Vans are much liked in transport sector owing to their empty-easy-to- customize space. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, people are accustomed to owning vans which are more economical and easier to maintain. Conveniently, van manufacturers have also ventured into minibuses industry producing minibuses with seats ranging from six (shuttles) to 17+ in larger minibuses. However, not all minibuses are liked; there are a few with distinguishing features that have dominated the UK and Ireland transport industry. In this article, we will be reviewing the Top 5 minibuses used vans in NI and the United Kingdom and Ireland.
1. Ford Transit/Tourneo People Mover
Ford Transit has been for more than 40 years, the best selling van in Britain. It is more suited for light transport services such as airport taxi. Its key features include; superb in-cab refinement, impressive handling, tight turning circle, and comes in a number of choices/designs. It is powered by a 2.2 litres turbo diesel engine which is also available in number options. This minibus unlike other minibuses is rather silent credit to its superb gear shift facilitated by its standard 6-speed manual gearbox. Its only constraint is that part of the interior plastics feels fragile. Currently, it retails at about £12,245- £36,595.
2. Fiat Ducato
Fiat Ducato holds the second position in our top 5 minibuses used in UK and Ireland list. It is available with 14 or 17 seats based on one’s requirements. In addition, Ducato Minibus provides various seating arrangements. This van is easy to customize and has a conversion option for wheelchair lifts and other dedicated bits and bob. It relies on a 2.3 litre diesel engine, which is available in various power outputs and a somewhat swift 3.0 litre diesel with 180PS. Its generous storage space makes it convenient and suitable in all working environments. It also comes with a tight turning turning circle but unfortunately, unlike Ford transit, Fiat Ducato makes a lot of noise and is fitted with a sluggish semi auto box.
3. Mercedes-Benz Vario
This minibus is mostly operated by coach companies as a light alternative to bigger and long distances coaches. It is versatile and comes ready to be customized to fit individual buyer needs. Like most minibuses, Mercedes-Benz Vario can accommodate wheel chair users. It is stylish and most importantly durable. So far, many users are satisfied with services only a few complaining about its hefty price.
4. Mercedes-Benz Vito
Mercedes-Benz Vito though compact in size makes a good minibus for airport taxi and similar tasks. It has a space that can accommodate up to 8 passengers leaving plenty of room enough to keep everybody comfortable. In addition, just like all Mercedes vehicle, Vito has state of the art car touches that make it more luxurious than other minibuses available in the market. It relies on a 2.1 litre engine, and for speed fanatics, you can choose the 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel. In addition, it’s also integrated with Bluetooth, steering wheel controls for the stereo, and cruise control. Currently, it retails at between £17,855 and £35,595.
5. Volkswagen Caravelle
This minibus has a lot in common with Vito. It offers everything found in Vito ranging from plain cloth seats to posh leather. Its refined features make it suitable for business executives’ transportation. In addition, it’s spacious and well ventilated providing one with a peaceful environment. Finally, it comes with safety features that make its handling an enjoying experience. You can find a good selection of used vans and used trucks for sale here.