Vauxhall Movano for Vanlife: 10 Reasons Why It’s the Best

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Considering the Vauxhall Movano for Vanlife?

With great gas mileage, low upfront cost, and a square interior shape, the Movano is a great option for European vanlifers.

But how does it stack up against other popular models like the Sprinter, Transit, & ProMaster?

In this post, we’ll find out.

Here’s everything you’ll learn:

10 Reasons Why Vanlifers Like the Vauxhall Movano

The Movano is spacious, comparatively inexpensive, & comes with a 100,000 mile warranty  – but is it the best option for vanlife?

Here are 10 reasons why vanlifers like the Vauxhall Movano:

  1. Comes In Electric: The 2022 Vauxhall Movano now comes in a 100% electric option. If you want to reduce your emissions and have access to car chargers, this is a huge plus.
  2. Lots of Interior Room: The largest Vauxhall Movano option offers tons of interior room for a large van build – though it’s not quite as large as the largest Sprinter (see size comparison).
  3. Long-Lasting Engine: Diesel engines in general, but specifically Movano engines are known to be robust and last a very long time.
  4. Great Gas Mileage: Compared to the Transit, Sprinter, and Promaster, the Movano has the best gas mileage at 24.9 MPG combined and 30.6 MPG highway (see mileage comparison).
  5. Inexpensive New and Used: The Movano is relatively inexpensive new, and much cheaper used than comparable options because there is far less demand for these cars compared to Sprinters and Transits (see price comparison).
  6. Oil Service Every 25,000 Miles: The Movano only needs to have an oil change every 25,000 miles, which means you can go way longer between oil services compared to other cars.
  7. Lots of Height and Length Options: The Movano offers four different height options and three different wheelbase lengths.
  8. Newer Models Look Cool: The Movano recently underwent a “facelift” and the new models are pretty cool to look at (almost as cool as Sprinters).
  9. Can Handle Heavy Builds: The Movano offers a generous payload so it can handle the heaviest of interior builds.
  10. 100,000-mile Warranty on New Vehicles: Vauxhall offers a 100,000-mile warranty on all Movanos–way more than the 30,000-mile warranty Ford offers for Transits.

8 Reasons Why Vanlifers Dislike the Vauxhall Movano

As with every vehicle, there are downsides to the Movano.

Here are 8 reasons why vanlifers dislike the Vauxhall Movano:

  1. Needs to be Imported: Vauxhall manufacturers and operates in Europe, so if you live in the U.S., you’ll need to import the vehicle or purchase it used from someone who has imported it.
  2. Few Aftermarket Options: The Movano is much more commonly used as a work van than it is for vanlife, so there are fewer aftermarket roof boxes, and interior kits compared to the very popular vanlife vans.
  3. Uncomfortable to Drive: Owners say the driver’s seat gets uncomfortable during long drives.
  4. Fewer Conversion Companies Work on Them: It will be way more difficult to find a conversion company to convert a Movano compared to the more popular vanlife vans.
  5. Engine Not Powerful Enough for Largest Size: Owners say that the larger Movanos can overload the engine and they have trouble getting up to speed.
  6. Steering Wheel Height Not Adjustable: The Movano’s steering wheel is fixed in place and can’t be adjusted if you’re taller or shorter than the average height.
  7. Plasticky Interior: The interior of the Movano–like other less expensive vans has a cheap and plasticky feeling.
  8. Not Easy to Service in The U.S.: If you own a Movano in the U.S., it will be difficult and costly to service since not many mechanics in the U.S. are familiar with these vehicles.

 

9 Amazing Vauxhall Movano Van Builds

With square interior walls, 3 different wheelbases, and 4 different roof heights, the Movano provides tons of options for designing a layout… but which is the best?

Here are 9 of the coolest Vauxhall Movano ever:

Build #9: Cozy Movano with Front Couch and Wardrobe

  • Highlights: This Movano has a high fixed bed with enough room underneath for bike storage at the back. A large wardrobe separates the bed from the kitchen area, which is just a two-burner propane stove on a countertop and small sink. At the very front is a small cozy couch.
  • Van: Vauxhall Movano MWB
  • Owner: @sebsantabarbara

 

Build #8: Fixed-bed Movano with L-shaped Kitchen

  • Highlights: This clean Opel Movano (same model as the Vauxhall but sold under the Opel name in Germany) features a fixed bed, slide out table, book shelf, and wrap around kitchen that separates the living area from the cab.
  • Van: Vauxhall Movano SWB
  • Owner: @van_jjourney

 

Build #7: Movano Build with Convertible Bed and L-Shaped Kitchen

  • Highlights: This DIY build has a unique U-shaped couch that converts into a large bed. In the front is an L-shaped kitchen with lots of storage underneath.
  • Van: Vauxhall Movano MWB
  • Owner: @travelinginstyle

 

Build #6: Movano with Two-Wall Kitchen and Roof Deck

  • Highlights: This Movano has a fixed bed in the back in front of a slide-out table for a dinette. The two-wall kitchen has gas stove and copper Morrocan sink on one side, and prep space on the other. It’s all topped off with a roof deck that fits a hammock.
  • Van: 2006 Vauxhall Movano MWB
  • Owner: @wherewetravelto

 

Build #5: Off-Grid Ready Movano with Unique No-Wall Shower

  • Highlights: This professional Movano build from Off Grid Campers has a fixed bed and kitchen cabinetry made of reclaimed pine. The most notable feature is the no-wall shower, which sits in front of the kitchen. Instead of taking up extra space to install a shower “room”, they’ve just added a curtain that can be put up and taken down.
  • Van: Vauxhall Movano MWB
  • Owner: @off_grid_campers

 

Build #4: Modern-Build Vauxhall with Swing

  • Highlights: This Movano Has a high fixed bed and a one-wall kitchen with a sink and two-burner stove. A dining table pulls out from the countertop, and owners Ashley and Stuart have installed a rope swing at the door.
  • Van: Vauxhall Movano LWB
  • Owner: @ontheroadagaintravels

 

Build #3: Rustic-Style Movano with Wood-Burning Heater

  • Highlights: This log cabin-esque Movano combines some rustic features like the all-wood cabinetry and the wood-burning heather, with some modern amenities like a Dometic fridge and induction stove top.
  • Van: Vauxhall Movano MWB
  • Owner: @vanlifetv.uk

 

Build #2: Bright Red Movano with Fixed Bed and Pull-Out Table Dinette

  • Highlights: This firetruck red Movano build has a high fixed bed, with a slide-out table for the dinette, as well as a slide-out toilet. The kitchen is double-walled and has a cool industrial-looking copper faucet and a wooden coverup for the sink.
  • Van: Vauxhall Movano LWB
  • Owner: @sheisthelostgirl

 

Build #1: Movano with Lots of Wood Cabinetry and Wall-Separated Driver’s Cab

  • Highlights: The smaller, sideways facing bed in this Movano makes for lots more room for the kitchen area. The kitchen has a two-burner stove, tons of cabinetry, and a small booth. It’s all separated from the driver’s cab by a wall.
  • Van: 2009 Vauxhall Movano MWB
  • Owner: @jordanbently_

 

Cost, Dimensions, & Fuel Economy

Now that you know a little more about the Movano, let’s see how it stacks up against the Sprinter, Transit, & ProMaster.

Vauxhall Movano Cost

Cost: Movana vs Sprinter vs Transit vs ProMaster

ModelNewUsedPrice
Vauxhall Movano SWB$38,501$17,621Check Price
Vauxhall Movano MWB$40,447$20,049Check Price
Vauxhall Movano LWB$43,036$23,867Check Price
Vauxhall Movano Electric$59,016N/AN/A
Ram ProMaster 118”$39,490$28,000Check Price
Ram ProMaster 136”$41,250$30,000Check Price
Ram ProMaster 159”$44,450$32,000Check Price
Ford Transit 130”$41,665$30,000Check Price
Ford Transit 148”$42,940$31,000Check Price
Ford Transit 148” Ext$48,085$34,000Check Price
Mercedes Sprinter 144”$41,300$60,000Check Price
Mercedes Sprinter 170”$45,340$70,000Check Price
Mercedes Sprinter 170” Ext$50,660$75,000Check Price

 

Vauxhall Movano Dimensions

Dimensions: Movana vs Sprinter vs Transit vs ProMaster

ModelInterior HeightInterior Length (cargo)Interior WidthExt Length
Vauxhall Movano SWB74.6 inches121.4 inches69.5 inches218.4 inches
Vauxhall Movano MWB80.6 inches147 inches69.5 inches244 inches
Vauxhall Movano LWB84.4 inches172.6 inches69.5 inches269.6 inches
Ram ProMaster 118”66 inches96 inches75 inches195.4 inches
Ram ProMaster 136”66 inches120 inches75 inches213.2 inches
Ram ProMaster 159”77 inches144 inches75 inches236.2 inches
Ford Transit 130”56.9 inches126 inches69 inches219.9 inches
Ford Transit 148”56.9 inches143.7 inches69 inches235.5 inches
Ford Transit 148” Ext81.5 inches172.2 inches69 inches263.9 inches
Mercedes Sprinter 144”67.7 inches132.9 inches70.4 inches233.5 inches
Mercedes Sprinter 170”79 inches173 inches70 inches290 inches
Mercedes Sprinter 170” Ext79 inches189 inches70 inches274 inches

 

Vauxhall Movano Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy: Movana vs Sprinter vs Transit vs ProMaster

ModelCityHighwayCombined
Vauxhall Movano -2.2 L Turbo Diesel19.2 MPG30.6 MPG24.9 MPG
Ram ProMaster – 3.6 L V6 19 MPG 25 MPG 21 MPG
Ram ProMaster – 2.4 L V4 21 MPG28 MPG 24 MPG
Ford Transit – 3.5L PFDi V614 MPG18 MPG16 MPG
Ford Transit – 3.5L EcoBoost® V618 MPG24 MPG21 MPG
Ford Transit – 2.0L GDI I-419 MPG27 MPG23 MPG
Mercedes Sprinter – 2.1L L4 Gas21 MPG24 MPG22 MPG
Mercedes Sprinter – 2.1L L4 Diesel21 MPG24 MPG22 MPG
Mercedes Sprinter – 3.0L V6 Diesel18 MPG21 MPG19.5 MPG

 

Conclusion: Is the Vauxhall Movano Right for you?

There are a lot of reasons to like the Vauxhall Movano: It’s affordable, reliable, & gets great gas mileage – but it may not be for you.

Biggest factors:

  • Inexpensive new and used
  • Great gas mileage (30.6 MPG highway)
  • Square interior shape with lots of wheelbase and roof heigh options
  • 100,000 mile warranty

So should you get one?

Yes! We’d recommend the Movano over the Sprinter, Transit, or ProMaster for Europe based vanlifers who want a more budget friendly build.

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