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Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2023: Best Compact Van

Despite being one of the smallest vans available, the Ford Transit Courier provides enough space, comfort and value to suit a large variety of business drivers...

Best Compact Van

Ford Transit Courier

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Priced from £17,080 (Excl. VAT) Fuel economy 42.1-57.6mpg  CO2 emissions 129-156g/km  Load space 2.3m3  Payload 566-595kg  Power 75-99bhp Torque 125-159lb ft

What do the iPad Mini, the Amazon Echo Dot and the MicoSD memory card have in common? Well, they’re all smaller versions of existing technology. They package up all the benefits of their larger siblings and present them in a form factor that’s more practical for more people. And that’s precisely what makes the Ford Transit Courier such an efficient compact van.

Ford Transit Courier - interior

Sharing most of its underpinnings and engine range with the Ford Fiesta small car, the Transit Courier is engaging to drive, with agile handling, a comfortable ride and lots of equipment if you go for our recommended Trend trim level.

But it’s also a van that’s capable of carrying a deceptively large load. In fact, its boxy rear end offers more than twice the load volume of even the largest car-derived vans, and with a maximum payload approaching 600kg, the Transit Courier is close to competing with larger vans from the segment above, such as the Renault Kangoo and Vauxhall Combo Cargo.

While it can’t offer the breadth of choice in body types that its larger siblings, the Transit Custom and Transit Connect, are able to, the little Transit Courier van makes up for it with a choice of gutsy diesel engines. There’s a 99bhp 1.0-litre petrol, too, and it’s a peach, yet it should also be relatively cheap to run.

Ford Transit Courier rear

The Transit Courier may be little, but there’s no doubting that it is a proper commercial vehicle, with such practical features as twin wide-aperture sliding doors and a folding mesh bulkhead with a collapsible passenger seat.

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