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The Best Small Sized Vans For Your Trade Business

Rhino Trade Insurance 15 February 2024

Whether you're a builder, plumber, electrician or carpenter, having the right set of wheels is crucial for running a successful trade business. In 2024, efficiency is key and small-sized vans are starting to take over. Compact, nimble, and fuel-efficient, these vans are becoming the go-to choice for tradesmen and women across the UK and beyond. In this blog post, we're looking into the world of small vans to help you find the best type for your trade business.

Ford Transit Connect – The Reliable Workhorse

First up on our list is the ever-reliable Ford Transit Connect (one of our team actually has one of these). This compact van packs a punch when it comes to functionality and performance. With its distinctive design and practical features, the Transit Connect is an excellent choice for tradespeople looking for a reliable workhorse.

Equipped with a load of engine options, including the fuel-efficient EcoBlue diesel engines, the Transit Connect strikes a balance between power and efficiency. The cargo space is intelligently designed to maximise storage, making it a breeze to transport your tools and equipment.

One standout feature is the innovative load-through bulkhead, allowing you to carry longer items without compromising the overall cargo space. Plus, the advanced safety features make sure you and your tools arrive at the job site securely.

Volkswagen Caddy – A Compact Legend

If you're after a van that combines style with substance, look no further than the Volkswagen Caddy. Renowned for its durability and versatility, the Caddy has been a favourite among tradespeople for years, and the 2024 model continues this tradition.

The sleek design and compact dimensions make the Caddy easy to manoeuvre through busy city streets, while the spacious interior accommodates your tools and materials effortlessly. The robust build and quality craftsmanship ensure that your van can handle the demands of your trade, day in and day out.

Volkswagen has also embraced the electric revolution, offering an electric version of the Caddy for those looking to make their business more environmentally friendly. The Caddy's electric variant delivers zero-emission driving without compromising on performance.

Citroën Berlingo – A Tech-Savvy Companion

For tradespeople who value technology as much as torque, the Citroën Berlingo is a tech-savvy companion that ticks all the boxes. With its distinct design and advanced features, the Berlingo is more than just a van; it's a mobile office on wheels.

The Berlingo boasts a comfortable and spacious cabin, making it an excellent choice for those long days on the road. The innovative Moduwork feature allows you to adapt the space to your needs, whether you need extra seating or additional cargo space.

Tech enthusiasts will appreciate the 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, turning your van into a connected workspace. The Berlingo also prioritises safety with features like lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking.

Mercedes-Benz Citan – Luxury Meets Practicality

If you're in the market for a small-sized van that exudes luxury without compromising on practicality, the Mercedes-Benz Citan is the answer. This van combines the renowned Mercedes-Benz elegance with the functionality required for a successful trade business.

The Citan's compact dimensions make it easy to navigate through urban landscapes, while the attention to detail in the interior ensures a comfortable and professional driving experience. The ergonomic design of the controls and seats reflects Mercedes-Benz's commitment to driver well-being.

Under the hood, the Citan delivers impressive fuel efficiency, keeping your running costs in check. The option for an electric variant also positions the Citan as a forward-thinking choice for tradespeople looking to embrace sustainable practices (especially those who work in ULEZ zones).

Renault Kangoo – The Efficient Work Partner

Efficiency is the name of the game, and the Renault Kangoo stands out as a reliable and efficient work partner for tradespeople on the go. With its functional design and economic performance, the Kangoo is tailored to meet the demands of your trade business.

The sliding side doors and low-load lip make loading and unloading a breeze, saving you time and effort on every job. The flexible seating options allow you to customise the interior to suit your specific needs, whether you need extra seating or additional cargo space.

Renault has also introduced an electric version of the Kangoo, providing an eco-friendly alternative for tradespeople looking to reduce their carbon footprint. The electric Kangoo maintains the practicality and versatility of its conventional counterpart while contributing to a cleaner environment.

Peugeot Partner – A Stylish Performer

For tradespeople who appreciate a touch of style without compromising on performance, the Peugeot Partner is a stylish performer that stands out in the crowded van market. With its sleek exterior and thoughtfully designed interior, the Partner is as easy on the eyes as it is on the road.

The Partner's i-Cockpit® design puts essential controls at your fingertips, creating a comfortable and ergonomic driving experience. The practical features, such as the load-through bulkhead and optional Grip Control, enhance the van's adaptability to different working conditions.

Peugeot has also embraced the electric revolution, offering an electric version of the Partner for tradespeople looking to make the switch to a more sustainable mode of transportation.

Nissan NV200 – Compact and Capable

If you're in search of a compact van that doesn't compromise on capability, the Nissan NV200 is a top contender. Known for its reliability and efficiency, the NV200 is designed to handle the challenges of a trade business with ease.

The compact dimensions of the NV200 make it easy to navigate tight spaces and crowded streets, while the spacious cargo area ensures that your tools and materials are securely stowed. The sliding side doors and low-load floor enhance accessibility, saving you time on every job.

Nissan has also introduced an electric variant of the NV200, known as the e-NV200, for tradespeople looking to make the transition to electric vehicles. With zero-emission driving and the same practical features as its conventional counterpart, the e-NV200 is a smart choice for the environmentally conscious tradesperson.

Vauxhall Combo – Practicality at its Best

Last but certainly not least, the Vauxhall Combo is a van that embodies practicality at its best. With its robust design and smart features, the Combo is well-equipped to handle the demands of your trade business while keeping you comfortable on the road.

The Combo's versatile load space and innovative FlexCargo® system allow you to customise the interior to accommodate both tools and cargo. The ergonomic cabin design and intuitive controls create a driver-focused environment, ensuring that you're in control, no matter the job.

Vauxhall offers a range of efficient engine options, including a turbocharged diesel engine, providing the power needed for your trade while keeping fuel costs in check. The Combo's compact size makes it agile in city traffic, making every journey a hassle-free experience.

Get Your Trade Insurance with Rhino Trade Insurance

Choosing the right small-sized van for your trade business in 2024 is no easy feat, given the array of fantastic options available. Each van on this list brings its own unique blend of style, functionality, and performance to the table. Whether you prioritise reliability, efficiency, or a touch of luxury, there's a small-sized van that suits your needs.

And with that said, it's worth noting not to forget your trade insurance. If you are on the lookout for quality, low-cost cover, then look no further than Rhino Trade Insurance. We can offer you five-star protection that is unique to your trade and won't break the bank. Give us a call for more info today - 0116 243 7904. 

About The Author Phil McCormick

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