What Van?’s Small Van of the Year for 2018 features a well laid-out, user-friendly and stylish dashboard. It is great to drive too.
The little van is able to weave nimbly through urban traffic, making light of the challenges presented by narrowed lanes, roadworks and temporary roundabouts, and once let off the leash on B-roads and country lanes it is a pleasure to be behind the wheel.
There are 1.5- and 1.6-litre diesel engines, as well as a 100hp 1.0-litre petrol Ecoboost for urban operators. The 95hp 1.5-litre diesel engine is the most efficient in the line-up.
A compact, cubic load-lugger, the Courier offers a load space of 2.4m3 and a payload of 660kg, although the Ecoboost’s weight limit is 10kg shy of this.
A full-height, full-width steel bulkhead comes as standard, either glazed or unglazed, and there are six tie-down points in a load area that will swallow a Europallet.
However, a new model is due in the middle of this year. It will get the same Euro6.2 powertrains and the six-speed manual gearbox (with the five-speeder currently offered being dropped) plus an external style makeover.
|Sample model: 1.5 TDCi s/s|
|Price (ex VAT)||£12,071|