Ford Transit Custom PHEV Review 2024

Ford Transit Custom PHEV At A Glance


+Good to drive, lively performance, flexible body styles, unique in segment

-Engine note can be intrusive when it kicks in

Ford was the first manufacturer to bring a Plug-in Hybrid mid-size van to market and it remains unique in its sector for the second generation, based on the 2024-onward Ford Transit Custom. Now significantly developed with a larger engine and bigger battery, it’s a very different van, but is the Ford Transit Custom PHEV right for you? Read our comprehensive Ford Transit PHEV review to find out.

It was back in 2018 when Ford first introduced a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford Transit Custom but things have come a very long way in a short time, meaning the latest version is  substantially different under the bonnet.

Whereas the previous model used a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine alongside a 13.6kWh battery, the latest Ford Transit Custom PHEV offers a lot more. The 1.0-litre engine has been replaced by a 2.5-litre unit, with a smaller but more efficient 11.8kWh battery pack that can be charged far more quickly – under four hours for a full top-up on a domestic supply. The combined WLTP fuel economy figure is 171.6mpg, but this doesn’t really apply to longer distance work. Regardless, it’s an efficient van, especially in urban applications.

Also improved over the older model is towing capacity, which has gone from nil to an impressive 2,300kg. As electric and plug-in vehicles evolve, they get better with each generation, and on paper this generation of Ford Transit Custom PHEV is an impressive piece of kit.

Visually, it differs little from the diesel models – the only real giveaway being a discreet charging port in the bumper.

Total payload is 1,088kg (239kg less than the diesel models) and there is a choice of body options - regular panel van, double-cab with six passenger seats, a Kombi with up to eight seats or a Multicab with a two-seat second row and staggered bulkhead, allowing longer loads on one side. There are also two wheelbases: standard L1 or extended L2, though at present only one roof height is sold – H1, which is just under two metres tall and will fit in most domestic garages.

There are three trim levels – Trend, Limited and Sport – and all are offered with an onboard power take-off set-up that allows the van to double up as 2.3kW generator for items such as power tools or lighting.

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