Ford Transit Courier review

Category: Small Van

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Ford Transit Courier with Van Awards logo
  • Ford Transit Courier action
  • Ford Transit Courier load space
  • Ford Transit Courier - interior
  • Ford Transit Courier van rear
  • Ford Transit Courier with Van Awards logo
  • Ford Transit Courier action
  • Ford Transit Courier load space
  • Ford Transit Courier - interior
  • Ford Transit Courier van rear
What Car?’s Transit Courier deals

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

When it was launched, the Ford 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 Transit Courier can be specified with safety in mind.

Trend models give you underseat and overhead storage compartments, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, a locking glovebox, electric windows, automatic headlights and wipers, and that 4in screen with DAB radio. There’s also a 12v power point inside the rear loadspace, and a side loading door.

Limited trim adds to that with manual air-conditioning, rear-parking sensors and the 6.0in touchscreen. Limited vans also get body coloured bumpers, door handles and mirrors as well as 15in alloy wheels.

The Sport trim level doesn’t build on the Limited spec van kit list, but rather the Trend model, adding a leather gear knob and gaiter with contrast red stitching, plus manual air-conditioning. The rest of the alterations are to the exterior and include sports stripes, black-painted heated door mirrors, body coloured side mouldings and 16in alloys.

For the level of equipment on offer, we’d recommend the Trend as the best starting point. If you really feel the need to add the larger touchscreen, you’ll need around £1000 more to step up to Limited or specify it as an option. It’s a good system and will enhance the user experience over the sometimes-buggy SYNC 3 (although software updates have made it vastly more reliable).

Ford Transit Courier van rear

Overview

Small vans like the Courier don’t sell in big numbers, which is evident by the lack of competition in the market. 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 the company's finest work.

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