Ford Transit Nugget review

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Ford Transit Nugget’s starting price is a little higher than basic versions of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo or Volkswagen California, but those entry-level models don’t include much of the camping gear the Nugget includes as standard. 

The Nugget’s fuel economy is better, too; over 30mpg is easily achievable in the real world. CO2 emissions are on the high side by comparison to a typical 2.0-litre diesel car, but this is basically a big, heavy van after all. And, when it comes to resale, although the California holds onto its value a little better, the Nugget depreciates more slowly than the Marco Polo. 

Standard equipment includes 16in alloy wheels, cruise control, heated front seats and electric front windows. That’s on top of the visibility aids, infotainment system and extensive camping kit we mentioned earlier.

The Nugget’s basis, the Ford Transit Custom, received a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and was found to provide better protection from injuries in the event of a crash than the Volkswagen Transporter van on which the California is based. Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is optional in conjunction with adaptive cruise control; blindspot monitoring is also available.

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Overview

If you’re after a camper van with the peace of mind that full manufacturer backing brings, the Ford Transit Custom Nugget is one of the best. Given the level of equipment you get, its starting price looks like good value and it stacks up as somewhere to live, too. It’s also comfier than the Volkswagen California, if not quite as plush inside.

  • Well priced for a factory-approved conversion
  • Punchy EcoBlue 185 engine
  • Pretty comfortable
  • Slow-witted automatic gearbox
  • Volkswagen California has a classier interior
  • Limited rear visibility

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