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Volkswagen Crafter
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  • Comfortable and practical storage-laden interior; Mostly car-like experience to drive; Effective 4Motion

  • Some safety tech left optional; Cannot fit child seats; Firm unladen ride; Off-road mode would be more beneficial than a sports mode

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • MBUX infotainment and telematics; Standard safety tech like a luxury car; Vast range of configurations, body styles; Potent V6 diesel option remains; Big fleet sales suggest good aftersales care

  • Premium product, premium price; Protective bulkhead costs extra; Ford Transit has a longer warranty; Base 84kW diesel engine a little wheezy; The 4x4 option will cost a lot extra

Ford Transit
  • Passive and active safety features; Improved infotainment system; Torquey and refined diesel engine; Long servicing intervals; Keen pricing considering the features

  • Touchscreen's slightly awkward placement; FWD-only auto versions have reduced towing capacity, gross combination mass, and fuel tank capacity that trail the RWD-only manual 350L model

Iveco Daily
  • Massive payload and towing capacity potential; more off-road capable than just about anything else out there; relatively easy to drive on-road; a few creature comforts inside

  • Feels very tippy from the driver's seat off-road; some on-road bumps feel harsh; can work out to be expensive;

Renault Master
  • Has more space than you'll likely ever need – unless you've got 13 people; Strong diesel-auto drivetrain makes light work of weight; Drives much smaller than it is; Great value for the purpose; Long service intervals

  • Automated manual gearbox can be jerky at times; Not the smoothest ride in the back over bad roads; No airbag protection in the back; No active safety stuff, even as an option