Ford Tourneo Courier Kombi (2015 – 2023) Review

Ford Tourneo Courier Kombi (2015 – 2023) At A Glance


+Easy to drive, car-like handling, practical and spacious interior, low running costs.

-1.0 EcoBoost is lethargic with a full load, twin-sliding doors feel flimsy, interior quality could be better.

By 2019, with the demise of the C-Max, Ford had finally introduced the Tourneo Courier to the UK with either 1.0 EcoBoost or 1.5 TDCI engines and a 6-speed manual transmission.

Previously in the UK it had been offered as the Transit Courier Kombi with less luxurious seats.

Small in size but it's designed to combine the handling of a hatchback with the practically of a compact van. As a result it's an ideal choice if you want a no nonsense do-it-all runabout or are after a car on the Motability scheme, helped by sliding side doors. The design of the rear chassis frame and placement of the fuel tank centrally make it relatively easy to convert into a WAV (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle).

It is of course based on the Transit Courier van and its practicality is evident in the 708 litres of bootspace. Remove the rear seats and the Courier Kombi will provide an even bigger 1656 litres of carrying capacity, which makes it useful for all manner of jobs, with room for a small sofa, camping equipment or flat pack furniture. Access is easy too, thanks to the low boot floor and wide opening area of the rear doors. The only problem with that is they need to be unbolted otherwise they take up half the load space, even when tumble folded.

The engine line-up is limited three options - one petrol and two diesels - although none of the engines are particularly potent, which can leave the Courier feeling rather breathless when fully loaded. That said, both the petrol and diesels are efficient with a claimed maximum of 76.3mpg for the original 1.6 TDCi (later replaced by a 1.5TDCI).

The Courier Kombi uses the same platform as the Fiesta, which provides good handling with positive corning and excellent road holding. Even with five adults and a loaded boot, the Courier Kombi is rewarding to drive with its wide windscreen and large side windows giving great visibility and making it easy to and park.

The sliding doors makes it easy to get everyone in and out of the Tourneo Courier. While the the interior of the Courier Kombi disappointed, with lots of cheap, dark plastics that cover the doors, lower dash and centre stack, it has been significantly improved in Tourneo Courier trim.

However, despite the occasional shortcomings, the Tourneo Courier remains a fun and compact MPV that provides lots of everyday practically. The interior is spacious, with acres of head and leg room, while the Fiesta-base make the Courier easy to drive on all roads and in all weathers. 

Ask Honest John

Which small van with windows should I buy?

"I am looking for small vans with four doors and side windows, what ideas do you have?"
The Ford Tourneo Courier Kombi is a great small van with windows and five seats: You can also get the Vauxhall Combo with rear windows and a second row of seats that can be folded into the bulkhead when they are not required:
Answered by Dan Powell

What mid-size vehicle will fit a mobility scooter in the boot?

"We need an automatic car as my wife is disabled and can only drive automatic. We also need a big enough boot to fit a mobility scooter, although we slide it in instead of lifting it over the boot sill. I am 70 this year. We were going to buy the Ford B-Max automatic until we read on the forum about juddering problems. Can you suggest a nearly new alternative car similar size and price range? We don't want an Estate or SUV."
Your best bet is probably a Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 110 EAT6: You can get a cheaper Fiat Qubo, Citroen Nemo Multispace and Peugeot Bipper Tepee with a fairly awful automated manual transmission. It worked well in this test, but feedback on reliability gives it the thumbs down: I think Ford will start importing the Ford Courier Tourneo with RHD to replace the B-Max, but no word on that yet or whether it will come with a Powershift that would be the same as the B-Max's.
Answered by Honest John
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