van glossary

Measurement between front and rear axle (this does not determine the load length). 

Measurement from bulkhead to rear doors - the measurement given in manufacturer brochures is taken at floor level so it will be shorter higher up due to bulkhead intrusion.

Measurement from floor to roof. 

Low Roof = H1

Medium Roof = H2

High Roof = H3

Super High Roof = H4

Minimum width is the measurement between wheel arches.

Maximum width is the measurement between side walls. 

GVW is the maximum permissible plated weight the van can carry. 

The unladen weight of a vehicle i.e. the weight of a vehicle without any load. 

Payload = GVW less Kerb weight

The weight of the driver, fuel consumables etc. must be deducted from the payload. This differs for different manufacturers, so care must be taken when comparing as not all 3.5t vehicle payloads will be the same. 

Maximum permitted weight of the vehicle and trailer load i.e. GVW + a trailers GVW.

Load volume / Load space is the amount of space in the load area of a van, usually described in cubic metres (M3).

Partition between load area and driver's compartment.

Additional row of seats behind the driver. Double Cab is also known as Crew Van/ Combi/ DCVI.

Simply based on the corresponding car payload circa 550 (kg) & 1.0m3 load volume.

Stylish small vans with impressive fuel economy and handling thanks to passenger car roots. The rear seats are removed and the rear windows blanked out. 

A vehicle that requires a body conversion to be fitted such as a Tipper, Dropside or Luton.