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FORD Transit Courier
Ford Transit Courier Review
- Practical, urban van dimensions
- Brilliant to drive
- Great-looking little van
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Ford Transit Courier - Overview
Launched in late 2014, the Transit Courier is the baby of Ford’s van line-up, designed to slot in below the Transit Connect and aimed at urban operators looking to combine a practical square load space with great manoeuvrability and compact dimensions. It comes as a two-seat panel van or with a second row of seats in Combi form.
What is the Ford Transit Courier like to drive?
As is the case with all Ford models, the Transit Courier is a great drive, combining well-weighted steering with a robust chassis and range of decent engines.
The small dimensions make for a nippy urban runaround of a van, especially with the award-winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine that, while in the minority of sales, is finding some favour with low-mileage city operators.
But all the engines offer great performance and are more than capable of hauling the 660kg payload allowed in the diesels, and 650kg for the petrol.
The five-speed manual gearbox shifts nicely between ratios and the ride quality is excellent, especially when the van is loaded.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 1.0 Ecoboost 100hp, 120g/km CO2, (25% BIK), 53.3mpg
- 1.5 TDCi 75hp, 99-104g/km CO2 (23-24% BIK), 70.6-74.3mpg
- 1.5 TDCi 95hp, 96-104g/km CO2, (23-24% BIK), 70.6-76.3mpg
- 5-speed manual
Ford Transit Courier trim levels explained
The Transit Courier has three trim levels, though the five-seat Combi comes only in the Base spec.
- 15” steel wheels
- Full-size spare
- Remote central locking
- DAB radio
- Fixed shaped bulkhead
- Hill launch assist
- Trailer sway control
- Roll over mitigation
- USB socket
Trend (in addition to Base)
- Wheel covers
- Front fog lights
- 12v socket in loadbox
- Sliding side door (nearside)
- Auto headlamps and wipers
- Powered/heated door mirrors
- Body coloured mirrors and handles
- height and lumbar adjust driver’s seat
- Electric front windows
- Trip computer
Sport (in addition to Trend)
- 16” alloys
- Air conditioning
- Body coloured bumpers
- Sports stripes
- Steering wheel audio controls
How to spec the Ford Transit Courier
Having just the one body style, unless you want more seating and less load area with the Combi, makes it easy to spec a Courier. If you need a humble workhorse, the Base is a great option as it’s built for urban couriering. But for owner drivers, or those that wish to give their employees additional comfort, stepping up to Trend is a good option, thanks to the extra niceties. But there are a decent number of cost effective ways to upgrade the Transit Courier.
Air conditioning is the obvious one, which on the Trend model costs £480, or £600 if you combine it with sat nav.
A second sliding side loading door on the offside costs £210 and might be handy for some, as might the £48 LED loadbox lighting.
From a practical perspective, a second key is £12 and is possibly wise, while the speed limiter that can be set for 56, 62 or 70mph costs £60 and has fuel-saving and safety benefits.
Ford Transit Courier Interior – what’s it like?
Taking its cabin from the Ford car range, the Transit Courier is pleasant on the inside and crams a decent amount of practicality into its small dimensions.
All models get a lidded glovebox, lockable on Trend and Sport trim levels. The same specifications get a handy overhead storage shelf as well as an arm rest to go with height-adjustable driver’s seat and lumbar support.
But it’s easy to get comfortable, and not cramped like you might expect from a compact van, while Trend specification upwards get Ford’s Sync infotainment system.
Storage includes door bins with cupholders in each, a tray between the front seats and another pair of central cupholders.
Ford Transit Courier Alternatives
Rivals include the Citroen Nemo, Fiat Fiorino Cargo, Ford Fiesta van, Mercedes Citan Compact, Peugeot Bipper and Vauxhall Corsa van.
The Ford Transit Courier is a great little van. Good looking, well-equipped, great to drive and with compact practicality. It’s the leading small delivery van for those that need something bigger and more van-like than a car-derived model such as the Ford Fiesta van.