Best big panel vans 2019

9 Jan, 2018 11:00am Dean Gibson

Seeking a new big van? Our guide to the best large panel vans will help you find the perfect model…

Choose the best large panel van, and you'll be getting one of the most versatile vehicles on the market. With big payloads and even greater cargo volume, if you buy a large panel van, there won't be much that you can't carry. These vans also offer the cutting edge in technology, with the latest models featuring kit you'd usually find in cars, as well as improved efficiency and even zero-emissions electric drive if it suits your business.

Go for a large panel van, and you'll likely be offered three lengths and up to three roof heights. There are single and twin-wheel rear axle versions for carrying the biggest payloads, while 4x4 versions with raised ride height are available for more rugged work. But that's not all, because large panel vans form the basis of a vast number of conversions. Some conversions are available directly from the factory, but there are also plenty of approved companies willing to convert your large van into whatever you want.

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You'll find crew van, crew cab, tipper and pick-up variants available, while multi-seat minibus versions cater for the private hire market. Conversions include adding racking and other useful features - while the latest large vans are prepped for being kitted out with this kit from the factory. And then there are the campervan conversions, which can turn a basic van into a plush home away from home.

Choosing a chassis cab means you have the world of conversions at your feet. Want a Luton box body with tail-lift? All yours. How about an access platform on a hydraulic lift? Yep. And of course there are big motorhome conversions available that offer all the mod cons you could desire.

Renault Master

A large van is still a van with purpose, so unlike mid-sized models they're still pretty van-like to drive, but they do now come with technology that only used to be seen on cars. Lane departure, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and rear traffic alert all help with manoeuvring these big machines, complementing standard kit such as large wing mirrors with wide-angle glass, and of couse the high driving position that these vans offer.

Diesel power is the order of the day, as the fuel offers the best mix of economy and pulling power. However, electric drive is on the rise, with a number of makers offering EVs for companies that deliver in emissions control areas. These vans have enough range to do a days' work, while the all-important cargo volume is unaffected.

It's worth noting that the biggest large vans don't necessarily have the largest payloads. These vans need to have a gross weight that doesn't exceed 3.5 tonnes, otherwise they're no longer classed as light commercial vehicles, and you can't drive them on a standard car licence. If payload rather than cargo volume is important to you, it could be worthwhile looking at a slightly smaller van so you don't break the limit.

Check out the links on the left or below to see our favourite big vans, and then click through for the full jumbo-bg review of each of the models listed...

Best large panel vans 2019

  1. 1. Mercedes Sprinter
  2. 2. Volkswagen Crafter
  3. 3. MAN TGE
  4. 4. Ford Transit
  5. 5. Renault Master/Nissan NV400
  6. 6. Vauxhall Movano
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  8. 8. Fiat Ducato
  9. 9. Iveco Daily
  10. 10. LDV V80

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