Obviously, there are many types of commercial vehicles, ranging from huge trucks to fleets of limousines and taxis. Whatever kind of vehicle you get, you’re going to need commercial vehicle insurance quotes so you can factor in the cost of insurance.
However, it’s no secret that for most small businesses, a commercial van will do just fine. Many of these vans tend to look alike, though, so if you want to stand out you may want something different. To that end, here are 4 “Eurovans” that don’t just look different. They’re also more efficient, more refined, and more agile than the unwieldy ho-hum vans they’re replacing.
Take a look at these 4 options:
- Ford Transit Connect. This is the vehicle that began the Euro trend in commercial vehicles in the US. It also offers lots of different options. You can get it as a passenger wagon or as a cargo van. You can get the longer wheelbase or the standard one. There are 2 trim levels and the 4-cylinder engine can be 2.5-liter or 1.6-liter.
This is very agile and parking shouldn’t be a problem. It actually drives like a small pickup truck especially in the standard wheelbase. Useful features include a rearview camera for parking and navigation aids. It’s easy to drive as the visibility is outstanding, and its payload capability is quite solid. The 1.6-liter engine will even give you a fuel economy of 25 mpg combined.
On the other hand, even with the base 2.5-liter engine, it’s not really suitable for heavy-duty work. It’s best for light duty only.
- Nissan NV200. This is cargo van with 2 trim choices. You have a sliding door on each side, storage space, and plenty of tie-down points. The van’s CVT can offer good fuel economy at 25 mpg. You also get to enjoy the renowned Nissan reliability, so you’re not plagued with constant repairs. There’s a center console that acts as mobile office and you can fold down the passenger seat to act as a desk for work.
On the other hand the payload rating is very low and the cargo area isn’t really that impressive. Features like the driver interface touchscreen and the rearview camera are also optional.
- RAM ProMaster City. There’s a cargo van version and a passenger wagon version, and each one has 2 trim choices. The only engine choice is the robust 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. It does use a very efficient 9-speed automatic transmission with impressive 178 HP and 174 lb-ft of torque. It’s larger than the Transit Connect and the NV200 with a large cargo space. As a passenger wagon, it can seat 7 people. The steering is very responsive, it’s spacious for the driver, and there’s Bluetooth. The fuel economy isn’t bad at 24 mpg.
On the other hand, the optional navigation system needs a lot more work. The cargo version is also very loud on the highway.
- Mercedes-Benz Metris. You already get prestige points with a Mercedes Benz as your commercial vehicle. This Metris is significantly bigger than the others, and its payload, cargo, and towing capacities are all greater than the others. You can carry a thousand more pounds here than with the NV200 and it can tow vehicles that weigh almost 5,000 pounds. The others can tow only 2,000 pounds except for the NV200, which isn’t rated to tow.
Of course, its greater capacity and size means you get to pay more. Even the fuel economy is worse at 22 mpg.
It’s up to you to determine which of these vehicles suit your needs. However, these just go to show you that you don’t have to limit yourself to bland-looking vans for your business.