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What are the best vans in the UK for fuel economy?

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What are the best vans in the UK for fuel economy?

In 2020, the fuel economy of vans is a more important than ever, not only because of the cost, but also because of the environmental impact.

In this post we are going to help you understand and choose the best van for fuel economy in the UK right now.

If you want to skip the specifics and head straight to the vans, click here.



MPG is short for miles-per-gallon, and looks at how many miles you can drive on your vehicle on a single UK gallon of fuel (4.55 litres).

The problem with MPG is that it’s a very rough figure. It’s a loose guide that is affected by a swathe of other considerations such as load, tyres, speed, engine size amongst other things.



Have you ever purchased new or better tyres and noticed the difference in your fuel consumption?

Not all tyres are made equal. It is law that all tyres sold in EU countries, should have a label outlining the performance. This includes;

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Braking and wet grip
  • Levels of emitted noise

The lower the average rolling resistance the better for energy and fuel efficiency. The best tyres in this category will have “Class A” on the label.

We could write a whole article on this, looking at the build quality, size, treads and pressure. The important thing for this article though is looking at the fuel efficiency class of your tyres.


Loads and weight

Let’s start with the easy and simple numbers. The United States Environmental Protection Agency cites research that for every 100 pounds taken out of the vehicle, the fuel economy is increased by 1-2 percent.

Based on a gallon of petrol (4.55 litres) costing £5.642 (£1.24 per litre) a saving of 1-2 percent, you could save up to £0.11 per gallon.


Engine size

Bigger is better right? Well bigger engines have more capacity to burn fuel. This means they consume more fuel (faster burn rate), but the result is both more speed and more power.

You will often find that larger vehicles have larger engines because they require the extra power to cope with the weight of the vehicle, and or its potential load capacity. If you have a big van, that often carries heavy loads, a bigger engine may be required.

Therefore, you should carefully consider you really need a bigger engine or not, because if you don’t you are burning fuel, and spending money you didn’t need to.


There is a wide array of factors affecting fuel consumption. Some will have more impact that others. Consider wisely.


Best small UK vans for fuel efficiency

At Vans365 we measure fuel economy in three ways;

  • Extra Urban
  • Urban
  • Combined (the overall figure)

For each of the vans we will show you the fuel economy ratings for each, to help you make the best possible choice.


Ford Transit Courier

Citroen Berlingo

Peugeot Partner

Fiat Fiorino

Ford Transit Connect

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

Mercedes-Benz Citan


Best large UK vans for fuel efficiency (Panel Vans)


Nissan Nv200

Vauxhall Vivaro

Citroen Dispatch

Toyota Proace

Ford Transit Custom

Volkswagen Transporter

Ford Transit

Mercedes-Benz Vito


Fuel efficiency is just one way you can measure the performance of your van, be it big or small. It is not however, the only way you should choose a van.


If you are stuck, get in touch with one of our team….