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Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2023: Best Medium Van

It's been a staple of UK van sales charts for years, but there's good sense behind the Ford Transit Custom's popularity – it's great to drive, practical and offers drivers lots of choice...

Best Medium Van

Ford Transit Custom

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Priced from £28,145 (Excl. VAT) Fuel economy 31.7-40.9mpg  CO2 emissions 67-234g/km Load space 6-8.3m3  Payload 686-1460kg  Power 103-183bhp  Torque 228-306lb ft

If you want to get a sense of how important the Ford Transit Custom is to keeping Britain moving, consider this; it was not only the nation’s best-selling commercial vehicle in 2021, but the best-selling vehicle, full stop.

That’s right, while supply chain shortages and buyer habits changed the way we shopped last year, the Ford Transit Custom outsold every single car in Britain. That’s how popular it is.

Ford Transit Custom rear

And with very good reason, too. For starters, it’s supremely practical, coming in a vast array of lengths and heights, and with enough choice in its engine range to suit most businesses. In 2023, there will even be a brand new electric version, called the E-Transit Custom.

The Transit Custom might have a slightly smaller load capacity than its key rivals from Stellantis’ group of brands (that’s the Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro to most of us), as well as the Volkswagen Transporter, but the Transit Custom hits back by being better to drive than all of those, and by offering a range of gross vehicle weights from 2.6-3.4 tonnes – enabling it to compete with larger vans from the segment above.

Ford Transit Custom interior

Whether you opt for entry-level Leader trim, high-spec Sport, lifestyle-focused Active or the off-road capable Trail, there’s a Transit Custom to suit just about everyone – and that’s where this van’s appeal lies. 

The sales charts confirm its undeniable success, but it’s the diversity and constant reinvention of this van that keeps it at the top of the pile in the most fiercely contested sector of the van market.

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