Ford Transit Courier review

Category: Small Van

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

When it was launched, the Transit Courier led the way in terms of safety equipment fitted to a van, thanks to the large number of airbag options available. 

While only the driver’s airbag is standard (a legal requirement), the option of adding side airbags, curtain airbags and knee airbags means the Courier cam be specified with safety in mind.

On top of the airbag options, electronic stability control, Hill Start Assist, Roll-Over Mitigation and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution are all standard, along with Trailer Sway Control when a towbar is fitted.

A 36-month warranty is standard, covering you for up to 100,000 miles. However, a five-year warranty package is available. Servicing is required every 20,000 miles or every 12 months.

Fuel economy under the latest WLTP test regime shows the 75bhp diesel engine to have a fuel economy of 52.3mpg, that figure being significantly lower than the 65.7mpg recorded under the old NEDC testing. Nevertheless, the Courier is one of those vans that, if driven carefully, can come close to the official figures. Expect a high-40mpg fuel economy from the little Ford van across all three engine outputs.

We’d recommend the 98bhp van as the one to buy, but if your budget can’t stretch to it, the 74bhp diesel is a decent substitute.

The trim level you opt for will likely come down to whether you can live without that touchscreen and the connectivity it brings, but Trend is definitely the best value trim level in terms of how much equipment it packs.

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Overview

Small vans like the Courier don’t sell in big numbers, which is evident by the lack of competition in the market. For some it might be the ideal sized van but buying a slightly larger more practical van with wider appeal could be more beneficial when it comes to selling it on. If you’re set on a Courier though, you won’t be disappointed. All Ford vans are good to drive, but the Transit Courier is among their finest work.

  • Excellent handling
  • Comfortable
  • Well equipped above base models
  • It's a very compact van
  • Low payload for a CV

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