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Rear-wheel-drive vans used to offer capacity, but not payload, but the Movano and Master have changed that. The 1,176kg of payload now makes the Movano a genuine multi-purpose vehicle offering enormous volume capacity and a sizeable payload. Upgrading the engine to Euro-5, ditching the old 2.5-litre unit in favour of the 2.3-litre CDTi block has made the range greener and more fuel efficient, without compromising power and performance.
At £30,423 our test model isn’t cheap, but with £2,000 of extras that include automatic lights and rain sensitive wipers it is well equipped above and beyond the needs of a fleet vehicle. We would, however, specify the resin-coated plywood floor (£225) and the full-height ply lining (£550) to boost resale desirability and protect the vehicle’s panelling.
From a technical point of view, however, it is the manner in which the Movano conducts itself on the road that is the most impressive, as it genuinely feels like a much smaller van. The Movano could be used to cover a serious number of miles as the ride and cab comfort are both exceptional.