Best van leasing deals 2021

Best van leasing deals 2021

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If you want one the latest vans for your business but aren’t too keen on the commitments associated with ownership, leasing could be the ideal solution. A Business Contract Hire (BCH) plan allows you to effectively rent a van for a set monthly fee. The best van leasing deals can prove very cost effective, and some plans even offer a maintenance plan add-on, meaning full peace of mind.BCH contracts typically last between 24-48 months, and you will need to pay an initial fee (usually the equivalent cost of around 6 monthly payments) at the start. One of the potential downsides of leasing, though, is that these plans come with a yearly mileage allowance that will incur an additional fee that is charged per mile exceeded, which could be very costly.As…
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Volkswagen ID.Buzz electric van teased ahead of 2022 launch

Volkswagen ID.Buzz electric van teased ahead of 2022 launch

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Following spy shots that emerged of the new Volkswagen ID.Buzz van testing the firm has revealed a new teaser image of the electric ID.Buzz people carrier. Published by VW brand chief executive office Ralf Brandstatter, the retro-themed model will go on sale next year in people carrier and van form as a rival to the Mercedes EQV.Volkswagen’s aim for the project is to revive the iconic, multipurpose Type 2 campervan of the 1950s but with a modern EV twist – and this teaser image shows how the new ID.Buzz will adopt some of its great grandfather’s styling cues.The deep swept-back windscreen and smooth surfacing are reminiscent of the old Type 2, as is the placement of the badge on the vehicle’s nose. We’re also expecting the production model will be…
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Most economical vans 2021/2022

Most economical vans 2021/2022

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Fuel economy is an important factor to consider when choosing a van, as it can have a big impact on your financial outgoings. Here we list the vans, pick-up trucks and commercial 4x4s offering the best fuel economy figures, to help you make the most informed choice.No matter which model you choose, the biggest influence on your real-world fuel economy will come down to payload, your driving style and even the weather conditions, with cold conditions even affecting the stop-start function included on some models. But, the industry shift to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) means official fuel economy figures are now much more achievable than under the old regime, which tended to produce overly optimistic results.Crucially, the combined WLTP fuel economy figures are calculated in a…
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Renault Master van review

Renault Master van review

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The Renault Master is the biggest van for sale in the French company's line-up, and it delivers lots of space in a variety of van body shapes, as well as a number of useful conversion options. An update in 2019 introduced revised 2.3 dCi diesel engines with improved emissions, thanks to the addition of selective catalytic reduction (SCR), while twin-turbocharging helps efficiency as well as performance.The update in 2019 also introduced a revised look for the Renault Master. It now has a more upright grille that is flanked by angular headlamps that feature Renault's signature C-shaped daytime running lights. Additional chrome trim on the nose features on higher spec models to give the van a bit more of a lift.The updates in 2019 left the load area unchanged, save for the addition of LED interior…
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Citroen Relay van review

Citroen Relay van review

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The Citroen Relay has been a popular panel van for many years, in part due to some favourable finance offers from Citroen. It first arrived in 2006, and in 2014 an updated and improved version was launched to keep pace with its main rivals: the Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter.It was updated again with the addition of Euro 6 emissions-compliant diesel engines in 2016, while a further revision in 2021 ensured the Relay was Euro 6.3-compliant, and introduced a new trim level structure.The Relay, known as the Citroen Jumper everywhere other than the UK, uses a bodyshell and platform that's shared with the Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato - in fact, there are so few differences between the three vans that it can be hard to tell them apart. The one…
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New Peugeot e-Partner van 2021 review

New Peugeot e-Partner van 2021 review

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VerdictWe haven’t got many bad words to say about the Peugeot e-Partner. It drives well, it has a decent payload, it’s well-equipped and it has a perfectly serviceable electric range. Our only concern was the price. At more than £31,000, you’re paying out a lot more up front for the e-Partner than you would for its diesel equivalent but, factor in the fuel savings over the first few years of ownership, and you’ll be quids in before you know it.Stellantis has thrown its full weight behind electrifying its commercial vehicle line-up – and the company is starting to get to the pointy end of its strategy. The new Peugeot e-Partner is the latest addition to the range, joining the mid-sized e-Expert and large e-Boxer. The move means Peugeot (and its sister…
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New 2022 Renault Kangoo E-Tech electric van breaks cover with 186-mile range

New 2022 Renault Kangoo E-Tech electric van breaks cover with 186-mile range

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Renault has added another electric model to its line-up with the new Kangoo E-Tech. It’ll go on sale in spring 2022, sitting alongside its combustion-powered counterpart and becoming a new rival for the likes of the Citroen e-Berlingo and Peugeot e-Partner.The new Renault Kangoo E-Tech electric features a 121bhp electric motor which is powered by a 45kWh battery pack placed under the van’s floor. Renault claims a maximum range of 186 miles. Regenerative braking with three set positions can be used, while there’s also an Eco drive mode designed for maximising range when the vehicle is carrying a light load. When connected to an 80kW DC rapid charger, the battery can receive 106 miles of range in around 30 minutes. A 15–100 percent charge takes around four hours using a three-phase…
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New Fiat Scudo and Ulysse to offer electric powertrains

New Fiat Scudo and Ulysse to offer electric powertrains

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The Fiat Scudo van and Ulysse MPV have been off sale in Britain for quite some time, but the Italian firm is bringing them back in 2022 with a multitude of configurations and powertrains. Stellantis-owned Fiat will use the EMP2 platform shared with the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert to bring back the Scudo and Ulysse nameplates to Britain. The platform also allows for all-electric models, named e-Scudo and e-Ulysse to accompany Fiat’s sole electric van, the e-Ducato. While no performance figures have been released yet for the all-electric models, if we take Citroen’s e-Dispatch electric van as a marker then expect a 50kWh or a 75kWh battery with 144 or 205 miles of maximum range. No details have been revealed on the internal combustion-engined variants either, but they’ll likely receive the new…
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Citroen Ami Cargo confirmed for UK launch in 2022

Citroen Ami Cargo confirmed for UK launch in 2022

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Citroen has confirmed it will double up its offering for the new Ami electric quadricycle in the UK by bringing the Ami Cargo last-mile-delivery van variant to Britain. More than 14,000 UK customers have registered an interest for the passenger version of the Ami, and 1,400 of them have already placed a £250 refundable deposit to reserve one. UK prices are yet to be confirmed but, in its home market of France, the Ami Cargo starts from €6,490 (around £5,600), including a €900 subsidy from the French government. The UK currently doesn’t have any subsidies for electric vehicles of this size, so we expect prices to push past £6,000 by the time the Ami Cargo hops over the Channel.The tiny electric courier van looks pretty much identical to the passenger-carrying Ami from…
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Top 10 best medium panel vans 2021

Top 10 best medium panel vans 2021

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The medium-sized panel van is a staple of countless hard-working fleets across the UK. These vans offer more space than a small or car-based van, without being as bulky as a large panel van. This makes them easier to maneuver both in the busy city streets and twisting country roads. Modern vans in this class are also fitted with many of the luxuries and technology features seen in family cars, making them more pleasant to drive. But which should you choose? We rank our 10 favourites.Buy a medium-sized van, and you're buying a versatile set of wheels. There's usually space for three up front, while the payload area can carry at least two Europallets with ease. Cargo volume is useful, while payload weights can often match, or even exceed, those…
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