Awards reveal best van of 2010

The underrated marque was awarded the Van of the Year award for its flagship Master van and picked up three other awards out of the 13 on offer.

The Master van was also awarded the Large Van of the Year award, while the as-yet-unreleased Renault Kangoo Z.E. was honoured in the technology category.

Renault itself was awarded Editor’s Choice award for its customer initiatives, including the iCare servicing scheme.

The top award was given to the Renault Master van and Vauxhall Morano, both of which are rebadged versions of the same van.

"The Vauxhall Movano and Renault Master are excellent new additions to the light commercial vehicle market and have proved themselves to be worthy recipients of the top What Van? Award," said What Van? Editor Paul Barker. "The increased breadth of range, including rear-wheel drive models for the first time, and the industry-leading levels of interior functionality and practicality in particular swayed the judges’ decision."

Praised for its practicality, styling and low running costs, the Master finished ahead of perennial favourites such as the Ford Transit to take the top award.

Darren Payne, Renault UK’s Director, Fleet and Commercial Vehicle Operations, said: "We’re delighted that our LCV product and service quality efforts have been acknowledged so wholeheartedly, particularly for New Master van, which is arguably one of the best vans in the market."

The van market grew by over 25 per cent in November, and Renault is now targeting a larger market share in the UK after winning more awards than any other manufacturer.

It will also become the first manufacturer to release an all-electric van in the UK when the Kangoo Z.E. arrives in 2011.

The Kangoo Z.E. will cost from £16,990 with a monthly battery rental of £59 before VAT.