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With the wide range of financial benefits and convenience behind contract hiring a vehicle, it makes perfect sense to lease rather than finance a medium duty vehicle. This is especially true when contracting a fleet of vehicles for your business, as your company will reap the benefits in terms of tax, warranty and professional image. So now you have made a great choice in deciding to lease a van, which particular vehicle is best for you?

Small Van

Small vans are very similar to cars in their shape and size, but with a cube-shaped storage section at the back of the vehicle. This compartment is taller and wider than the front of the van to allow more room. The fuel economy for this type of van is typically very good, making it the perfect choice for transporting small and medium sized tools.
An example of a small van is the Ford Transit Connect 200 Diesel with electric front windows, full steel bulkhead and 15” steel wheels.

Medium Van

Medium sized vans can transport a respectable amount of weight and have a large enough volume without taking up too much space on narrow roads. Offering an option between a small vehicle and a commercial sized box-van, medium vans are extremely fuel efficient and are relatively cheap to run.
If you are interested in leasing a medium sized van, check out the Fiat Doblo Cargo Maxi LWB Diesel

Box Van

This type of van is usually between 4m and 7m in length and has a cuboid-shaped loading area. At the back there is often a roll-up door but other standard door options can apply. A box van is perfect for transporting small pieces of furniture and household appliances, making them ideal for home removal services.
The Renault Master Diesel RWD is a great choice if you are looking to lease a box van. With ABS, 16” wheels and remote central locking this van becomes the handy-man’s right hand van!

Large Van

Large vans are usually put into three categories; short wheelbase, standard wheelbase and long wheelbase. Sometimes the categories are low roof, standard roof and high roof. These vehicles are built to handle higher volumes and heavier weight loads but squeezing them around small, tight streets may prove difficult.
An example of a large van is the Peugeot Boxer 335 L3 Diesel. This is a 2.2 HDi H2 Van 130ps and is equipped with 10 interior tie-down hooks.


Dropside vans are what their title suggests; the cargo area has an open top and shallow side walls that drop down for easy access. This vehicle is commonly used in the construction and gardening industries respectively.
The Toyota Dyna SWB Diesel is a great example of a high quality dropside van, with 144hp and 200 alloy dropside D-4D properties.

Pick Up

A pick up is similar to a dropside in that it has an enclosed cabin area and an open cargo area. Some standard models have two seats in the cabin, whereas advanced models have both front and rear seating. These vehicles are usually 4-wheel drive and therefore ideal for off road ventures.
If you are looking for a pick up then the Nissan Navara Diesel Special Edition is worth a look, 190 BHP and a top speed of 112mph.


A Luton van is a popular choice of vehicle that incorporates an enclosed cargo box body that extends over the driver’s cab. Named after the town it derived from in Bedfordshire, these vans often come with a load lift at the back. These are another popular choice for removals.


Again, very similar to a dropside van but instead of/as well as folding side doors, a tipper also has a hydraulic ram that pushes the front of the load area up. This tips the load out of the back and onto the floor. This function makes a tipper van the ideal choice for transporting raw materials, such as sand.
Volkswagen Crafter Cr35 LWB Diesel is a great choice of tipper vehicle, boasting a wide range of interior features.


Minibuses are usually the same shape and size as medium vans, but with windows instead of opaque panels. Commonly used as taxis, a minibus can contain between 8 and 16 passenger seats and can also be fitted with wheelchair lifts/ramps.
If you are looking to lease a minibus then take a look at the Mercedes-Benz Citan Traveliner Long Diesel.

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