The best fishing vans: Transit-sized vans

The best fishing vans: Transit-sized vans
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Buying a fishing van can be a fraught process, so we collared our friends at vehicle-buying bible Parkers and asked them to guide us through these murky waters.

We brought the angling expertise, stipulating that us carp fishermen with long rod holdalls and bulky gear need certain load space, and they provided the van knowledge.

In this guide we explore the current crop of medium-size (Ford Transit/ VW Transporter etc) vans, but if you want something smaller 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 mustard.co.uk 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 Transporter T6

What Parkers say:

Still the daddy.

Stylish, with a practical yet sharply designed interior that offers you plenty of bells and whistles, and available with a wide range of engines – from frugal diesels to hot-hatch-baiting petrols.

You can even have four-wheel drive if you want it. Can be a little noisy, but a top choice.

Full Parkers review.

Cheapest insurance quote: £547.31

Ford Transit Custom

What Parkers say:

It’s easy to be snooty about the Ford badge, but this is probably the best all-rounder in the medium van sector and owners seem to absolutely love them.

Large range of trim levels and equipment choices plus plenty of showrooms makes for keen deals, too.

The ride can be a bit bouncy, however.

Full Parkers review.

Cheapest insurance quote: £507.12

Mercedes-Benz Vito

What Parkers say:

Premium image and the driving experience to match – though the cab can feel a touch cramped and Mercedes is a little stingy with the standard equipment.

Unlimited mileage warranty and 30 years of roadside recovery boost value. All are super comfy, but rear-wheel drive versions perform best.

Full Parkers review.

Cheapest insurance quote: £547.31

Citroen Dispatch/Peugeot Expert/Toyota Proace

What Parkers say:

The newest medium vans on the market, and another platform-sharing trio.

These have impressive fuel economy and the roof height is low enough to fit most car parks, which may be handy.

Lots of high-tech toys, too. Shame the small cab has an off-set driving position – not ideal for long journeys.

Full Parkers review of the Citroen Dispatch.

Full Parkers review of the Peugeot Expert.

Full Parkers review of the Toyota Proace.

Cheapest insurance quote: £547.31

Renault Trafic/Vauxhall Vivaro/Nissan NV300/Fiat Talento

What Parkers say:

Four variants of the same van – and all but the Vauxhall are built by Renault in France.

Very comfortable and tidy to drive, with car-like interiors and good real-world fuel economy.

Go for one of the more powerful engines if you can. Nissan version includes a five-year warranty as standard.

Full Parkers review of the Renault Trafic.

Full Parkers review of the Vauxhall Vivaro.

Full Parker review of the Fiat Talento.

Full Parkers reveiw fo the Nissan NV300.

Cheapest insurance quote: £547.31

Hyundai iLoad

What Parkers say:

The oldest medium van on sale only comes in a single specification with limited options choices.

It’s cheap, and has a five-year warranty, but is not especially nice to drive by modern standards, being slow, thirsty, noisy and rough-riding.

The cab is fully carpeted, which is car-like, but tricky to clean…

Full Parkers review.

Cheapest insurance quote: £547.31

*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