Ford Wellhouse Terrier (2013 – 2016) Review

Ford Wellhouse Terrier (2013 – 2016) At A Glance


+Professional conversion by Wellhouse, car-like driving and refinement, versatile use of space, comfortable, easy to get to grips with, lots of customisation.

-Pricey to buy, expensive to kit out with optional extras

The Ford Transit Custom is arguably the best medium-sized van you can buy – so the decision by Wellhouse Leisure to use it as the basis for a camper van conversion was inspired. The result is the Ford Terrier, a neatly-styled, easy-to-drive and beautifully finished motorhome based on the Transit Custom.

Traditionally one of the biggest problems with motorhomes is their van roots. You expect clattering engines, unpleasant motorway cruising, a lack of power and horrible, wallowing handling. They’re also usually big, hard to manoeuvre and unrefined. That’s not a problem with the Terrier.

In fact, driving the Terrier is no more difficult than driving a car. Of course all the car-like driving dynamics are no use if your van is cramped and uncomfortable, but there are no such problems here. The Terrier is versatile and spacious enough for a family of four if you specify the optional second bed, which is housed in the elevating roof.

There’s also a bench seat that folds out into a comfortable double bed, plus numerous lockable draws, cupboards and storage areas. With the elevating roof up there's room to walk around the solid, handsomely finished cabin. It is offered in a large variety of colours and materials, ranging from sleek and understated to vibrant and modern. 

All the mod cons are available - including the kitchen sink. There are two gas rings as standard, along with USB charging sockets, a fridge, flush-mounted LED lighting and a decent leisure battery good for a few days of wild camping. Options include a grill, a solar panel for keeping the batteries topped up and a diesel-fuelled Webasto heater. The latter two come as standard on upper trim levels. 

It’s hard to find fault with the Terrier – it seems to follow the perfect recipe. It’s easy to drive, spacious, fantastically well-made and comfortable. You do have to pay, though – the Terrier costs from £39,500 and you’ll almost certainly want to tick some options boxes. Picking between this and a Volkswagen California might be tricky – but there’s no doubting the Terrier is a cracking choice of camper.