Delivery Vehicles:
A Van Guide For Couriers

Couriers need delivery vehicles. It’s a simple fact. You can try doing the job on foot if you want, but your range and load capacity will be limited. And that’s why most couriers in the UK right now use vans.

For that reason, we’ve created a guide of some of the best vehicles for courier work that are currently available to choose from, along with some of the good and bad points to each category and variant.

Vehicle Wheelbase Sizes and Gross Vehicle Weights (GVW)

One thing that we should draw your attention to from the start. Van sizes are typically based around ‘wheelbases’ and Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). These are a way of categorising the length of the chassis the vehicle is built upon, and the maximum authorised weight the vehicle is allowed to be once loaded.

The problem with this is that sometimes it causes confusion. That’s because all sizes of vans come with different wheelbases. For example, you can get a long-wheelbase small van, and a short wheelbase large van.

We’ve tried to break our list down into sections to make it easier to understand the van sizes and platforms available.

Small Vans

Documents and small packages make up a large portion of courier jobs. This is where small vans become the essential delivery vehicles to have. There are plenty of models to choose from too. The good thing for anyone looking for a van like this, is that there are hardly any bad choices. Most of these vans will make a great choice for your company.


Citroen Berlingo

This is now Citroen’s smallest van offering, since they dropped the ultra-small ‘Nemo’ from their range.

View the Citroen Berlingo here

Fiat Fiorino

This is Fiat’s version of Citroens Nemo (now discontinued). It’s tiny, but efficient. You’ll be able to park this thing in the smallest of spaces when working in city centres

Fiat Doblo

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Ford Transit Connect

The larger sibling of Ford’s small van range, of which it has a few options (although we’ve not included the Fiesta Van in our selection).

Ford Transit Courier

Ford’s micro-sized van. Slightly larger load space than a Fiesta van but actually built on a dedicated van chassis instead of adapted from a car.

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Mercedes Citan

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Peugeot Partner

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Vauxhall Combo

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Midi Vans

Citroen Dispatch

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Fiat Talento

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Ford Transit Custom

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Mercedes Vito

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Peugeot Expert

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Vauxhall Vivaro

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SWB (Short Wheelbase) Vans

Citroen Relay L1

The baby in the Relay range is one of the most capable delivery vehicles. Using a 2.2Hdi engine with 120hp means it’s got plenty of power to cope with the size/weights you’d be working with. The same engine is used across the range and is generally well received.

The 90 litre fuel tank in the Relay range, coupled with steady driving, should mean excellent range (>650 miles with ease on a tank).

Citroens aren’t generally the most luxurious build quality, but this is a work-horse not your Sunday best.

Fiat Ducato L1

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Ford Transit L1

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Mercedes Sprinter L1

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Peugeot Boxer L1

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Vauxhall Movano L1

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MWB (Medium Wheelbase) Vans

Citroen Relay L2

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Fiat Ducato L2

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Ford Transit L2

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Mercedes Sprinter L1

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Peugeot Boxer L2

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Vauxhall Movano L2

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LWB (Long Wheelbase) Vans

Citroen Relay L3

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Fiat Ducato L3

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Ford Transit L3

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Mercedes Sprinter L1

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Peugeot Boxer L3

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Vauxhall Movano L3

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XLWB (Extra-Long Wheelbase) Vans

Citroen Relay L4

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Fiat Ducato L4

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Ford Transit L4

Once known as ‘The Jumbo’, Ford seems to have tried to drop that name in favour of just using the L4 tag that most extra-long wheelbase vans use. This is a 4-pallet rated van, and if you get the ‘Trend’ model they have a plastic flooring that makes sliding pallets in and out a lot easier. But remember to use straps or goods tend to move around in transit.

The big Transit is a strong and versatile beast. It carries slightly less weight than the Citroen/Fiat/Peugeot range, but more than the Mercedes/VW competitors in this range.

Its load space is also a perfect middle-of-the-range option as it’s longer than the C/F/P models, but slightly shorter than M/VW.

Iveco Daily

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Mercedes Sprinter L3 (Classed as LWB in the Mercedes range)

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Peugeot Boxer L4

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Vauxhall Movano L4

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More Information

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