It’s haul right now in Movano van
WE’RE asking an increasing amount of our commercial vehicles.
Panel vans were once little more than wheeled shipping containers, tools for moving cargos from A to B with all the creature comforts of a single room in a Mongolian prison. Today, the driver is much closer to the heart of van design and Vauxhall’s latest Movano panel van aims to set the class standard for installing smiles on the faces of the people behind the wheel.
Doing the donkey work in the Movano is a specially developed 2.3-litre CDTi diesel engine. Being designed with commercial applications in mind, it’s well-endowed in the torque department. In entrylevel 99bhp guise, it delivers 285Nm of the good stuff: you get 310Nm from the 123bhp version and a full 350Nm in 148bhp form.
Power is distributed either by the standard six-speed manual gearbox or by Vauxhall’s Techshift semi-automatic transmission. From there, it’s directed either to the front or the rear wheels depending on the model chosen. In the past, the Movano has been a front-wheel-drive panel van but the option of rear-wheel-drive opens the possibility of carrying larger payloads. The rear-wheeldrive versions can be ordered with double rear wheels for extra traction and capacity. The front-wheel-drive variants have lower loading heights and superior fuel economy.
Vauxhall is particularly proud of its efforts in the Movano cabin. The various seating options give a broad range of adjustment while the position of the steering column can also be tweaked to taste.
Visibility is enhanced by the large door mirrors, the huge expanse of windscreen and the vehicle’s steeply sloping nose.
More than just an area to sit in and drive, the cabin has been designed as a working environment.
There’s a clip on the dashboard to hold delivery notes or paperwork and the optional centre seat that can fold down to form a desk complete with swivelling laptop table.
Operators will also find the usual array of cup holders, door pockets and other storage receptacles to keep the area tidy including a cavernous 7.6-litre glovebox.
Access to the Movano’s load area is sliding side doors and side hinged rear doors depending on the model chosen.
Load volumes range from 8 cub m to 17 with load lengths of up to
SMILES OF MILES: That’s the aim for people behind the wheel of the Vauxhall Movano panel van. 4.4m. The gross vehicle weights for the Movano are 2.2, 3.3, 3.5 and 4.5 tonnes.
The engines have been designed to maximise efficiency as well as pulling power and combined cycle economy as high as 33mpg is possible from the smaller models. The powerplants also keep costs down with long service intervals and, ultimately, a 250,000-mile lifespan.
It’s tough to choose between the leading large panel vans as their big load carrying remit means they tend to follow a similar formula.
Vauxhall’s Movano aims to make the decision making process a little easier for businesses not by doing anything revolutionary, but with solid improvements across the board. With advanced engines, a sprawling model range and a focus on keeping drivers onside, it can’t really go far wrong.