Ford Transit Courier (2014–)

Last updated 18 September 2018

It may look like a small van from the outside but the Transit Courier certainly punches above its weight when it comes to load carrying ability. It has a capacity of 2.3 cubic metres which isn't quite a match for alternatives like the Citroen Nemo but its 660kg payload is on par with the competition. In 2018 Ford downgraded the maximum payload to 590kg. 

The Transit Courier can accommodate a standard Euro pallet and there are six cargo tie-down points with four side-mounted panels plus the option of ultra-bright LED lighting which makes a big difference when parked in underground car parks. The cargo deck is 1.62 metres long but if you have awkward or longer items to move and don't want to use roof bars, there's the option of a clever folding mesh bulkhead that swings around the driver and includes a drop down passenger seat. This allows you to carry items up to 2.59 metres in length.

A moulded bulkhead as standard while a full steel bulkhead is standard on the Trend trim and an option for Base models. The build quality throughout the Transit Courier really impresses with a solid and durable feel to everything from the sliding side door - standard on Trend models but an option on the Base - to the optional load floor cover, which at £36 seems very good value.

That quality feel continues in the cabin which is very much like a Ford Fiesta. It has the same steering wheel, instrument dials and switches, giving it that car-like feel that we've become accustomed to with many modern vans. The stereo is also lifted from the Fiesta, although it's a little cluttered with buttons, but that's the only minor criticism in any otherwise first rate interior.

Comfort levels are very good with plenty of adjustment in the seat plus both reach and height adjustment on the steering. Compared to rivals like the Peugeot Bipper, there's far more space in the cabin, which will be particularly noticeable for taller drivers who won't have to spend time forcing the seat back up against the bulkhead to maximise legroom.

Despite being a small van there is plenty of stowage with full size cupholders, a proper glovebox, large door pockets and a large cubby between the seats that's good for clipboards, maps, iPads and the like. Other useful additions are the overhead stowage shelf on Trend models and a new Device Dock that sits on top of the dash and allows you to mount and charge your phone or sat nav.

The Kombi version of the Transit Courier comes with a rear row of three seats that all fold and tumble giving you useful flexibility. It also has glazed side windows that flip-out for extra ventilation plus full front, side and curtain airbags. Despite the small size of the Courier, there's a generous amount of room in the back of the Kombi plus it comes with dual sliding side doors.

Dimensions
Version Length Width Height Wheelbase
Panel Van 4157 mm 1764 mm 1747 mm 2489 mm
Loadspace
Version Length Width Height Volume
Panel Van 1620 mm 1488 mm 1244 mm 2.3 m3
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