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    VW van alternatives

    I have been thinking about updating my t5, but the cost ("seen tax") of the VW is really putting me off. Is there any concencus of the best alternative?

    Peugeot Expert/ Citroen Dispatch/ Toyota
    Ford Transit Custom
    Renault/ Vauxhall Vivaro
    Mercenary Vito

    I really like the look of the PSA/Toyota. Prices arnt bad and Peugeot diesels are usually pretty reliable. They look pretty good as well.

    I have driven the previous Renault/Vivaro are abit rougher than the t5 and I heard of a few clutches going

    Merc Vito look great, but does the new one still rust?

    The Ford Custom I'm just not sure of, and I haven't driven one.

    Anyone got the new Vito or Peugeot?

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    I had a test drive of the new PSA/Toyota thing. Drove nicely for the size and decent fuel economy. I would have gone for it as I rebel against the VW orthodoxy for no good reason. Its a bit like Apple versus Android, Empire versus Rebel Alliance. You know whats best, but dont do it anyway. But then wife vetoed the van idea and we got another MPV.............

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    Ford would be my choice - i really like the new shape.

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    Agree that the new transit is the a great shape although historically the transit doesn't have a great rep.

    Bought a 2014 Vito which I keep in Spain and have a T5 for here. Both similar economy wise, the Vito feels more sturdy, drives really smooth on the motorways but I still prefer the T5. Easier to manoevre and feels more nimble. It maybe that I'm still more used to driving it though.

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    Hyundi iload is worth a look, gets good write ups in Australia. Would have bought one myself but the waiting list at the time was three months and I found an ex demo T5 with just 12 miles on the clock and much cheaper than new.
    Whatever the tide, whatever the ride.

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    Maybe we all have to start thinking about buying vans that are not German or French...or Spanish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerb View Post
    Maybe we all have to start thinking about buying vans that are not German or French...or Spanish!
    Eeeh 'tis grim dahn Sarf.

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