What is the best small van to buy?
A special layer of cars, the main distinguishing feature of which is the increased capacity, were called “small vans“. These cars are very popular with people who cannot imagine their life without long journeys with family or friends.
Nowadays, many automakers offer a large number of purchase options, among which, at times, it is very difficult for an ordinary man to choose a car that can meet all the requirements for it in terms of spaciousness, practicality, fuel efficiency, reliability and, most importantly, price.
In this article, we present the best minivan models that you should pay attention to when buying. Immediately, we note that this list will include options that will be the best among competitors in terms of the following indicators:
- Fuel consumption;
- The balance of advantages and disadvantages;
I also think it will be interesting to get acquainted with questions from people who are looking for the best small van for work and for camping with the family.
This minivan with a sporty character, and no less sporty design, is perfect for wealthy people who want to move quickly and comfortably. American engineers have done a great job here, using a large number of modern developments in the field of comfort and safety. The interesting design is underlined by beautiful chrome, huge wheels and LED optics. The car has 7 seats inside the cabin, so a large company or your whole family will fit inside without any problems.
Active driving is provided by a 6-cylinder petrol engine with a power of 279 hp, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. At the same time, fuel consumption is equal to or even exceeds 10 l / 100 km. in a mixed cycle.
- High reliability;
- Smooth running;
- Powerful engine;
- Premium comfort;
- Interesting design.
- High price;
- Difficulty selling;
- Large amount of tax;
- Extremely expensive service;
- High fuel consumption in city driving.
This minivan, from the Korean company Hyundai, many owners cherish and cherish for its versatility and interesting handling. With a length of more than 5 meters, the car can easily turn around where not every “passenger car” can do it. The gigantic size of the salon can easily accommodate everything you need on a long journey, which is achieved due to an interesting transformation system. In literally one minute, the driver can transform a seven-seater minibus into a two-seater, freeing up huge space in the rear of the car for payload.
The car turned out to be so successful that many of our compatriots use it for commercial transportation, which becomes even more profitable due to the use of a sufficiently high-torque and economical diesel engine with a working volume of 2.5 liters, consuming, in mixed mode, no more than 8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers of travel.
- Adequate controllability;
- Multifunctionality and practicality;
- Convenient and useful interior transformation system;
- Acceptable price;
- Low fuel consumption.
- Rear drive;
- Demanding on the quality of fuel;
- Weak suspension;
- Low quality paintwork.
This minivan from the Japanese company Toyota belongs more to the class of status cars. It certainly boasts a number of positive aspects more inherent in premium sedans or SUVs than family cars. Toyota Alphard can be safely used for travel, but it will not be a shame to appear on it at a business meeting.
This car was supplied exclusively with a gasoline, 3.5-liter engine for 300 “horses”, so there is no need to talk about fuel efficiency. In mixed mode, the heart of this premium minivan consumes more than 10 l / 100 km. path, and this is if you do not drive too aggressively.
But the high fuel consumption is famously compensated for by the luxury and pleasant sensations that you get when you get inside its cabin. Without exception, all materials used in the production are very expensive and of high quality. Perforated leather and natural wood inserts are everywhere. Inside, everything is thought out to the smallest detail. All buttons and switches are located in maximum accessibility, which makes it easy to operate the many options of this machine.
- Highest comfort;
- Powerful engine;
- Quality materials;
- Reasonable design;
- Large capacity.
- The high cost of both the machine itself and its maintenance;
- High fuel consumption;
- Huge transport tax.
After more than 12 years in the minivan market, the Touran continues to delight owners with its capacity, affordability and reliability.
As befits a people’s car, owning this miracle of the German car industry is very inexpensive, since all the engines installed on it consume very little fuel. However, the most popular among our compatriots is the 2-liter diesel unit, which consumes only 5.4 l / 100 km. course.
The car is based on the Volkswagen Golf, so it’s not worth talking about its compactness and high maneuverability. In addition to the platform, Touran shares most of the advantages and disadvantages with Golf, which we will describe below.
- Reliable and economical engines;
- High build quality;
- The spaciousness of the cabin.
- Poor sound insulation;
- “Delicate” chassis;
- Hard seats.
The interesting design concept from Mercedes used in this car sets it apart from its closest competitors. This representative of the German car industry pleases the eye with its sophisticated style, emphasized by a branded radiator grill and interesting front optics. The high level of equipment and comfort allows you to use it both for everyday trips and for business trips.
The car is offered for purchase in three different body variations: short, long and extra long, under the hood of which you can find one of three “diesels” for 136, 164 or 190 forces, working in tandem with 6MKPP or modern 7AKPP. The fuel consumption of all three engines does not differ much, and fluctuates within 7 l / 100 km. in mixed mode.
- Modern design;
- Reliable and economical motors;
- High price;
- Demanding fuel;
- Frequent parking brake malfunctions;
- Rapid wheel wear in long and extra long versions;
- Difficulty maneuvering in heavy traffic.