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How far can you get on a full tank of fuel? A key factor when buying a van is to find a model with good fuel economy to minimise running costs.

We’ve revealed the best fuel-efficient small petrol and diesel vans, as well as exploring electric alternatives to help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs.

The top 3 most fuel-efficient vans

The Mercedes-Benz Citan is one of the most fuel-efficient vans across all fuel types - not just among diesel vans. Reaching 831 miles on a full tank, this diesel van can drive 220 miles further than the most fuel-efficient petrol van (611 miles).

At the other end of the scale, the Fiat Fiorino ranks poorly for fuel-efficiency. With an MPG of 43, this petrol van can drive up to 423 miles on a full tank.

Top 3 and bottom 2 fuel efficient diesel vans

Top 3 and bottom 2 fuel efficient petrol vans

The complete data

There are many vital factors beyond fuel-efficiency that influence your decision to buy a van – from the initial cost to the price of tax. However, is the extra cost worth the additional mileage?

If you're looking to maximise your fuel economy, take a look at the table below to see the most fuel-efficient vans.

The most fuel efficient petrol and diesel vans

Electric alternatives

Electric vans are often more expensive than your standard petrol or diesel vehicles. A recent survey found that 80% of respondents felt that the high cost is the most significant barrier to ownership.

With environmental concerns and current emission charges at the front of motorists’ minds, the government has launched a Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), allowing drivers to get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles.

Van drivers looking to buy an electric vehicle can expect 20% off the purchase price, up to a maximum of £8,000 on the following vans:

List of electric vans

The most fuel-efficient electric vans

If you’re thinking of going green, consider looking at the Iveco Daily Electric. Ranking on top for the most fuel-efficient electric van, the Iveco can drive up to 174 miles on a full charge and has a payload of up to 1,652kg.

In contrast, the Citroen Berlingo Electric is the least fuel-efficient electric van, driving only 68.4 miles on a full charge. The Citroen has a battery capacity of 22.5 kWh that takes over 6 hours to charge but is available on the PiCG scheme.

Also available on the scheme is the LDV EV80 and the Nissan E-NV200 which rank in 2nd and 3rd for most fuel-efficient electric vans.

The top 3 and bottom 2 fuel efficient electric vans

The complete EV data

Take a look at the table below to see the cost of the most fuel-efficient electric vans.

The most fuel efficient electric vans

For more information on electric vans, check out our guide

Sources and methodology

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