The Vauxhall Combo is the best van for younger drivers, according to a new study.
Confused.com 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, Confused.com created an index score to rank the vans.
These are the top 10 vans for young drivers in 2020:
Rank Van Size 1 Vauxhall Combo Small 2 Ford Transit Connect Small 3 Peugeot Partner Small 4 Citroen Berlingo Small 5 Peugeot Expert Medium 6 Toyota Proace Medium 7 Volkswagen Caddy Small 8 Ford Transit Medium 9 Citroen Dispatch Medium 10 Vauxhall Vivaro Medium
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:
Van Cost of van Cost to insure Fuel cost per year Cost of tax Total 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 Confused.com, 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.”