Four medium vans to look out for: Talento, Vito, Expert & Transporter

Date: Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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Fiat Professional Talento

Like the Nissan NV300 and Vauxhall Vivaro, the Talento is based on the Renault Trafic, but features cosmetic differences, such as a more horizontal design to the nose plus LED headlamps on the bumper.

It comes with a choice of four Euro6 diesel engines – two single-turbo and a pair of twin-turbos – with outputs of 95-145hp. The vans are available in standard and high-roof formats, in short- and long-wheelbase versions, and as crew vans and a LWB chassis cab.

The model has inherited many of the Trafic’s innovations, including the hatch in the bulkhead that allows a load length of up to 3.75m in standard versions.

We drove the 145hp 1.6-litre twin-turbo Ecojet diesel engine. It provides impressive responsiveness across its full range and works smoothly with the slick, standard, six-speed manual gearbox. It is particularly happy on motorway slogs, so operators more usually engaged in urban work may prefer the 125hp twin-turbo or either the 95hp or 120hp single-turbo. These smaller engines are not, however, the most economical, with the most frugal honour going to the 125hp twin-turbo with figures of 47.9mpg and 155g/km.

Sample model: Multijet L1H1 Ecojet 145

Engine size    1.6-litre
Payload     1,224kg
Load volume    5.2m3
Combined mpg46.3mpg
CO2    160g/km
Price (ex VAT)£22,945


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