Most popular fridge vans of 2018 – A Year in Review

We had a fantastic 2018 here at CoolKit, steadily growing and innovating as we helped customers expand their fleets with our market-leading range of fridge and freezer vans. We’re always refreshing our stock of refrigerated vans here at CoolKit, and there were some that, throughout the year, distinguished themselves as clear customer favourites – and with good reason! Here are our three most popular fridge vans of 2018, along with some brief explanations of what attracts so many customers to them.

Most popular medium van: The Renault Traffic (Short Wheel Base)

In brief:

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Value for money as a short wheel base van
  • Best payload as a short wheel base van

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Though it’s got a universal appeal, the Renault Trafic is a particularly popular option amongst small businesses and other SMEs due to its affordable price range and famous reliability. It’s also a hardy vehicle that can really go the distance for longer-haul journeys; including cross-country or even international trips. This makes it a great choice for businesses with a regional or nationwide service. What’s more, part supply for the base van is plentiful, which means – coupled with our warranty on the refrigeration unit – any servicing on the Renault Trafic refrigerated van is often relatively inexpensive.

Business models of the Renault Trafic fridge van also comes with useful additional safety features, including ABS, electronic immobilisers, hill start assist, and an ECO mode button – just to name a few!

Joint most popular medium van: The Peugeot Boxer (MWB or LWB)

In brief:

  • Value for money for a top spec commercial vehicle
  • Fantastic payload within the large van category (both medium wheel base and long wheel base)

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As far as large fridge vans are concerned, you can’t go wrong with the Peugeot Boxer. The build of the van makes it easy to load and unload, while the sheer payload alone is enough to sway the balance for some businesses, at an impressive 1229kg – perfect for making particularly high capacity deliveries, or several smaller ones. Driver comfort hasn’t been neglected either, which will always be welcome news for those making cross-country journeys. What’s more, the Peugeot Boxer comes in several variants that each have their own extra features. For example, the Professional model includes security features like deadlocks and steel bulkheads, as well as other helpful additions like rear parking aids and an Electronic Stability Program.

If you want to find out more about the Peugeot Boxer in even greater detail, don’t hesitate to check out our recent review of this fantastic refrigerated van.

Joint most popular medium van: The Volkswagen Crafter (MWB or LWB)

In brief:

  • Excellent build quality
  • Value for money when comparing build quality and specifications with other top-end manufacturers

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Tying for the first place of most popular medium refrigerated van is the Volkswagen Crafter, which shares a lot of the same advantages that makes the Peugeot Boxer quite such a hit with our customers. The load space is similarly expansive, and the cab is practical and comfortable. Professional reviews – as well as many of our clients at CoolKit – have noted that the van is surprisingly easy to drive considering its size, and its fuel economy is respectable too. All models of the Volkswagen Crafter are highly reliable, and individual models like the Trendline can also come with a range of additional features, such as ABS braking, Automatic Hazard Lights, and engine immobilisers.

The Crafter has won no shortage of industry awards in recognition of its build quality, versatility and overall value. It retained the Best Van title at the Parkers New Car Awards 2019, and its other awards include:

  • Van of the Year at the Best Van for Trade Awards 2018
  • Best Large Panel Van (for the second year running) at the Best Van for Trade Awards 2018
  • LVC of the Year at the What Van? Awards 2018
  • Large Van of the Year at the Commercial Fleet Awards 2018

If you’re looking at building up your business fleet of commercial vans – or just getting yours started – it’s definitely worth taking a look at these first! However, all the vans we stock here at CoolKit are up to a peerless standard, and the huge amount of models and variation available means that you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to picking the perfect refrigerated van for your needs. That’s not to mention what we can achieve for base vehicles with our brilliant fridge van conversions. Feel free to give our friendly team a call on 0808 252 6692, and see what we can do for you.

Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @CoolKitLtd for our latest news and product offerings!

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