NVS Verdict: The New Ford Transit Custom has the refinements and drivability of a car all built into a commercial vehicle. The new Custom had to be good to improve on Transit and it seems Ford once again have have ticked all the boxes.
What is it?
Two wheelbase versions (L1 & L2) and four payloads up to an impressive 1,200kg are offered. There are three trim levels - Standard, Trend and the flagship Limited model
Four euro 6 engines with AdBlue (producing from 105ps up to 170), and manual or six-speed gear boxes are standard with the option of an automatic gearbox due in 2017.
The Ford Transit Custom is a van that’s designed to introduce a new level of functionality and style to the commercial vehicle market. Ford’s Transit has long been regarded as one of the best vans available, so an all-new version is big news. This isn’t a direct replacement for the Transit however, instead it’s a different kind of one-tonne vehicle that sits between the Transit Connect and the larger Transit van. It's also claimed to feature a much more modern and upmarket interior, a range of advanced equipment and options and an economical yet flexible 2.0 litre euro 6 diesel engine. A variety of versions will be offered to including short and long wheelbase models.
Custom Limited specification overview
- Body coloured front and rear bumpers and door mouldings
- 16” 5x2 spoke alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts
- Heated front seats
- Air Conditioning
- Thatcham category 1 alarm
- Power adjustable and power foldable self coloured door mirrors
- Rain sensing wipers
- Automatic headlamps
- Cruise control with adjustable speed limiter
- Heated windscreen
- Leather steering wheel and gear knob
- Dual passenger seat with fold out table
- Lockable glovebox
- Radio/CD with DAB System with multifunction display, Ford SYNC with emergency assist and audio streaming, steering wheel remote audio controls and four speakers
- Drivers adjustable armrest
- Electric front windows
- Remote central locking
- Stowage box over instrument cluster with 12v socket
- The styling of the new custom is in a league of its own. Very ergonomically designed and puts the ‘car feel’ into the van market
- Comfort is superb thanks to supportive seats and a range of adjustments that includes steering wheel tilt and reach. driving position to be attained easily.
- The amount of standard equipment and the range of advanced options which can help reduce driver stress and fatigue is well received
- A relatively refined 2.0 litre Duratorq TDCi engine that’s designed to deliver plenty of torque and good economy. MP3 compatible CD player with audio controls on the steering column.
- Packed with many practical features which include a load-through hatch in the bulkhead, to help store pipes or boards of up to three meters in length, and multiple fixing points and tie-down hooks. Further enhancing the van's capabilities is an optional folding roof rack. Integrated into the roof, and recessed when not in use to reduce drag, the roof rack can carry loads of up to 130kg
- Standard security kit includes remote central locking, double door locking, high strength anti-tamper locks and a securely fitted full steel bulkhead.
- Servicing needs to be carried out every 30,000 miles or two years, whichever is sooner
- More costly than some rivals,
- rear door stays can be fiddly,
- rail-looking fuel flap hinge
- poorly placed oil filler cap
Without doubt Ford have put a lot of thought not only into the design but the practicality and drivability of the new Ford Transit Custom. It is a vehicle which will cater for so many different uses and is without question a commercial vehicle worth very strong consideration.