We’ve just been looking for a vehicle that would carry our two dogs, bikes, camping gear, could carry 5 people and would have enough room for two of us to sleep in overnight.
We spent months looking at vans, pickups and estate cars before finally deciding on a Transporter Kombi purely due to the extra space, especially height. The rear seats either fold forward or come out completely giving loads of room and the load area can be accessed from the front cab without having to get out.
We did look at an L200, but thought that the load space was too small and it didn't drive particulary well. We found it a bit bouncy, uncomfortable and the steering was a bit vague.
I think the load length on an L200 is 1505mm against a Transporter which is 2353mm and the width is 1470mm against 1692mm in the Transporter. The main difference though is the height which I think from memory was around 900mm with a hardtop fitted, whereas the van is 1394mm.
We did very nearly buy a Renault Trafic LWB crew van purely on price, but the fact that it had fixed rear seats and bulkhead put us off. It meant that we couldn’t access the load compartment from the cab or remove the rear seats; unlike the Transporter.
Just for reference on prices, a 140ps Transporter Kombi with all electric, metallic, alloys, cruise control etc etc was around £20k +vat . A LWB Renault Trafic Sport crew van which comes with everything but the kitchen sink was £14595 +vat.