Ford Transit Custom review

Category: Medium Van

Section: Introduction

Ford Transit Custom Trail with Van Awards logo
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail with Van Awards logo
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 interior dashboard
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 interior rear seats
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 interior infotainment
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 front left tracking
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 interior front seats
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 interior detail
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 rear doors open
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail with Van Awards logo
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 interior dashboard
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 interior rear seats
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 interior infotainment
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 front left tracking
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 interior front seats
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 interior detail
  • Ford Transit Custom Trail 2021 rear doors open
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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.

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.