Pouring out money on a guzzling gasoline tank might not exactly be one of the things that you truly relish and cherish. Though not all vans are up to the test when compared to the fuel economy of cars, but economical diesel models are found often enough. The small commercial vehicles that follow in the list below are a better alternative, if you do not need high payloads.
1. Ford Fiesta Van ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi
Among the various vans that are on sale in the market, the Fiesta from Ford overwhelms others in terms of popularity and it is not difficult to gauge the reason behind it. It provides an excellent drive and the ECOnetic strain is highly fuel efficient as well. The engine of the 1.6 TDCi variety has punch and is strong as well and is noted for its fuel efficiency of 85.6 miles per gallon.
2. Vauxhall Corsavan 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX
Though the engine, an 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX, is smaller than the Fiesta model from the Ford Marque, the Vauxhall Corsavan still can’t beat the Fiesta in terms of fuel economy. But admittedly, at 83.1 miles per gallon, it still runs pretty cheap.
3. Fiat Punto Van 1.3 MultiJet
The Punto from the eponymous line of Fiat is solely available in a 1.3 MultiJet diesel engine variety. The figure of economy of the combined cycle when fitted with a stop and start stands at an impressive 80.7 miles to the gallon. It effectively carves out a niche for itself as a frugal albeit a small little van suitable for deliveries.
4. MINI Clubvan Cooper
The Clubvan from MINI owes its inspiration to the Clubman estate. A relative newcomer, the Clubvan’s tailgate door is split with the presence of a small side door as well. But it’s really more about style and at 72.4 miles per gallon, practicability.
5. Peugeot Bipper 1.3 HDi EGC
Unlike its predecessors in this list, the Bipper from Peugeot is not based on a car but has a built with purpose as a van. This results in load areas that are far more practical. The load volume stands at 2.5m3 and it possesses a large sliding door on the sides. It even has folding seats for passengers. All this is made even further impressive with a fuel efficiency of 68.9 miles to the gallon.
6. Fiat Fiorino – 1.3 MultiJet Comfort-Matic
The Fiorino from Fiat owes its inspiration to the Bipper and both the models strike you with their similarity. The automated manual gearbox is economical but the standard manual better.
7. Citroen Nemo 1.3 HDi EGS
The Nemo from Citroen has for its design basis the Bipper and Fiorino. Characterized by a similarly short length, it is good on the road and defies its size to become quite spacious. The automated gearbox variant has improved emissions. It has a fuel efficiency of 65.7 mpg.
Another vehicle worth considering is a Renault Traffic for lease due to their fusion of performance and efficiency.