Ford Transit Custom Review & Buyers' Guide
£17,495 – £24,945
|Available as||Engine options||Volume (m³)||Payload (kg)||MPG|
|Van, Crew Van, Kombi||2.2TD 100/125/155hp||6.0 – 6.8||600 – 1,400||TBA|
Ford has really raised the small one-tonne panel van bar in terms of practicality, dynamics and safety with the launch of the front-wheel drive Transit Custom.
Transit Custom Van made its global public debut at the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Show and it was undoubtedly the star turn of the event. Its bigger brother, the two tonne all-new Transit was unveiled at the IAA Hannover CV Show at the end of September and will be slightly wider, feature different front-end styling and cab interior and for the first time will be sold in North America; a true global Transit.
For the first time in its 47-year history there will be two distinct Transit Panel Van ranges. Custom will be front-wheel drive only and we suspect the new two-tonne Transit will be on sale with rear- and four-wheel drive as well as maybe offering front-drive.
Engine choice parallels that of the outgoing Transit with a range of 2.2-litre Euro 5 diesels. Available with power outputs of 100hp, 125hp and 155hp they provide peak torque of 310Nm, 350Nm and 385Nm respectively. The front wheels are driven via a six-speed manual gearbox on all models
Available in either short- or long-wheelbase, even the former can accommodate three standard Euro-pallets and 8 x 4ft boards can be fitted in horizontally on the load floor. To aid loading and unloading the tie-down rings have been repositioned from the floor to the sides.
A full Review & Buyers' Guide will be published shortly.
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