Ford Transit Custom review

Category: Medium Van

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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The Ford Transit Custom was a runaway success from the start, and has consistently been the UK's best-selling van, popular with owner-drivers as well as fleets.

That success is partly down to the fact that the Transit name itself is synonymous with medium and large vans – so much so that in the UK many people simply call any van of this size a Transit van.

Like its larger two-tonne sibling the Ford Transit, the Custom comes with a choice of four different versions of Ford’s 2.0-litre diesel engine. There’s a powerful 182bhp version (great if you want masses of pulling power) as well as 104bhp, 128bhp and 167bhp models. 

Buyers have the choice of four trim levels – Base, Trend, Limited and Sport – and there's a huge range of options that can be added on as well. There are also more specialised Ford Transit Custom Active and Ford Transit Custom Trail models. Those are the more lifestyle variants of the van range and both are also available as Tourneo passenger versions.

If you’re in doubt as to which one suits your needs, the Active model is closer to an SUV in terms of its abilities and style, while the Trail is a more of a rugged off-roader, complete with macho pick-up truck styling and a bold F-O-R-D grille.

All Transits come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but there is also the option of a six-speed 'SelectShift' automatic that you can have with the two higher-powered engines.

Despite being the bestseller, the Transit Custom still has plenty of competition, making its dominance all the more impressive. The VW Transporter is a formidable alternative, while the Citroën DispatchPeugeot ExpertRenault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivaro can all lay claim to doing much the same job. 

As well as its name recognition and stylish looks – which have been updated with a trapezoid-shaped grille on this latest model – the outstanding breadth of the range is perhaps why it attracts so many customers. You can get short or long body versions, as well as a standard or high roof, making the Transit Custom almost as flexible as the larger Transit.

In this review, we'll tell you just how useful it is, how its load-lugging ability compares with its Mercedes Vito and VW Transporter rivals and other crucial information, including what it's like to drive, how comfortable the seats are and what it'll cost to buy and run.

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