Ford Transit Custom long-term test - First Report

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

We welcome the new-look Transit Custom to our fleet. It will be with us for six months, and as Tony Rock writes, it’s got off to a good start.

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1st Report

Those that have been paying attention in class will notice that this is the second Ford Transit Custom DCiV (double-cab in van) we’ve had on the What Van? fleet this year, and while the fact it’s the UK’s most popular LCV might justify such regular coverage on our long-term test pages, the actual reason we’ve landed another model is because this is the new facelifted version.

As you can see, we’ve gone for (Frozen) ‘White van man’ with the colour, while this is the base L1 H1 model of the range, equipped with a 130PS 2.0-litre diesel engine. Ford says It’s capable of an official combined fuel economy figure of 40.9mpg, which we’ll put to the test, while CO2 output is quoted at 167g/km.

Among the changes the facelift delivers is a front-end that now sports a new three-bar grille and slimmed-down headlamps, which together give the Custom a more handsome visage.

Meanwhile, having the familiar second row of seats courtesy of the double-cab layout will make the vehicle useful for transporting a family of five, while, of course, the bodystyle is well suited for van operators who have to get workers as well as equipment or materials to and from site.

We have this Transit Custom for six months. There were some faults with the pre-facelift version that Ford has attempted to address with this model. We’ll see if they’ve done so successfully, and whether there’s anything else that still needs tweaking for future updates.

Report Card: Exterior looks = 4/5

Tick! Front end new look is a winner, but not much has changed at the back.

Ford Transit Custom V362 MCA Transit Base 2.0TDCI 280SWB D/Cab In Van Low 130PS 6sp
Mileage     1,356
Official combined consumption     40.9mpg
Our average consumption        n/a
Price (ex VAT)         £23,210
Price range (ex VAT)    £20,160-£31,665
Warranty         3yrs/100,000mls
Service intervals         2yrs/36,000mls
Load length         1,577mm
Load width (min/max) 1,351/1,775mm
Load bay height         1,406mm
Gross payload         804kg
Load volume         3.5m3
Engine size/power 1,995cc/130hp
Gearbox     6-spd
CO2         167g/km



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