What Are The Best Refrigerated Vans To Buy In 2022?

Choosing the best refrigerated vans can be crucial for your business.

Get it right and you will be in full flow. Get it wrong, however, and you may just waste thousands of pounds.

Buying a refrigerated van can be daunting, especially if you have no idea where to start.

Refrigerated vans come in all shapes and sizes, each being used in different ways for different businesses.

Meat wholesalers supplying hundreds of restaurants and retailers will need a larger van to help deliver large volumes of stock with 100+ drops per day.

Meanwhile, a bakery specialising in bespoke cakes may only require a small vehicle because their cargo is smaller and they won’t be doing has many drops.

Researching your options, comparing manufacturers, vehicle dimensions and so on can be time-consuming. And, in business, time is money.

That’s why we’ve put together a simple, straightforward list of seven of the best refrigerated vans you can buy in 2022.

Here are all of the models we’ll be breaking down:


  • Peugeot Partner

  • Peugeot Boxer L1H1

  • Nissan Primastar

  • Ford Transit Custom

  • Peugeot Boxer L3H2

  • Ford Transit

  • Renault Kangoo ZE (Fully-Electric)


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*Disclaimer: All pricing figures and after-conversion dimensions and payloads are correct at the time of writing (March 2022) and may be subject to fluctuation*


Your Van Is Only As Good As The Conversion In It

Before we get started, let’s get one important point out of the way: your refrigerated van’s performance is only as good as the conversion you put in it.

If you spend £30,000+ on a high-spec vehicle but kit it out with a cheap refrigeration unit and poorly-made insulation panels, you’re not going to get the most out of it.

First and foremost, make sure the conversion on your van is up to scratch.

At Vantastec, our fridge van conversions are built with seam-free, leak-proof insulation panels and the best refrigeration units for light commercial vehicles on the market. This ensures unmatched durability and performance, suitable for even the toughest jobs.

With that disclaimer out of the way, here is a breakdown of the seven of the best refrigerated vans you can buy for your business in 2022:


Peugeot Partner 


Peugeot Partner Fridge Van as converted by Vantastec

Let’s start things off with a bang.

The Peugeot Partner has been one of our best-selling refrigerated vans in recent years. For a number of reasons.

Firstly, it’s the perfect entry point for anyone starting out in refrigerated transport. Providing you don’t need a larger-sized vehicle, of course.

At just £19,495++ (at the time of writing) in a Professional spec, you can experience all the benefits of a brand new refrigerated van at an accessible price.

When you take into account van finance options, that price becomes even more appealing.

Plus, having a smaller vehicle means it takes up less space, leaving more room in your yard or warehouse.

You could even park it on your front drive!

If you need something slightly bigger, Peugeot also makes a long wheelbase Partner that provides roughly an extra foot of load space after conversion.


Peugeot Partner Refrigerated Van Dimensions And Payload After Conversion

Length: 1517mm

Height: 1090mm

Width: 1180mm

Payload: 490kg


You should choose this van if:

  • You are new to the fridge van world
  • You are launching a delivery service for your business or bringing transport in-house
  • You need a new refrigerated van but have a limited budget to work with



Peugeot Boxer L1H1


l1 peugeot boxer fridge van

This pick might be slightly outside the box, but hear us out.

Typically, when you hear someone say ‘Peugeot Boxer’, you think of a large-sized van in either a medium or long wheelbase.

However, Peugeot also makes an L1H1 variant, which turns out to be quite the powerhouse.

Size-wise, it’s comparable to a Ford Custom or Nissan Primastar. But there’s one area, in particular, where the L1 Boxer has the upper hand over these models: payload.

The L1H1 variant inherits a similar payload to the bigger models –  a whopping 1250kg after-conversion (without overnight standby).

Priced at just £26,295++, L1H1 Peugeot Boxers are the best refrigerated vans for businesses looking to transport fewer – but heavier – goods.


L1H1 Peugeot Boxer Refrigerated Van Dimensions And Payload After Conversion

Length: 2390mm

Height: 1480mm

Width: 1310mm

Payload: 1180kg with overnight standby / 1250kg without


You should choose this van if:

  • You who need a medium-sized van with a very good payload
  • You are looking for fantastic value-for-money
  • You prefer boxy-looking vans with generous load areas



Nissan NV300/Primastar


Nissan NV300 fridge van


Just to clear up any confusion: Nissan has recently changed the names of their LCV models back to what they were in the pre-NV era.

The NV250 is now the ‘Townstar’, the NV300 now the ‘Primastar’ and the NV400 now the ‘Interstar’.

Let’s break down Nissan’s medium-sized offering, the Primastar.

Fans of the Renault Trafic might think this option looks awfully familiar – and you’d be right!

Nissan’s Primastar takes a similar shape to the Trafic but comes with one key advantage: a better manufacturer’s warranty.

All brand new Nissan vans come with an impressive five-year or up to 100,000-mile warranty. Meanwhile, Renault’s LCV range only comes with a three-year or up to 100,000-mile warranty.

So, if you’re torn between the two, it’s a no brainer.

Priced at just £23,875++, it also serves as a valid, more cost-effective alternative to the Ford Transit Custom.

But more on the Ford Custom later…


Nissan Primastar Refrigerated Van Dimensions And Payload After Conversion

Length: 2200mm

Height: 1260mm

Width: 1460mm

Payload: 737kg


You should choose this van if:

  • Your main priority is aftercare from manufacturer’s warranties
  • You specialise in multi-drop deliveries with smaller cargo
  • You need a cheaper alternative to the Ford Transit Custom



Ford Transit Custom 


Ford Transit Custom fridge van with standby


One of the most iconic and widely-recognised van models in the world, Ford’s Transit Custom is an industry leader for a reason.

Panel vans, crew vans, minibuses, camper vans and everything in-between. Van users of all kinds are choosing the Transit Custom.

Ford’s van provides high-end performance similar to that of a Volkswagen Transporter, but at a much more appealing price.

Its drivability is also unmatched, delivering a sublime driving experience that almost feels like you’re in a car!

Transit Customs are also vastly customisable, available in a range of sizes, specifications and trims. The chances are you’ll be able to find the right for you.

If you’re looking for a medium-sized refrigerated van, Ford Transit Customs are one the best refrigerated vans you can buy.

Check out a full walkaround of one of our Ford Transit Custom fridge vans below:




Ford Transit Custom Refrigerated Van Dimensions And Payload After Conversion

Length: 2335mm

Height: 1270mm

Width: 1550mm

Payload: 720kg with overnight standby / 760kg without


You should choose this van if:

  • You are looking for a superb drivability
  • You enjoy in-cab features designed for comfort and functionality
  • You need a premium medium-sized van at a not-so-premium price




Peugeot Boxer L3H2


Peugeot Boxer fridge van with standby


Our first large-sized option is the Peugeot Boxer L3H2 variant.

For big fleet operators in need of a long wheelbase van, you’ll struggle to go wrong with an L3H2 Peugeot Boxer.

Boxers are considerably cheaper than other large vans on the market. This means big fleet businesses operating 10 or more vans at a time can save a lot of money when they change out their vehicles.

They also feature very generous load areas. The L3H2 variant’s dimensions have enough room to comfortably house three standard euro pallets.

Being able to carry such large volumes of stock means more deliveries per vehicle. Therefore, maximising efficiency.

For the reasons mentioned above, it’s no surprise the Peugeot Boxer is a favourite among our fleet customers.



L3H2 Peugeot Boxer Refrigerated Van Dimensions And Payload After Conversion

Length: 3430mm

Height: 1760mm

Width: 1600mm

Payload: 1,100kg 


You should choose this van if:

  • You need to comfortably transport three standard euro pallets in one vehicle
  • You’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Ford Transit
  • You’re a Fleet Operator who needs value-for-money long wheelbase vans



Ford Transit 


Ford transit fridge van


The Transit name is easily the most recognisable in the LCV industry.

As a brand, it’s grown far beyond the van world.

Similar in size to a Peugeot Boxer, Ford’s Transit offers a true powerhouse of a large-sized van that’s ideal for businesses looking to transport high volumes of stock.

However, if you’ve got more money to spend and are looking for a more premium vehicle, the Ford Transit gets our pick.

Like the Transit Custom, the Transit’s superb drivability offers premium performance at a not-so-premium price.

If you’re in need of something big and have a bit more to spend, the L3H2 Ford Transit is one of the best refrigerated vans for you.



Ford Transit Refrigerated Van Dimensions And Payload After Conversion

Length: 3080mm

Height: 1680mm

Width: 1600mm

Payload: 1,180kg without overnight standby



You should choose this van if:

  • You need reliable, powerful long wheelbase vehicles
  • You are looking for a superb driving experience
  • You don’t mind spending more on quality vehicles



Renault Kangoo ZE


Small Refrigerated Van For Sale


We’ve already written extensively about the benefits of electric vans and why your business should start looking towards the future. So, we simply had to include one of our favourite electric refrigerated van models.

If you’ve paid attention to the car world, you would have noticed most manufacturers are beginning to release electric or hybrid editions of their best-sellers. This is becoming the standard.

The same can be said for the van world.

Ford, Renault, PSA and more have already either released or announced electric-powered versions of their iconic van models.

Renault’s Kangoo ZE is a fantastic option for businesses keen on taking the first steps in transforming their fleet to join the green revolution.

According to Renault’s official figures, the vehicle’s battery has a range of 120-200km depending on temperature conditions and the weight of cargo being transported.

This makes it ideal for businesses in urban areas affected by Clean Air Zones or Ultra Low Emissions Zones with lower daily mileage.

So, if you’re a city-based business interested in dipping your toes into the world of electric vehicles, Renault’s Kangoo ZE could be one of the best refrigerated vans for you.


You should choose this van if:

  • You’re affected by CAZ or ULEZ charges who want to reduce operating costs
  • You smaller, more agile vehicle for shorter, multi-drop routes
  • You are looking to drastically reduce their carbon footprint



So, that was our list of seven of the best refrigerated vans you can buy in 2022.

Choosing a van can take up a lot of time and effort, especially when also trying to juggle the day-to-day operations of your business.

Hopefully, this post has helped narrow down some of your options.

If you’d like to compare your options further, feel free to check out our full range of refrigerated vans for sale.

Alternatively, if you have any further questions you’d like us to answer, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Take care, everyone!



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