No matter how hard you push you still get respectable fuel economy, although perhaps not quite as respectable as the official figures suggest.
We were achieving a steady 60mpg compared with an official combined cycle figure of 68.9mpg.
Service intervals are set at one-year/20,000 miles and the Corsavan is covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty with no mileage limit for the first year.
Roadside assistance is provided for the first 12 months and the anti-perforation corrosion warranty lasts for six years.
Exterior side-rubbing strips might make sense in order to protect the little van from minor damage.
They could be matched to the LE Nav’s body-coloured exterior handles.
Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav 1.3CDTi 95hp
Price (ex VAT) £15,115
Price range (ex VAT) £11,830-£15,115
Gross payload 543kg
Load length 1,257mm
Load width (min/max) 969/1,264mm
Load bay height 921mm
Load volume 0.92m3
Loading height 532mm
Rear door aperture 771x650mm
Gross vehicle weight 1,720kg
Braked trailer towing weight 1,250kg
Residual value 15.6%*
Cost per mile 33.0p
Engine size/power 1,248cc, 95hp @ 3,750rpm
Torque 210Nm @ 1,500-3,000rpm
Fuel economy 68.9mpg
Fuel tank 45 litres
Service interval 1yr/20,000mls
Insurance group 2E
Price as tested £17,415
*after 4yrs/80,000mls source: KwikCarcost
Driving Assistance Pack £1,110
Rear parking sensors £260
Rear-view camera £235
Winter Pack £205
Upper load restraint mesh £75
Load area rubber mat £55
Ford Transit Courier
Price (ex VAT) £12,295-£15,295
Load volume 2.3m3
Gross payload 577-663kg
Engines 100hp 1.0 petrol, 75hp, 95hp 1.5 diesel
Verdict: As the What Van? Small Van of the Year for 2018, the Ford Transit Courier offers impressive handling, copes well with this country’s battered road surfaces, and delivers a slick gear change as well as respectable fuel economy. The petrol variant of this light commercial vehicle is worth investigating given the growing hostility that diesel is attracting.
Dacia Duster Commercial
Price (ex VAT) £10,095-£13,045
Load volume 1.6m3
Gross payload 550kg
Engines 109hp 1.5 diesel
Verdict: The bargain-price five-door Dacia Duster Commercial has been winner of What Van?’s 4x4 Van of the Year prize for three years running. It is available as a 4x2, and comes with a decent level of equipment, plus (in 4x4 guise) an ability to keep going in demanding conditions. A new Duster Commercial is on its way later this year.
Fiat Professional Fiorino Cargo
Price (ex VAT) £11,765-£14,995
Load volume 2.5m3
Gross payload 610-660kg
Engines 77hp 1.4 petrol, 80hp, 95hp 1.3 diesel
Verdict: What Van? ran a Fiat Professional Fiorino Cargo for almost a year and we can confirm it is a practical, inexpensive, cost-effective runabout that in Adventure guise is as at home in the countryside as it is in crowded urban streets. The light commercial is marketed as a combi and crew van as well as in van guise.