Vauxhall and Ford best vans for young drivers

The Vauxhall Combo is the best van for younger drivers, according to a new study. analysed 15 of the highest-rated small, medium and large vans across 10 metrics to determine which ranked best in terms of affordability and practicality, to determine which is the best model for young drivers to purchase. 

Looking at factors such as the initial cost of the van, annual tax and insurance, load capacity and fuel consumption, created an index score to rank the vans. 

These are the top 10 vans for young drivers in 2020:

1Vauxhall ComboSmall
2Ford Transit ConnectSmall
3Peugeot PartnerSmall
4Citroen BerlingoSmall
5Peugeot ExpertMedium
6Toyota ProaceMedium
7Volkswagen CaddySmall
8Ford TransitMedium
9Citroen DispatchMedium
10Vauxhall VivaroMedium

The Vauxhall Combo is the most affordable – a key consideration for younger drivers when investing in their first van. This is followed very closely by the Ford Transit Connect – a smaller version of the Ford Transit van.

Both vans scored highly due to the low annual running costs and an affordable price tag. For drivers looking for a small run-around van that is cheap to run, and are less reliant on space, these could be the perfect solution.

These are the cheapest vans to run annually:

VanCost of vanCost to insureFuel cost per yearCost of taxTotal annual cost
Vauxhall Combo£17,515.83£1,156.44£619.71£265.00£2,041.14
Citroen Berlingo£25,252.50£1,156.44£623.29£265.00£2,044.73
Ford Transit Connect£16,182.50£1,156.44£649.56£265.00£2,070.99
Peugeot Partner£18,303.18£1,156.44£755.83£265.00£2,177.26

Dan McCulloch, van insurance expert at, said: “Choosing your van is an exciting step when starting out in a new trade or job. But now with so many different types of van available, making the right choice can be overwhelming.

“For most young van drivers, choosing one that is affordable, especially if you’re starting on an apprentice wage, is a key consideration. But also making sure you have the right size van for what you need is important. 

“To help you make the right decision, our expert guide on the best vans for young drivers will point you in the right direction for the best van for your needs, and how much you can expect to pay to run it each year.”

Click here for more information on the best vans for young drivers study.

1 thought on “Vauxhall and Ford best vans for young drivers”

  1. Paul Whitehead

    I bought a brand new Vivaro. In the first year I had 2 oil leaks, the turbo went and the roof leaked.
    The van is now 4 years old and has covered just 30,000 miles, yet every time I use it, it has another issue. The brake lights stopped working twice, Hill start assistance won’t work and there are numerous warnings on the dashboard. I wouldn’t recommend a Vauxhall to my worst enemy. It is the only vehicle I have owned in 35 years which doesn’t even have a clock! It spends more time in the garage than on the road.

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