The UK large van sector is incredibly competitive, with the MAXUS Deliver 9, Volkswagen Crafter, MAN TGE and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter joining the sector in recent years.
New vans from Germany and China, have encouraged all of the van brands to improve their offerings and the latest updated large van to reach us at CC&V Towers, was the Vauxhall Movano.
If you need a van with lots of variants then you’ll be pleased to know that the Movano range is extensive, with four body lengths and three roof heights. The smallest of these is a panel van with the base powertrain specification and is priced at £27,745 (excl.VAT), with a long-wheelbase option with added height priced at £31,600 (excl. VAT). A number of models with Euro VId (Heavy Duty Cycle) engines are priced from £32,400 (excl. VAT), while the largest and most powerful of the panel van options is priced at £39,815 (excl. VAT). The new Movano is also available as a Double cab, priced from £33,250 (excl. VAT).
In panel van specification, the new Movano is available in L1H1 with every variation through to L4H3 sizing, while the Edition trim is consistent across the Movano range.
The new Movano gets a new modern front end with daytime running lamps incorporated into headlights, which flow into the new chrome cross bar added to the grille. Inside, the cockpit has also been updated, with a clutter free dashboard and the touchscreen infotainment system now logically located in the centre of the dash. There’s also the option of a rear assist camera so you can see what’s immediately behind you, more of that later. And, with a total of 22 storage compartments and spaces, there’s plenty of room for everything and anything needed on a daily basis.
Vauxhall has revised the Movano’s powertrain line-up with all engine options Euro 6D Temp (Euro 6.2) or Heavy-duty Cycle Euro VId-specified. The 2.3-litre Turbo Diesel engine is consistent throughout the range, available with a number of power outputs.
The new engine portfolio consists exclusively of BiTurbo diesel power units. The 2.3-litre power units range from 131 PS to 180 PS and all comply with the strict Euro 6d-TEMP (light duty) or Euro V-Id (heavy duty) emissions standards. Compared with the previous generation, the engines boast five to 10 more PS and 20 to 40 Nm higher torque. The top-of-the-line 180 PS BiTurbo develops maximum torque of 400 Nm.
In addition to front-wheel drive, Vauxhall customers can select a rear-wheel drive configuration, improving the performance of the Movano for heavy duty applications. Both configurations include six-speed manual transmission and will, in future, also benefit from automated manual transmissions. Certain versions of the Movano are optionally available with all-wheel drive.
Rear-wheel drive versions of the Movano can be ordered with an optional limited-slip differential, providing additional traction on slippery surfaces such as at building sites. If one wheel starts to spin on a slippery surface, the torque is diverted to the wheel with more grip.
A number of driver assistance systems are available for the first time on the new Movano, making driving more relaxing and safe. Side-Wind Assistant is standard on all models, as the Electronic Stability Programme is automatically activated to improve handling. The new Movano’s standard equipment also includes automatic windscreen wipers and automatic dipped-beam headlights.
A blind spot monitoring system is also new to the Movano, using ultrasonic sensors to detect objects in the blind spot and alerting the driver with LED indicators in the corresponding mirror. A lane departure warning system sounds an audible alarm if the driver strays from their lane.
Driver’s benefit from improved connectivity and entertainment features thanks to the Navi 5.0 IntelliLink Pro infotainment system, which is available for the first time on new Movano. The system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, with the interior featuring a wireless charging point for smartphones.
With load volumes of 7.8m3 to 17m3 and gross weights of 2,800kg to 4,500kg. Vauxhall offers a second row of four seats in the double-cab models which are available on L2H2 and L3H2 bodies. There are also six and nine-seat Combi versions and even a 17-seat minibus on special order. To keep you going in all weathers, there are front and rear-wheel-drive versions to choose from along with four 2.3-litre CDTi common-rail diesel engine options.
Vauxhall offers half-height protective panels in the Movano’s load area as part of the standard package on rear-drive models. Full-height ply lining is available on all Movano’s as an option and protective floor coverings are also offered.There’s also a full-height steel bulkhead, even on the double cab behind the individual rear seats.
Service internals have been extended to 40,000 kilometres or two years, while moderately priced spare parts and materials further reduce operating costs.
The driver can get comfortable with the six-way adjustable driver’s seat which includes an armrest. All models offer steering-column-mounted audio controls, electric windows, aux in with USB interface. For those who use their van as a mobile office there is Bluetooth connectivity which I tried, connected easily and thanks to the steel bulkhead, I could actually hold a conversation while driving. The infotainment screen is easy to use, but it’s a little small in such a large van and a bit of a reach when your driving.
Our van was fitted with the £850 rear assist camera, mounted by the rear mirror, to show you what’s going on behind. It works fine in clear daytime weather, but not at night, nor when its raining heavily. Although you could see what was behind you, it was hard to tell exactly what it was or how far away they were as well. The jury’s out on this.
I got to try the 2.3 CDTi (150PS) Turbo version and it’s a great engine around town. Add in light steering, taut gear changes and a high driving position and you are good to go in any urban environment.
The three-seat cab was comfortable and the switches, seat covers and plastics are well put together and look built to last. On the motorway the engine is fantastic, with loads of power for overtaking. I drove around the M60 and along the M56 & M53 and found the cab a good place to be. Cruise control is helpful on the motorway, taking the pain put of a long trip. On the Movano it’s easy to engage the cruise and it works well.
The 2.3 CDTi(150PS) Turbo D engine offers 150PS @ 3000rpm, with 385Nm & 1750rpm & this is plenty for what this vans good at, which is the long motorway haul. Despite it’s size though, it’s an easy large van to drive full stop & is surprisingly agile in town.
Our test van was an L2 H2 and came with a load length of 3083 mm and load height of 1894 mm. Maximum payload is 1529 kg, with capacity a whopping 10.8 m3. As with most large vans it’s got a huge 80 litre fuel tank, so fill ups will be a rarity, There’s also a 22 litre AdBlue tank. Service interval’s are 25,000 miles or two years.
Claimed fuel economy is 47.8mpg on the combined cycle. We achieved 40.2mpg in a week in the Movano, driving alone and unladen, so you can make up your own mind about this. We thought this was actually pretty good for a large van in this category and certainly no better or worse than the diesel competition. CO2 emissions are 156g/km. List price for our test van was £32,710 + vat.
In conclusion, the latest Movano is better than before. A combination of improved fuel economy, more up to date on-board tech & safety features, keeps it relevant. There’s a wide range of engines and body sizes & the load capacities and rear load area access are all good as well. Value for money-wise, the Movano is competitively priced and of course, there’s plenty of Vauxhall Heavy Van Centres to look after your after sales needs and servicing.
Body style Height Width Length
L1H1 FWD van 2,307mm 2,070mm 5,048mm
L1H2 FWD van 2,500mm 2,070mm 5,048mm
L2H2 FWD van 2,500mm 2,070mm 5,548mm
L2H3 FWD van 2,749mm 2,070mm 5,548mm
L3H2 FWD van 2,488mm 2,070mm 6,198mm
L3H3 FWD van 2,744mm 2,070mm 6,198mm
L3H2 RWD van 2,527mm 2,070mm 6,198mm
L3H3 RWD van 2,786mm 2,070mm 6,198mm
L4H2 RWD van 2,557mm 2,070mm 6,848mm
L4H3 RWD van 2,808mm 2,070mm 6,848mm
Load area dimensions
Body style Height Width Length Volume
L1H1 FWD van 1,700mm 1,765mm 2,583mm 7.8m3
L1H2 FWD van 1,894mm 1,765mm 2,583mm 8.6m3
L2H2 FWD van 1,894mm 1,765mm 3,083mm 10.8m3
L2H2 FWD Double cab 1,894mm 1,765mm 2,175mm 6.9m3
L2H3 FWD van 2,144mm 1,765mm 3,083mm 12.3m3
L3H2 FWD van 1,894mm 1,765mm 3,733mm 13.0m3
L3H2 FWD Double cab 1,894mm 1,765mm 2,825mm 9.0m3
L3H3 FWD van 2,144mm 1,765mm 3,733mm 14.8m3
L3H2 RWD van 1,798mm 1,765mm 3,733mm 12.4m3
L3H2 RWD Double cab 1,798mm 1,765mm 2,825mm 8.4m3
L3H3 RWD van 2,048mm 1,765mm 3,733mm 14.2m3
L4H2 RWD van 1,798mm 1,765mm 4,383mm 14.9m3
L4H3 RWD van 2,048mm 1,765mm 4,383mm 17.0m3