Ford Transit Courier (2014–)

Last updated 18 September 2018

Thanks to its compact size the Transit Courier is ideal for urban work; helped by good forward visibility and a tight turning circle. It is slightly longer than a Fiat Fiorino but is just as manoeuvrable while the light steering means slotting it into a tight parallel parking spot is a simple task. As a nippy delivery van it's ideal but that's not to say this is a one tricky pony.

Get the Transit Courier onto a motorway and it feels equally at home. It's quiet and refined with impressively low levels of engine and road noise. In fact it's very easy to think you're driving something bigger and in terms of comfort it sits head and shoulders above the competition. It's a van you could happily cover long distances in.

It's easy to tell that the Transit Courier is based on the same platform as the Fiesta. The handling - as with all Ford vans - is impressive helped by nicely weighted steering and plenty of grip. It's stable in corners even with a full load on board and unlike many vans is genuinely enjoyable to drive. But what really shines through is the ride quality which is top notch.

The engine range includes a petrol in the shape of the three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost with 100PS that's had positive reviews in Ford cars like the Fiesta. Three-cylinders may seem too small for a van - even one this compact - but it's actually well suited. As it's turbocharged it has plenty of low down torque with 170Nm and never feels sluggish or underpowered while economy is a respectable 54.3mpg.

However, the diesel engines make more sense for most buyers and there's a lower powered 1.5 TDCi with 75PS or a 1.6 TDCi with 95PS. The 1.5 TDCi is a new engine that is also found in the Ford Focus and will suit most owners needs with advertised economy of 72.4mpg. Like the rest of the engine range, it comes with Ford's EasyFuel that makes it almost impossible to put the wrong fuel in.

The more powerful 1.6 TDCi isn't the most modern diesel around nor the quietest but it's refined enough in the Transit Courier and with 215Nm of torque available from just 1750rpm it provides plenty of pulling power when needed. It's also the most economical and if you choose the optional start/stop plus the 62mph fixed speed limiter, claimed fuel consumption is 76.3mpg. All engines come with a five-speed gearbox that has a positive shift.

The engine range was updated in 2018, with the 1.6 TDCi being dropped in favour of a 100PS version of the 1.5‑litre TDCi. Fuel economy ratings from mid-2018 range from an official 65.6mpg and 112g/km CO2 for the 1.5 diesel and 53.2mpg and 119g/km for the 1.0 EcoBoost. A six-speed manual transmission replaces the previous five-speed offering.

 

Engine Fuel tank MPG CO2
1.0T EcoBoost 5 47 L 53 mpg 120 g/km
1.5 TDCi 75 5 47 L 69 mpg 108 g/km
1.6 TDCi 95 5 47 L 71 mpg 105 g/km
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