Despite many modern MPVs proving they can easily transport a family of seven and all of their belongings, there's no substitute for the good old van when it comes to transporting large loads.
Engine refinement, practicality and interior comfort has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years so if you're in the market for a trusty new van, then now is a good time to invest.
Follow this handy Top 10 guide for a good steer on the best vans money can buy.
Top 10 Vans
The Top 10 Vans for load-lugging
Boasting class-leading build quality, excellent engines across the range and cutting-edge safety features, the Caddy is perfect for those who need a reliable workhorse to shoulder the strain of the daily grind.
Ford has often been attributed for keeping this country running and with vehicles like the excellent Connect, there’s little wonder why. It’s robust, reliable and well established as a class leader. A refreshed version is due at the end of 2013.
Mercedes newcomer may not boast the experience of other models in this list but it brings superb safety features and the best residual values in the market. An intelligent investment.
The impressive chassis on the Vauxhall is made all the better by a brilliant selection of engines. It’s based on the same underpinnings as the Fiat Doblo, but a wider dealer network makes it the sensible choice.
The class-leading cabin, efficient engines and ability to lug up to a tonne make this a brilliant option for anyone with a lot of stuff to transport. A smaller dealer network lets down this otherwise excellent package.
The nippy French offering features a brilliant cabin that when decked out in Enterprise levels of trim, provides almost unrivalled levels of comfort. It’s a well-designed package with the backing of an extensive dealer network.
Despite sharing many of the same underpinnings as the aforementioned Berlingo, the Peugeot goes one step further to deliver an even more professional package. It’s smart, sophisticated and refined.
The NV200 features an absolutely massive load area and an engine line-up that borders on the bulletproof. The only thing preventing the Nissan from getting full marks is the 12,500-mile service interval.
The Kangoo provides the potential customer with a brilliant selection of efficient and reliable engines but its major downfall is its age. The cabin and exterior styling are in need of a refresh to keep it competitive.
The all-electric Kangoo is a brilliant option for those running errands in and around towns and cities. Range anxiety can kick in on longer journeys but when used sensibly, it will be the most economical van on the market.