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Get more out of your fuel

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 diesel vans



Top 3 and bottom 2 fuel efficient petrol 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
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
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 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
The most fuel efficient electric vans

For more information on electric vans, check out our guide

Sources and methodology

Van models have been used across multiple fuel types where relevant to reflect the fuel efficiency of the same models based on engine types.

Van derivatives have been selected from the lowest cost per mile found.

All fuel ranges for non-electric vehicles calculated as MPG * tank capacity (gallons).

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