The Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo is the 2023 Auto Express Electric Van of the Year, with the Ford E-Transit and Vauxhall Vivaro Electric commended
The arrival of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo has injected some much-needed style into the electric van class. Here’s a work vehicle that, with its striking Type 2-inspired looks, turns heads wherever it goes, which could be ideal if you
want your company to stand out from the crowd.
However, this is an electric van that backs up its style with plenty of substance. Under the skin, it uses the same platform and running gear as Volkswagen’s ID.3 and ID.4 EVs, and thanks to its size, the ID. Buzz Cargo packs the largest 77kWh battery that VW has to offer. That means a driving range of 260 miles is easily achievable, making this a long-distance champ in the electric van market.
- Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo van review
Sure, a cargo capacity of 3.9 cubic metres means the ID. Buzz Cargo doesn’t offer the largest cargo bay for its size, but a one-tonne payload is offered, and the car-like dynamics make up for it.
VW ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce Plus £44,610 (ex. VAT)
There are just two trim options on offer, but Commerce Plus justifies its extra cost with sharper looks and a suite of standard-fit safety and driver-assistance tech. Even better, strong residuals mean that monthly finance rates are very competitive when compared with electric van rivals.
In the large electric van class, nothing comes close to last year’s electric van winner. The E-Transit delivers all of the space offered by the standard model, while a 68kWh battery provides nearly 200 miles of range. The Pro Power Onboard system means the drive battery can be used as a power source for tools, too.
Vauxhall Vivaro Electric
If your priority is practicality over head-turning looks, then the Vivaro Electric (or similar options from Citroen, Fiat, Peugeot and Toyota) is still a top choice. A 75kWh battery offers a WLTP range of up to 205 miles, while car-like manners mean that this is a model that’s relaxing to drive.
You’ll find all the information on our New Car Awards 2023 winners and the reasons why we chose them on these pages. Just follow the links below to read more…
New Car Awards 2023: the winners
|New Car Awards 2023: introduction||Luxury Car of the Year 2023: BMW i7|
|Car of the Year 2023: Hyundai Kona||Hot Hatch of the Year 2023: Honda Civic Type R|
|City Car of the Year 2023: Hyundai i10||Coupe of the Year 2023: Toyota GR86|
|Supermini of the Year 2023: Dacia Sandero||Convertible of the Year 2023: MINI Convertible|
|Family Car of the Year 2023: Dacia Jogger||Performance Car of the Year 2023: BMW M2|
|Estate Car of the Year 2023: Toyota Corolla Touring Sports||Affordable Electric Car of the Year 2023: MG4|
|Small Company Car of the Year 2023: Hyundai Kona||Premium Electric Car of the Year 2023: BMW i4|
|Mid-size Company Car of the Year 2023: Tesla Model Y||Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year 2023: Honda Civic|
|Large Company Car of the Year 2023: BMW iX||Premium Hybrid Car of the Year 2023: Mercedes C 300 e|
|Small SUV of the Year 2023: Hyundai Kona||Pick-up of the Year 2023: Ford Ranger|
|Mid-size SUV of the Year 2023: Hyundai Tucson||Electric Van of the Year 2023: Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo|
|Large SUV of the Year 2023: Skoda Kodiaq||Van of the Year 2023: Renault Kangoo|
|Small Premium SUV of the Year 2023: BMW X1||Driver Power Award 2023: Citroen C4/e-C4|
|Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year 2023: Lexus NX||Driver Power Manufacturer Award 2023: Porsche|
|Large Premium SUV of the Year 2023: Range Rover Sport||Previous winners|
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