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Ford Transit Custom (2013–)

Last updated 18 May 2018

Impressively refined and upmarket, strong 2.2 and 2.0 diesel engines, short and long wheelbase versions available, five star Euro NCAP rating.
Legroom for front passengers can be a little tight, cabin storage is limited on early models.
Updated 18 July 2017
Mid-life updates for the Transit Custom

2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine replace the old 2.2-litre, with higher torque and improved economy. Econetic variant will return an advertised 148g/km of CO2 and 49.6mpg. Driver assistance packages...

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Introduction

The Ford Transit Custom is one of the UK's best-selling vans and it doesn't take long behind the wheel to understand the universal appeal. All 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 alongside single, crew and kombi cabs. In short, it's the van for all trades. 

The original Transit accounted for almost one in five of all new vans sold and was considered by many to be the level by which all other vans were judged. In 2013 Ford split the Transit line-up, with the standard one tonne model being renamed Transit Custom while the bigger two tonne models remain Transit.

Interior quality is a big step up from anything in its class, with lots of trade-friendly cubby storage points and pockets. You also get large door bins that can hold large water bottles and coat hooks - something that's lacking in many mid size vans. 

The Transit Custom is comfortable on the road too, with a forgiving ride that's supple enough to fool you into thinking that you're in a large car, rather than a commercial vehicle. The 2.2 TDCi engine is refined and returns meaningful performance too. This is one van it's a pleasure to spend time in.

In 2017 Ford replaced the trusty old 2.2 TDCi with the 2.0 EcoBlue diesel engine. A six-speed automatic gearbox was also added to the range, for the first time to further improve refinement economy. 

The Transit Custom was given a significant update in 2018, with a new cabin and higher levels of semi-autonomous tech. The interior was given firmer and more comfortable seats, while lane assist and adaptive cruise control enabled the van to automatically control its speed on the motorway and warn the driver if swayed out of its lane. The must-have option, however, is the cross traffic alert system which uses sensors to warn the driver of approaching traffic when reversing out of a parking space or driveway. 

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 loadspace is designed to accommodate 6.0-cubic metres with a full bulkhead fitted, meaning it can carry three Euro pallets loaded to 1.0-metre high.

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. There are double cab versions available and a useful kombi minibus variant which can carry nine people. It's a good alternative to the more expensive Ford Tourneo Custom.

The Transit Custom is excellent value, compared to its German rivals. It's streets ahead of the competition in every aspect and is easily the most car-like of mid size panel van you can buy, both in terms of driving and refinement. Yet it remains as practical and cheap to run as ever making it quite simply the best van you can buy.

Used Buying Guide - Ford Transit Custom

The Ford Transit Connect 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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