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Volkswagen Transporter
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  • Decent cabin; Excellent cargo area; Thrifty on fuel; Torque on tap; Surprisingly nimble

  • Lack of active safety; Sub-par warranty; It's expensive; Servicing costs are up there too

Renault Trafic
  • Tax-friendly $30K drive-away price; Comfortable ride and light steering; Frugal diesel fuel economy; Trade-friendly 30,000km service intervals

  • Only two airbags; Infotainment system; Weedy engine, manual gearbox only; Superior 85kW model a reasonable $4000 more

Ford Transit Custom
  • Refined and powerful engine; Unusually dynamic handling; Driver-assist safety features; Practical, well-equipped cabin

  • Circa $50K asking price; Some fit-and-finish quirks; Stiff ride won’t suit everyone; Automatic cuts towing capacity

Mercedes-Benz Vito
  • Base diesel engine; Cabin build quality; Ride comfort and steering; Infotainment looks old, but works flawlessly

  • No auto option with this engine, and more potent units cost way more; Foot-operated park brake

Hyundai iLoad
  • Smartphone integration makes for more usable day-to-day running; Engine and gearbox are an excellent pairing; Flexible load space with options for buyers

  • Still not quite a five-star ANCAP rating; We'd love a van with a higher towing capacity; Let's make the cargo barrier standard please Hyundai