Ford Transit Nugget review

Category: Camper van

Section: Costs & verdict

Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior infotainment
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 front left cornering
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior dashboard
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior rear seats
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior infotainment
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 right tracking
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 left static rear door open
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior front seats
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior bed
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior under-seat storage
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior kitchen
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 rear door open
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 front left cornering
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior dashboard
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior rear seats
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior infotainment
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 right tracking
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 left static rear door open
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior front seats
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior bed
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior under-seat storage
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 interior kitchen
  • Ford Transit Custom Nugget 2021 rear door open

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Ford Transit Custom Nugget’s starting price is a little higher than basic versions of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo and VW California but those entry-level models don’t include most of the camping gear the Nugget includes as standard. You’re also likely to find big discounts on the Nugget that won’t be matched by those rivals, especially if you’re looking at PCP finance.

The Nugget’s fuel economy isn’t quite as good in our experience, at least if you choose the popular automatic gearbox. In our tests it managed just 29.5mpg while the Marco Polo and California were capable of more than 30mpg.

Overview

If you’re after a camper van with the peace of mind that full manufacturer backing brings, the Ford Transit Custom Nugget is worth considering, especially if you have kids. Given the level of equipment you get, its starting price is competitive before you’ve even considered heavy discounting from Ford, including on PCP finance. However, its layout won’t work for everyone and it’s nowhere near as good to drive as a VW California, let alone our favourite camper, the Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo.

  • Keen discounts from Ford
  • Punchy EcoBlue 185 engine
  • One of the few fully equipped five-seat campers
  • Slow-witted automatic gearbox
  • Mercedes Marco Polo has a classier interior
  • Ride and handling