LCV sales in the UK remain at record levels and 2017 has been a great year for the market, so here are the contenders which vied for the top spot in 2017.
Ford Transit Custom
Sitting pretty in first place with over 47,000 units sold, Ford’s mid-sized Transit model has been impossible to beat, thanks to its value for money, stylish design and a good selection of equipment and body styles. Van sales may have wavered in November, but the Transit Custom is still king of the castle.
The fully-fledged Transit panel van has been an icon of the British van market for decades and continues to fare well in the modern era, in spite of the fact that it is actually outdone by some of its rivals in terms of payload capacity. The excellent driving experience and affordability help to make it a popular choice nevertheless.
The premium badge on the bonnet helps to sell the Sprinter to many businesses, even if the upfront cost is a little higher. For more cash, you also get impressive reliability and great overall build quality, although if you pick it, it’s a good idea to install van locks from http://www.vehicle-accessories.net/Security/Van-Locks/Deadlocks-Van-Locks to deter crooks.
Like the Sprinter, the Transporter benefits from being a higher end LCV which can be tricked out with plenty of bells and whistles. It has a reputation for attitude and sportiness, even if it is just as practical for day to day commercial use as its better selling competitors.
Ford Transit Connect
Ford’s dominance of the van market is made apparent by the strong sales of the most compact Transit model. It drives like a car, has a roomy cab and comfortable seating as well as coming in various flexible setups to suit different business types.
The Vivaro may not be quite as successful as the market leaders in terms of pure sales, but the fact that it is built in the UK helps to make it a good choice for those who want to support the domestic vehicle market and also get their hands on a well designed, modern van.
Small, stylish and with low running costs to boot, the Partner is one of PSA’s better LCV options. Cousin to the Citroen Berlingo, it has a good overall reputation.