Four medium vans to look out for: Dispatch, Transit Custom, NV300, Vivaro

Date: Tuesday, June 05, 2018

New Transit Custom 2018.

Ford Transit Custom

Responding to customer feedback that the interior needed additional storage space and a more user-friendly dash, Ford’s 2018 facelift of the Transit Custom, the model’s first, features a completely new cabin.

It continues to come in two roof heights, two wheelbases – with gross vehicle weights ranging from 2.6t to 3.4t – and with payloads up to 1,450kg.

Bodystyles comprise panel van, kombi and double-cab-in-van, and there’s a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) due in 2019.

A new Econetic variant of the Ecoblue 2.0-litre diesel engine has been introduced to the short-wheelbase 105hp drivetrain, and it emits an official 148g/km CO2 and achieves 49.6mpg – 6% up on the previous most efficient model in the line-up.

On the road, responsive steering means the Ford heads in precisely the direction you want it to go in, while the suspension system ensures you hang on to the highway through some surprisingly tight bends.

The ride could stand to be slightly better damped, however.

The Transit Custom was also voted What Van? Used Van of the Year for 2018.

Sample model: Sport L1 Automatic

Engine size    2.0-litre
Payload     941kg
Load volume    6.0m3
Combined mpg 40.9mpg
CO2    178g/km
Price (ex VAT) £29,590


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