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FORD Transit Custom

Ford Transit Custom Review

Highlights

* High quality, car-like, cabin

* Great to drive

* Efficient engines

* Great resale values

 

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Ford Transit Custom 2.0 130hp Trend

 

Ford Transit Custom - Overview

The current generation of Ford Transit Custom was first launched in 2013 and has just undergone a mid-life upgrade. The Transit Custom is one of the UK’s most popular vans and sits in the medium van category. It can be ordered in two different lengths and two different heights. A crew cab version is also available.

DRIVING

What is the Ford Transit Custom like to drive?

Ford is renowned for producing great driving vehicles, be their cars or vans, and the Transit Custom is no exception. Within its class, the Ford Transit Custom has one of the most involving and near-carlike drives. While this isn’t necessarily top of the priorities in a van, the accurate steering and nimble chassis means the van is easy to manoeuver and place on the road.

Ford plays to this aspect with the Sport version, which uses a 170hp diesel and a sports styling kit, to produce a decidedly powerful van. You can even order it with racing stripes. As well as great steering, the ride comfort is excellent too. The seats are particularly supportive and easy to adjust to different drivers. While the 105hp engine may sound low on power it still offers great performance although those frequently carrying full loads may want to opt for the 130hp 2.0-litre diesel.

 

 

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Diesel engines:

  • 2.0 105hp, 157-174g/km CO2 (35-37% BIK), 41.5-46.3mpg
  • 2.0 130hp, 157-186g/km CO2 (35-37% BIK), 39.2-46.3mpg
  • 2.0 170hp, 162-187g/km CO2 (36-37% BIK), 39.2-44.1mpg

 

Gearbox:

  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed auto

 

Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.
 

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

Ford Transit Custom trim levels explained

The Transit Courier has four trim levels, though the Sport Van isn’t available with a high roof.

Base

  • 15” steel wheels
  • Full-size spare
  • Remote central locking
  • Bluetooth
  • Passenger side sliding load door
  • Trip computer
  • Roll stability control
  • Side wind mitigation
  • Two 12 volt power points
  • Metal bulkhead
  • Powered front windows

 

Trend (in addition to Base)

  • Wheel covers
  • Front fog lights
  • Power/heated door mirrors
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • DAB radio, 4” screen, with USB socket
  • Body coloured front bumper
  • Auto lights & wipers
  • Lumbar adjust driver’s seat
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Quick-clear windscreen

 

Limited (in addition to Trend)

  • 16” alloys
  • Body colour handles, rear bumper and side mouldings
  • 4” touch screen for stereo & SYNC3
  • Heated seats
  • Aircon
  • Front passenger airbag
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm

 

Sport Van (in addition to Limited)

  • 17” alloys on 310 model or 18” on 290 model
  • Air conditioning
  • Sports body skirts
  • Sports stripes
  • Leather seats
  • Lane keeping alert
  • Rear view camera

 

How to spec the Ford Transit Custom

With two wheelbase lengths, two heights of roof and the option of a crew-cab there are plenty of decisions to make about which version to go for. The best overall size and layout will depend on your business needs. However, it’s worth noting that the popularity of the Transit means that all have great residual values so there’s no downside, whichever shape and size you pick.

What is worth paying attention to is the specification and engine. The entry-level Base versions are well equipped but the mid-spec Trend models add a few desirable items such as a car-like infotainment screen, quick-clear windscreen and a USB socket. Plus, this specification also adds the super-useful parking sensors, which help reduce parking damage.

Aircon isn’t standard until you reach Limited specification but can be ordered for £600, which is worth it to keep both occupants happy and residuals strong.

 

Ford Transit Custom Interior – what’s it like?

Anyone who’s driven a recent Ford car will now be familiar with the cabin dashboard in the latest Ford Transit Custom. This is a great thing as it means that the Transit Custom, depending on trim level, comes with an easy to use infotainment screen that allows phone synchronisation.In short wheelbase, regular roof, regular cab guise the Transit Custom offers 6.0cu metres of room in the load bay (that’s enough for two europallets) and a payload capacity of up to 1,530kg. Need more capacity? Then the long wheelbase, high-roof version has 8.3cu metres available (enough for three europallets), although the maximum payload drops to 1,395kg.

Even the short wheelbase model with a double-cab can still carry one europallet and 1,422kg.

THE ALTERNATIVES

Ford Transit Custom Alternatives

Rivals include the Volkswagen Transporter, Mercedes Vito, Vauxhall Vivaro, Renault Trafic, Citroen Dispatch, Peugeot Expert.

VERDICT

Verdict

Ford’s Transit Custom is, rightly, exceedingly popular thanks to a great cabin, excellent equipment levels and plenty of room in the load bay. That popularity extends to the used van market, which means residuals are strong too. What’s more, it’s also one of the best vans to drive.

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