Commercial Vehicle of the Year – 2019 Best Medium Van
The white-van man (or woman) is a common sight in many parts of the world. It should be here, too.
There’s a lot to like about vans in general, and the latest crop in particular. They don’t have the macho appeal of a jacked-up tradie ute, but they do offer loads of practicality that, sometimes, a ute just can’t match. And they’ve never been better to own or drive.
How do they compare on price?
The Renault Trafic Trader Life is easily the cheapest van of this group to buy. At $32,990 (and there are often drive-away deals being done in Renault showrooms), it represents the smallest initial hit.
Hyundai’s iLoad is next, although it’s a big jump to the South Korean’s $41,790 sticker, putting the Renault into sharp perspective. That said, you can see how Renault has managed this: the Trafic lacks a fair bit of kit and, for instance, is the only van here not to feature a reversing camera (a crucial piece of safety gear in vehicles like these).
Much better equipped with convenience and safety gear is the Peugeot Expert, which has a price tag of $42,490, but smashes the iLoad and Trafic on safety equipment and even runs to convenience gear such as automatic wipers and headlights.
The Ford Transit is the best match for the Peugeot in what-you-get-for-your-money terms, provided you stump up the extra $1600 for the Technology Pack that endows the Ford with an impressive safety package including (like the Peugeot) autonomous emergency braking. That, however, takes the Transit to a hefty $48,040 sticker.
Only the Ford offers inbuilt sat-nav, while the Peugeot and Hyundai make do with Apple CarPlay. And for digital radio, you’ll need the Transit as it’s the only one with a DAB-capable head unit.