Renting SUV vs Vans in Greece

We’re so excited you’re considering a visit to Greece. At Rental Center Crete, we work with thousands of tourists a year, and we’re happy to share the beauty of our Crete island with you, too. You’re going to love it here. We specifically provide rental cars for Crete, including car rentals at Heraklion Airport.

You might be asking yourself which type of car rental will best suit your travel plans. If you’re in a group of more than 2 or 3, an SUV or Van will probably be best, not only for legroom for people but luggage and shopping bag space.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Between SUV and Vans


While both types of vehicles are family-friendly, you have to consider one that can offer you and your family the safest experience.

When it comes to safety considerations between these two vehicles, the SUVs ace the competition, this is because most SUVs have stellar visibility and come with a higher ride height, especially three-row SUVs.

Nissan Xtrail

Nissan Xtrail

So, if you are looking for something that can offer you a more safety edge from these two types of vehicles, then you should consider SUV rentals in Greece.

Both vans and SUVs are incredibly safe as both have to go through numerous regulation testings before they can be sold to the public. An SUV is simply a better choice for certain types of travel.


The space available in these two vehicles is another essential consideration before renting one of them. Assuming that you are with your family or a group of friends, you need a car that can offer you ample space when roaming around the country.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan

Not only is space great for comfort, but a spacious vehicle also gives you better aeration. And this is especially necessary if you are inside the vehicle.

Between SUVs and minivans, the latter has more to offer when it comes to space and interior refinement. Most minivans are usually made with more space than your average three-row SUV.

Moreover, most minivans feature more inches of legroom and are typically seven inches longer than even the premium SUVs.

So, if you are looking for extra room and interior refinement when choosing between the two vehicles, minivans usually come on top.

Luggage Space

Other than you and your family’s or friend’s sitting space, you also need to consider where you’ll be carrying your belongings. When traveling in Greece, it’s obvious that you want to visit many places during the day. Additionally, you may also want to spend a night or two with your family in multiple destinations throughout your stay.

Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008

For this reason, you need a vehicle that can hold your cargo and all the treasures you find along the way. And when it comes to cargo space, minivans are the true winners. SUVs don’t even come close even when their back seats are folded. With minivans, you get way more cargo space.  Moreover, the backseats are foldable, meaning that you’ll even get ampler space if you don’t have to use those particular seats.

Handling and Performance on the Road

Driving well in Greece or any other country is also another essential consideration. And the best way to achieve that experience is by first having a vehicle that can deliver on all ends. When considering both these vehicles handling and performance capabilities on the road, it was a tie.

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

Both SUVs and minivans offer an almost similar experience on the road when it comes to their performance and handling.

This means that your preference will have more say on choosing one of the two vehicles after considering their almost similar performance and handling on the road.


The towing capacity of SUVs is a bit higher than the strongest minivans on the market. Many SUVs can tow up to 9,000 pounds of cargo capacity, depending on the model and brand as well. While minivans can offer you optimal luggage space, SUVs have more towing power when you need to tow your cargo in Greece.

Peugeot Rifter

Peugeot Rifter

Not all rental agencies will allow you to tow something behind your rental vehicle, so be sure and find out ahead of time.


The price of SUV rentals in Greece or van rentals in Greece is also another significant factor to consider.

So, which of the two types of vehicles is the most affordable or cost-effective to rent in Greece?

Our SUVs start at €44 per day. You can see all of our SUVs here.

Our vans start at €79 per day.

Peugeot Traveller

Peugeot Traveller

There are other charges to consider, like insurance and mileage, at other rentals, but at Rental Center Crete, our insurance is included, and our mileage is unlimited within Crete.

Choosing between these two cars depends on several factors as explained above. And if you want to rent either in Greece, we’re happy to help get you started!