which is available in 110hp, 130hp and 160hp power outputs. If you’re wondering what the most economical engine is for the Citroen Relay, then you might want to look towards the 110hp model in the compact L1H1 version that has the ability to produce 46.1mpg.

Purchase New, Used or Electric Vans from VanSales UK

Now that you know what the most economical vans of 2022 are, you might be wondering where can I find vans for sale near me? If this is the case, then look no further than VanSales UK. We know how important it is to invest in a van that is economical, that’s why we stock a wide range of vans from different manufacturers that have different engine sizes and payload capacities. Whether you’re after a new van or an electric van, we have got you covered.

With each vehicle offering its own unique benefits and features, it can be quite difficult to identify which is the best vehicle for you. At VanSales UK, we hold strong values when it comes to providing our customers with the best service possible. That’s why our team will go above and beyond to understand your requirements to help find the best vehicle for you. Our services don’t stop when your van is delivered, but we instead provide our support and advice to help you throughout your ownership of the vehicle. If you are convinced that VanSales UK is the right company for you, then get in touch with our team today!


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