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Vauxhall Movano Dropside Review

April 20th, 2023

The Vauxhall Movano Dropside at a glance

The current Movano range on offer from Vauxhall really has it all, delivering on excellent build quality, practicality and a refreshed sleek design. As a continuation of this range, the Movano Dropside is no exception, offering a great payload alongside an easy-to-use loading and unloading area. This vehicle is an adaptation of the popular enclosed Movano van, retaining its flair for utility and reliability.

This is the vehicle for you if you’re looking for extra storage space for your light construction materials and equipment. From landscaping to refuse collection, the Movano Dropside is the perfect team player when it comes to managing your transportation.

Flexibility is also on your side with the Movano, with a range of load length options to suit your individual needs. A range of cab adaptations and drive modes will also help you to find the right version for you.

Read on for a comprehensive look at the Vauxhall Movano’s engine specifications and interior features.

Engines and Spec

The Vauxhall Movano Dropside is fitted with an impressive 2.3 litre turbo diesel engine, which is designed to preserve fuel efficiency even when transporting heavy loads. The 6-speed manual gearbox has also been added to the new edition of this vehicle to improve overall driving experience.

In addition to a choice of three load lengths, this vehicle also allows you to choose from front-wheel, rear-wheel and twin rear-wheel drive options. This allows you to adapt your driving configuration to suit your terrain and speed requirements.

This van features a standard Movano chassis cab for all its variants, where the Length 3 option has a highly respectable payload limit of 1770 kg, with a loading space measuring 4470 mm in length. Two gross vehicle weights are also available to appeal to different loading needs.


The main advantage of this Movano model is its endlessly useful dropside loading area, which can be utilised as a vital transportation tool for a range of construction projects. The loading space features an anti-slip resin coated floor, fitted atop of a resilient steel loading platform. This means that the vehicle won’t be damaged by the regular loading of heavy equipment for roofing or bricklaying work.

This vehicle also features additional side bars and retractable lashing eyes in the loading area, designed to safely tie down and transport a range of cargo. With these practical features, you can ensure that hazardous construction waste or fragile landscaping materials are manoeuvred with care.

To add to this, the Movano loading area has been manufactured in anodised aluminium for a corrosion-resistant finish, meaning it won’t be affected by poor weather conditions. Removable side and tailboards also make loading a breeze, especially when it comes to relocating pesky structural supports or heavy electrical equipment.

The Movano Dropside also features a three-seater cabin with an adjustable driver’s seat. If you’re working with a larger crew, then you can also invest in the crew cab model which comes with additional seating. This vehicle is available in a selection of ten solid or metallic colours, where you can choose a model that is unique to you, which can directly appeal to your brand identity.

Further interior options are available at an extra cost, such as an air-suspended comfort drivers seat, or digital radio installation capabilities. If you’re in need of extra storage for long-haul transportation projects, then you may wish to consider the Convenience Pack option, which provides under seat storage and a retractable dashboard document clip.

Pros & Cons


  • Range of length options, perfect for cumbersome scaffolding and other bulky construction materials
  • Practical loading bay area designed for durability
  • Wheel-drive options to suit different terrains or long-haul requirements


  • Simplistic cab area may not be suitable for extended driving comfort
  • Diesel engine less environmentally sound than electric alternatives
  • Digital radio and Bluetooth not included as standard, which are driving necessities for long-distance transportation

The Verdict

The Vauxhall Movano Dropside provides an impressive array of model customisation options, as well as a highly durable loading area. Its payload and fuel-efficiency capabilities will appeal to the more practically minded of the construction industry, whilst basic cab features may limit overall driving comfort.

At Van Sales UK, we provide free UK delivery options on all our vans, as well as a range of exclusive financing options. The Movano Dropside comes complete with manufacturer’s warranty, roadside assistance, and extended service intervals, to make your driving experience an effortless one. You may also wish to check out our electric e-Movano Dropside vehicle, for an increasingly eco-friendly alternative.

Contact us now to find out more about our complete range of new and used vans.


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