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Medium Panel Vans - Ford Transit SWB, Volkswagen Transporter SWB or Renault Trafic (also Vauxhall Vivaro)

Vans like a short wheel base Ford Transit offer a usefully large load compartment without being much longer or wider than a large car and while still offering good fuel economy.

Local Van Hire - Medium Hire Van Ford Transit SWB or Similar
Typical Specifications
Load Space Dimensions 2.4m L x 1.7m W x 1.4m H or 1.65 w/med roof
Payload 900-1200kg
Fuel consumption (mpg) 30 - 40mpg

Examples of this size of van are Ford Transit SWB, Volkswagen Transporter SWB and Renault Traffic (also Vauxhall Vivaro).



Medium-sized panel vans offer a fairly large load space without being too big themselves. They are a popular choice of van amongst plumbers, joiners, builders and delivery drivers due to their practicality.

Medium Hire Van Ford Transit SWB or Similar

A vehicle such as a Ford Transit SWB (short wheelbase) provides around 5-6 cubic metres of load space in a vehicle that isn't much larger than a large car.

Fuel consumption is good too, with modern turbo-diesel engines providing fuel economy in the 30 - 38mpg range - pretty impressive. Naturally performance is good as are creature comforts - with electric windows and mirrors, aircon and other refinements becoming more common as standard.

Vans this size are available for hire from almost all van rental companies - any of the hire companies listed on this site will be able to provide you with a medium-sized/SWB panel van. Rent Medium Sized Van Mercedes Sprinter SWB

Here are a few examples of popular SWB panel vans:

  • Ford Transit SWB
  • Mercedes Sprinter SWB
  • Volkswagen Transporter
  • Vauxhall Vivaro
  • Renault Trafic
  • Mercedes Vito
  • Citroen Relay SWB Hire Medium Sized Van Renault Traffic, Vauxhall Vivaroa or Similar
  • Fiat Ducato SWB
  • LDV Maxus SWB

Some of these vans are a little larger than others - check before you hire. Payloads are usually in the region of 900kg - 1200kg.

If you aren't sure what size is right for you, take a look at our What Size Van? page to work out what you need.

Rent Medium Sized Van Ford Transit SWB, Renault Traffic or Similar