It's that time of year again! The GR8 68-plate vans have officially dropped and they're turning heads. Packed with more features than ever before, with all the practical benefits plus much more, these are the top 3 GR8 68-plate, big-name vans that you NEED to check out. Vanarama's Laura Day reports.
Whether it's a brand-new, built-in Sat Nav feature or improved payload capacity, these new 68-reg vans have had a serious makeover. So, let's take a look at some of the high-flyers.
Let's kick off with the Vauxhall Vivaro. Practical, efficient and better than ever – the classic Vivaro is the ultimate mobile office. With excellent engine refinement, ride comfort and practical load area, the Vivaro is a smooth operator. It's the robust van that's perfect for the trades.
What makes the new Vivaro so GR8? Well, there's space for everything. If you've got large or bulky items, the Vivaro can carry up to 1.2 tons! Plus, the load space is now extra wide too, with up to 4.15m in length and access from the side and rear.
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Vauxhall has even built in a clever hatch in the bulkhead, meaning you can push long items (up to 4.15m) through and under the passenger seat for maximum carrying capacity? Talk about making your life easier.
And, while we're on that topic, the Vivaro's new and clever Park Easy feature makes parking this big van a total breeze. The rear-view camera, placed on the back door, clearly shows the area behind the van on the full-colour IntelliLink screen – very handy. You'll never struggle with parking again.
Keyless Open and Start is another new and clever feature that completes this GR8 68-plate Vivaro. It lets you open locked doors just pulling the handles, if your key fob's in range. Then, you can start the engine via the dashboard start/stop button.
The Vivaro does the hard work for you, so that driving your mobile office around day-to-day is a walk in the park.
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The Peugeot Boxer and its boxy load space are a match made in heaven. Stronger than ever, this GR8 68-plate model can carry much more and does so while consuming less fuel than its predecessor.
The Boxer is looking bigger and better than ever, with a new large bumper for maximum protection, a new bonnet with prominent lines and new and improved headlights with either bulb or LED DRLs, if you fancy an upgrade.
And, as for the interior – the Boxer now looks more like a car than a van. With high-quality and comfortable interior, everything is placed perfectly and with an abundance of fancy tech features, the Boxer has got you sorted.
The new Hill Descent Control feature lets the driver keep the vehicle under control on muddy or gravelly slopes, without even having to touch the accelerator or brake.
The Boxer will look after you when you most need it to. With re-designed shock absorber mounts, ensuring full vehicle stability when laden, plus a new braking system improving performance and safety, these added strengths only contribute to the solid build and safety of the van. It's a solid choice for anyone looking for a reliable workhorse.
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The Ford Transit Custom has always been renowned for its toughness, reliability and functionality – and now, you can even customise it with your own specialist features to really make it your own.
The new Custom is now available with an impressive list of smart, driver assist features including Blind Spot Information System that will look out for vehicles behind you that you might miss. It even comes with Intelligent Speed Assist, which uses the Traffic Sign Recognition camera to first detect the current speed limit (when activated) then helps to keep you inside the limit.
The Custom does the hard work for you, so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy your time on the road.
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The new SYNC 3 feature also means that you can stay connected and control your phone, navigation system and music all at the same time. Choose the voice command or the 8" colour touchscreen with pinch-and-swipe gestures for intuitive navigation. The Live Traffic feature can even help you avoid those nasty traffic jams too. Technology these days…eh?
The Custom is agile (even with a full payload), with class-leading load space and capable of handling any job. Thanks to its clever and convenient load-through storage area, the Custom can accommodate items up to 3.4m long. This clever feature enables you to keep valuable materials inside your vehicle and not on display on the roof.
There's a reason why the Custom has always proved to be a popular choice, and that's because it delivers on all fronts. It's the reliable and robust van – and its new GR8 68 features only add to its status.
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So, that's just 3 of the many GR8 68-plate vans out there right now. With plenty of innovative and improved features across the board, you're spoilt for choice.
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