Which van do I want for family use?
Not a camper and not interested in conversion
I’m after a van to replace our ‘second car’ Smax will be daily use car and van will be my occasional commuter / days out / trips / camping transport vehicle.
• Around £8K but ideally not been round the globe twice on mileage
• Seat 5 (but must have three rear seats)
• Windows for rear seat passengers
• Not commercial registration (so can drive at 70)
• Sensible MPG
• Relatively refined drive
• Rear bulkhead between cargo area and seats
• good sized cargo area
• Not going to cost a fortune in repairs / maintenance
Moon on a stick?Posted 3 years agosoma_richMember
Mazda Bongo minus on of the rear benches?Posted 3 years ago
I’m running something similar to what you want with a Dispatch Combi swb. 6 seats (in 2 rows), bulkhead, 4 x full size bikes (front wheels out) on a shelf 2/3 depth of the boot, extra tie-downs etc. Huge tailgate is ace as a shelter.
Insurance happy bulkhead / bike carrier improved safety and wasn’t classed as modified as it bolts into existing mounting points. Not a bad van, 1.6 is slow and still fairly pricy to tax – I imagine 2.0 will be even more expensive on tax. I think you’ll find it very slow compared to S Max. Could probably be much improved with a remap – the power and torque curves are very flattened compared to other versions of the 1.6 HDI (I guess to protect the gearbox if towing fully laden).
Same vehicle available from Peugeot, Fiat and now Toyota. If haggling second hand, worth knowing that the new purchase price was almost certainly 20-25% below list.
The only off the shelf option I found was a Transit Connect (they do a clever sliding steel mesh bulkhead that goes behind the rear seats and pushes forward on tracks if you fold seat up). However Connect maybe not be enough space for you, and not sure what Crew van / Tourneo come registered as on the V5 (but I guess could be changed to dual purpose vehicle to get car speed limits).
Doublecabin is a very solid conversion but pricy (£2k). http://doublecabin.co.uk/Posted 3 years agoNorthCountryBoyMember
You probably want a really nice VW T5 Kombi. But at 8k you will have to over look one of your requirements, so probably going to have high miles.
So the next option is probably the Renault Trafic as said before.
That said im selling my T5 shuttle for 10k if you can stretch your budget.Posted 3 years ago
5 seats opening side windows tail gate air con 72.000 miles 1.9 tdinorthernmattMember
Probably a bit small compared to what you’re getting rid of but what about a Berlingo Multispace? Mine came with a net type affair that fixes to the boot and a couple of points on inside of the roof to act as a bulkhead. Not tried to fit anything more than one bike at the minute but it swallowed that with the wheels off. Oh yeah and you will see horror stories about the 1.6HDI engine but if looked after it’ll be fine. Mine was £6900 with 40k miles on it in the 3.5yrs before me.Posted 3 years ago
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