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Understanding the Differences Between Short, Medium, and Long Wheelbase Vans

 Published 10th July 2024
Driver Guides 

When choosing a van to lease for your business, understanding the concept of wheelbase is crucial. The wheelbase, which refers to the distance between the front and rear axles of a vehicle, significantly affects the van's cargo space, manoeuvrability, and overall performance.

Let's explore the distinctions between short, medium, and long wheelbase vans to help you determine which is the best fit for your next van lease.


Short Wheelbase (SWB) Vans

A short wheelbase (SWB) van typically ranges from about 2.4 to 3.0 meters in length. A shorter wheelbase results in limited cargo space compared to medium and long wheelbase vans, making SWB vans ideal for smaller loads. Their excellent manoeuvrability makes them perfect for urban driving, particularly when navigating tight spaces and parking in crowded areas. SWB vans are a popular choice for tradespeople like plumbers and electricians, small businesses, and courier services that require easy navigation through city streets.

View our latest SWB van leasing offers.


Medium Wheelbase (MWB) Vans

A medium wheelbase (MWB) van typically ranges from about 3.0 to 3.5 meters in length. MWB vans offer more cargo space than Short Wheelbase (SWB) vans while remaining easy to drive in tighter spaces, making them suitable for both urban and suburban driving. These vans are ideal for businesses that need a balance of cargo capacity and manoeuvrability. They are an excellent choice for mid-sized delivery services or trades that require the transport of more equipment and tools.

View our latest MWB van leasing offers.


Large Wheelbase (LWB) Vans

A Long Wheelbase (LWB) van typically ranges from about 3.5 to 4.5 meters or more in length. These vans offer maximum cargo space, making them suitable for transporting larger loads or bulky items. Due to their size, manoeuvrability is reduced compared to Short Wheelbase (SWB) and Medium Wheelbase (MWB) vans, making them less ideal for tight city driving. LWB vans are best suited for logistics and construction businesses that need to transport large volumes of goods, heavy equipment, or oversized items.

View our latest LWB van leasing offers.

Explore Your Options with Gateway2Lease

At Gateway2Lease, we offer a wide range of vans across different wheelbase lengths to meet your specific business requirements. Whether you need the agility of a short wheelbase van, the versatility of a medium wheelbase van, or the capacity of a long wheelbase van, we have the perfect leasing solution for you. Contact us today to find the ideal van that matches your business needs.

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