The mid-sized van market is a tough battlefield. Here we compare two of the market leaders with two Euro competitors to see which one comes up trumps. Matt Wood writes
We compare four competitors in the mid-sized van market
If model names were a part of vehicle judging criteria, I’d make this a very short article indeed. When sanity finally prevails and I am eventually elected president of this great country, one of my first acts will be to make the use of random capital letters in product names illegal.
Out of the four vehicles you see on these pages, only two don’t have silly capital letters in their names, those being the Ford Transit and Renault Trafic.
But someone at Renault forgot an f, which my computer insists should be there.
So clearly, the Ford Transit must be the best medium-sized van in its class, because my computer hates all the others, far be it for me to argue with our computer overlords.
But in all seriousness, there’s certainly nothing boring about van sales figures of late. They’re booming; the light delivery van segment of the Australian market has grown over 20 per cent since 2014. While truck sales have languished and to a point probably normalised, final-mile delivery vehicle sales continue to grow. So you may think that vans are just a big yawn-fest. But if so, it’s a contagious one.
In the mid-sized van segment, some relatively recent arrivals have been seriously challenging the Toyota HiAce’s traditional sales supremacy.
The hugely popular Hyundai iLoad, for example, has had a recent update, Ford launched an allnew Transit about 18 months ago, and an all-new Renault Trafic arrived last year.
Do the European-engineered Transit and Trafic have what it takes to pose a threat to the Asian sales domination of the iLoad and HiAce?
We drove all four vehicles recently to see whether the market leaders are lunching on reputation alone, or whether they really do have the goods to see them maintain the top of the sales scoreboard.
The light delivery van segment of the Australian market has grown over 20 per cent since 2014.