Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Ford Tourneo Custom costs less to buy than the Mercedes V-Class and VW Caravelle but you can pick up a Citroën Spacetourer or Peugeot Traveller for less. It’s also worth noting that the Tourneo Custom’s diesel engines aren’t quite as economical as their equivalents in the Traveller and Spacetourer, so it will cost more to fuel.
So why not just buy the Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid, then? Well, the plug-in hybrid costs significantly more than an equivalent so you would need to do a serious number of miles to offset the initial cost. The plug-in hybrid is predicted to depreciate at a far quicker rate than a regular Tourneo, which is disappointing – the standard diesel has better predicted residuals than the Traveller and Spacetourer, but isn’t quite as depreciation proof as the V-Class and Caravelle.