Our Vans: Ford Transit Custom Sport

15 February 2019: Driven to succeed – Transit earns its stripes

The Details

Current mileage 2218
Claimed economy 44.1mpg
Actual economy 38.9mpg

Vans are, by their very definition, designed to shift loads. And shift them well, with the minimum of fuss. But since taking delivery of our Transit Custom Sport we've noticed that our medium van also does a whole load of other stuff that we weren't expecting. And it does them all rather well, too.

For example, our big Ford is fun to drive. The steering is nicely weighted and there's a respectable amount of grip, which means you can accelerate out of a corner without getting any nasty front-wheel drive wobbly movements if the road conditions are slippery. 

The 2.0 TDCi engine is a fruity little number too, with mountains of torque that provides a pleasing thump of acceleration as you scurry away from a motorway slip road or join a fast flowing roundabout. Sometimes a van can get quite slow and ponderous when carrying a full load, but Ford's turbocharged diesel isn't short of grunt thanks to its generous 170PS. 

It's not all plain sailing; a few people in the HonestJohn.co.uk office have complained about the van's high set brake pedal. It's actually been a trait on the Transit Custom since 2012 and some say it makes the Ford uncomfortable to drive due to the fact that the brake pedal is higher than the throttle. 

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LED loadspace lighting is well worth the extra £80 and makes it easy to find small tools or packages at night.

The key to navigating the lofty brake pedal comes down to foot position; you basically need to place your heel between the brake and throttle and then pivot your foot between the two without ever lifting your foot. It might sound tricky, but it's surprisingly easy to master. And it makes the van more comfortable to drive in the long run. At least in my opinion. 

As well as being easy to drive, our van has lots of everyday usability. The LED loadspace lighting system, for example, saves lots of time when it comes to night time loading/unloading. It might be an £80 extra, but it pays for itself in no time in saved time, with lots of bright white light that makes it easy to find tools or small packages in the dark. 

Running costs remain respectable too, with fuel economy ranging from 37-39mpg with a half laden loadspace. Empty the rear and mpg climbs to a pocket pleasing 40mpg. 

The quick clear heated windscreen also makes cold, frosty mornings a breeze, with the van's huge windscreen de-icing itself in under 30 seconds - more than enough time to get settled behind the wheel for a full day's driving. 

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