Ford Transit Custom Review 2024

Ford Transit Custom At A Glance


+Great engines, refined and well-equipped cabin, good dynamics, short and long wheelbase versions and multiple layouts available, five star Euro NCAP rating.

-Not as big as some rivals, higher-specification examples can be a bit pricey

Since 2022, the best-selling vehicle in the UK hasn't been a Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa or Nissan Qashqai. It's this - the Ford Transit Custom. As the old advertising slogan once claimed, the Ford Transit remains very much the backbone of Britain. But why is it so popular? Read on for our Ford Transit Custom review.

The good news for buyers of the Ford Transit Custom is that the latest model has just got better. A comprehensive revamp - not a replacement, but certainly a lot more than just a facelift, has seen the Ford Transit Custom get more efficient, more refined and more user-friendly and - dare we say it - more luxurious. 

The core of the Ford Transit Custom range revolves around the model's popular and proven diesel engines – 2.0-litre units with a choice of 110PS, 136PS, 150PS and 170PS. The lower-powered of which is still perfectly competent and the most potent a lively engine that hustles the Ford Transit Custom along with surprising vigour. 

In addition, there's now also a new Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid, using a 2.5-litre petrol engine and a 65kWh battery - essentially the same as used in the Ford Kuga. Its range of 35 miles is ideal for urban multi-drop use, while a full electric version of the Ford Transit Custom is also in the offing. 

All versions are good to drive, cheap to run and capable of shifting payloads in excess of 1.4 tonnes. There is also a wide choice of bodystyles, with short and long wheelbases offered. A higher roof, a double-cab and an innovative Multicab are coming, the latter offering the benefits of both rear seating and a small section of full-length load bay. 

Among the key changes over the previous model Ford Transit Custom are a vastly revised interior, now with a completely flat floor and a revised dash moulding that gives the middle seat passenger far better legroom than before - good news, then, for the apprentice...

Dual gloveboxes and huge door bins are Ford Transit Custom standard fare, but by far the most noticeable change from the outgoing Ford Transit Custom is the fascia layout, which now incorporates digital instrumentation on an eight-inch display and a 13.0-inch touchscreen as standard. This uses Ford’s latest SYNC4 operating system and can also be used with Apple Carplay or Android Auto, even on the basic Leader versions.

Standard and long wheelbase models are available, the former of which has an overall length of 4.97 metres and the latter 5.34 metres. The largest versions will provide 8.3 cubic metres of load space. Fit the optional load-through bulkhead hatch and the van will carry pipes, ladders and planks of wood measuring up to 3.4 metres. 

The space between the wheel arches is one of the best for a van of this size, allowing for 8x4 foot boards to be loaded flat to the floor. 

Overall, it's a good value van and cheaper than the Mercedes Vito and Volkswagen Transporter in the lower trim levels, but spec up your Ford Transit Custom and it isn't as good value as it appears lower down the range.

That said, the Ford Transit Custom is still a fantastic vehicle that deserves its place as the nation's favourite, with great driving dynamics and smart styling. 

Used Buying Guide - Ford Transit Custom

The Ford Transit Custom is an impressive, practical van that’s good to drive and look at. It's also a great used buy and there are no shortage of affordable and well kept examples on the market. We tell you what to look out for when buying second hand.

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