The best fishing vans: Caddy-sized vans

The best fishing vans: Caddy-sized vans

A van is ideal for fishing but with plenty to choose from it's tough to buy the best for your needs.

Handily, we work alongside the automotive boffins at Parkers, so we tapped into their wisdom to bring you a comprehensive guide to the best fishing vans on the market.

We made sure they understood the need for a rod holdhall to fit (and told them about other requests anglers might have) then let them compile this list.

Here we're explore the current crop of small (VW Caddy-style) vans, but if you want something larger then we've also got a guide for you.

NOTE: All finance costs are based on contract hire over three years and 10,000 miles per annum. Prices found via Parkers' lease-comparison tool

Sample insurance quotes from comparison site based on a 46-year-old self-employed married male living in Hertfordshire with nine years' no-claims discount and no claims or convictions.

VW Caddy Maxi

What Parkers say:

The Caddy Maxi is the long-wheelbase version of the regular Caddy and comes with decent fit and finish right from the base model upwards.

The interior uses bits you’ll also find in VW cars, while the engines are punchy and efficient. A full-height bulkhead and eight load-lashing rings are standard.

Full Parkers review.

Cheapest insurance quote: £584.64

Ford Transit Connect L2

What Parkers say:

As with most Fords, the Transit Connect is good to drive with an impressive blend of comfort and composure, a spacious cab and keen pricing.

You’ll want to check the load area fits your kit carefully, however, as even this longer L2 version has a bulkhead that bulges out into the load area at the top.

Full Parkers review.

Cheapest insurance quote: £493.68

Peugeot Partner L2/Citroen Berlingo L2

What Parkers say:

Identical vans with different branding, the Partner and Berlingo are getting on a bit now.

But they should be cheap to run, and although the load area isn’t the longest – even on the bigger L2 models – it is wide.

Optional Grip Control system is handy for tackling slippery ground, including mud.

Full Parkers review of the Peugeot Partner.

Full Parkers review of the Citroen Berlingo.

Cheapest insurance quote: £494.80

Fiat Doblo Cargo Maxi/Vauxhall Combo L2

What Parkers say:

An underrated pair of twins, these vans are neat and tidy to drive, have loads of in-cab storage and offer a wider than average variety of bodystyles, including an unusual high-roof version which boosts load volume to 5.0 cubic metres.

Traction+ system provides additional grip in slippery conditions.

Full Parkers review of the Fiat Doblo Cargo Maxi.

Full Parkers review of the Vauxhall Combo L2.

Cheapest insurance quote: £455.60

Renault Kangoo Maxi/Mercedes-Benz Citan Extra-long

What Parkers say:

An unusual pairing – both built by Renault in France.

And though the Mercedes does get some chassis changes it’s doesn’t get any real upgrades inside, and the cab is perhaps the worst thing about these.

Automatic gearbox on these is rather good, rest is a bit meh. Not our first choice.

Full Parkers review of the Renault Kangoo Maxi.

Full Parkers review of the Mercedes-Benz Citan Extra-Long.

Cheapest insurance quote: £547.31

Nissan NV200

What Parkers say:

While the load area is big in terms of volume, its length is probably marginal for fishing gear.

Ungainly appearance and lacklustre driving experience means it’s best left to business rather than pleasure use – though the electric e-NV200 has a 174-mile range, which is as good as you can get.

Full Parkers review.

Cheapest insurance quote: £452.24

*Deals are correct at time of publication. Everyone’s financial circumstances are different and credit is not always available – Parkers cannot recommend a deal for you specifically. These deals are indicative examples of some packages available this week.

*Insurance quotes will vary depending on individual circumstances