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DoneDeal of the week: Two vans that look the business while making light work of heavy loads

Looking for a commercial vehicle that works as hard as you do? We give you the popular Volkswagen Transporter and Renault Trafic.

LOOKING FOR A van that has many safety features, car-like comfort and a decent payload? These two commercial vehicles will do the job.

First up, this 161 Volkswagen Transporter T6 2.0 TDI

t6-4 Source: Gerry Cumiskey Ltd.

The Volkswagen Transporter T6 is a great van. It’s fuel efficient and feels very high quality and is quite refined too – and not just for a van.

This T6 has LED daytime running lights and H4 halogen headlights with headlight range adjustment and robust aluminium strips on the sides to protect against dents and scratches.

Source: Gerry Cumiskey Ltd.

Inside, the cabin has plenty of clever and useful storage compartments including storage under the seats. All windows are made of special green-tinted glass. They afford protection from solar radiation and reduce heat build-up in the interior.

There is also air-con and a “Composition Colour” radio system consisting of a five-inch TFT colour touchscreen, an MP3- and WMA-compatible CD drive, a 4 x 20 watt output with four loudspeakers, an SD-card slot, an AUX-IN interface, a USB port, Bluetooth and a dual tuner with PhaseDiversity for optimal radio reception.

Source: Gerry Cumiskey Ltd.

There is also a multifunction monochrome TFT display that shows up-to-date information, including exterior temperature, range, average speed, and fuel consumption.

Safety features include seatbelt warning, hill start assist and a brake assist system, which registers the speed at which the brake pedal is pressed and during a reflexive or emergency braking action, it ensures that full brake pressure is built up more quickly.

This van is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It produces 84hp has an average fuel consumption of 7.2 litres/100km. It has 8,500km on the clock with a €17,950 price tag.

Source: Gerry Cumiskey Ltd.

Next is this 161 Renault Trafic 1.6 dCi

Source: Linders of Chapelizod Renault & Dacia

This panel van has large distinctive headlights and a protective wraparound front bumper giving it a purposeful looking front.

renault_trafic_3 Source: Linders of Chapelizod Renault & Dacia

Round the back, there are unglazed, 180° rear doors and loading is made easy thanks to the low load threshold. This model comes with 16-inch steel wheels, roof bar fixings and a spare wheel with anti-theft spare wheel holder. There is a full steel bulkhead, an unglazed left side loading door and 80-litre fuel tank.

Source: Linders of Chapelizod Renault & Dacia

Inside, there are plenty of useful storage solutions in the cabin including 14 compartments, one of which can hold up to 54 litres, ideal for bulky items. There is also a trip computer, DAB radio with Bluetooth, USB socket and AUX input with 2x15W speakers, and a 12v power socket.

Source: Linders of Chapelizod Renault & Dacia

The driver’s seat has height and lumbar adjustment and has an armrest and the steering wheel has reach and rake adjustment. The windows are operated electronically and the door mirrors are heated with electric adjustment and external temperature sensor.

Source: Linders of Chapelizod Renault & Dacia

There are plenty of safety features too, including ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with HSA (Hill Start Assist) and Grip Xtend as well as ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution). This van also comes with an electronic immobiliser and remote central locking.

Source: Linders of Chapelizod Renault & Dacia

This Renault Trafic is powered by a 1.6 dCI engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with gear shift indicator. It has just 11km on the clock with a €20,850 price tag.

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