6. Citroen Berlingo
The Citroen Berlingo is very similar to the Peugeot Partner; it's built in the same factory and based on a similar specification. This is undoubtedly a benefit; it's practical, frugal, and would get the job done for a sole trader.
The Berlingo is available in either its standard version, the five-seater crew van, or an all-electric version.
The Berlingo comes in two body lengths, with the standard M version returning 4.4m3 in maximum load capacity and carrying a payload of up to 1,000kg. If you're planning on carrying heavy items, the 60:40 rear doors open 180 degrees allowing easy access into the back.
This is complemented by a driver-focused interior, with simple technology and an array of storage space. There's an eight-inch infotainment system that's easy for the driver to reach, as well as large door bins and an overhead shelf above the front seats.
In terms of engines, there's one petrol and a range of diesels available. All come with a six-speed manual gearbox, apart from the diesel Blue HDi 130 automatic, which has an eight-speed.
The Berlingo works best around town, and even if you have a heavy load, it handles well. The pick of the bunch is the PureTech 110hp petrol unit; it pulls well from low revs, is flexible, and can shift if you rev it hard.