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FORD TRANSIT CUSTOM 300 L1 DIESEL FWD

2.0 EcoBlue 130ps High Roof Trend Van Auto

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Optional Extras

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Diesel
Mileage
Mileage 39.80mpg
Co2
Co2 165.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

  • Easy fuel capless refuelling system
  • Ford Eco mode
  • PAS
  • Selectable drive mode
  • Vehicle maintenance monitor

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers
  • Audio controls mounted on steering wheel
  • Aux input socket

Exterior Features

  • 'Guide me home' headlights
  • 180 degree opening rear doors - unglazed
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Body coloured front bumper
  • Electric front windows with one touch facility for driver and front passenger
  • Front mud flaps
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Intermittent front wash/wipe
  • Partialy body coloured rear bumpers
  • Passenger side sliding load door with track cover
  • Quickclear heated windscreen
  • Rear mudflaps

Interior Features

  • 2 adjustable sunvisors
  • Courtesy light
  • Easy clean load floor
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Illuminated footwell
  • Lockable glove box
  • Map reading lights
  • Moulded cab floor liner
  • Moulded cab headlining
  • Passenger underseat storage box
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Recirculation heater
  • Rubber floor covering

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts for all seats
  • Drivers airbag
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Height adjustable drivers seatbelt mount
  • Passenger seatbelt height adj

Security

  • Auto locking on drive-away
  • Auto relocking
  • Power door dead locks
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • 2 12v sockets
  • 80 litre fuel tank
  • ABS
  • Auto start/stop system
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • ESP + EBA
  • Heavy duty alternator
  • Power point
  • Roll stability control
  • Side wind mitigation

Wheels

  • Full wheelcovers

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2
    165
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    234
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    182

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    Yes
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1996
  • Cooling System
    WATER
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    No
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No
  • EC Combined
    44.1
  • EC Extra Urban
    48.7
  • EC Urban
    38.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    10.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    9.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    31
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    27.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    29.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    130
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Front/Side Impact - Discontinued February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    25000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    120
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    150000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • 0 to 62
    Not Available
  • BHP
    130
  • Engine Power KW
    96
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    284
  • Engine Torque MKG
    39.3
  • Engine Torque NM
    385
  • Top Speed
    Not Available

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    Yes
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/65 R15
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/65 R15
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    1012
  • Height
    2366
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4973
  • Load Deck Height
    564
  • Load Height
    1778
  • Load Length
    2554
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1351
  • Load Width
    1775
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1404
  • Rear Door Height
    1706
  • Rear Overhang
    1028
  • Side Load Door Height
    1324
  • Side Load Door Width
    1030
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.9
  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall
    11.6
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    1404
  • Wheelbase
    2933
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1986
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2272

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    80
  • Gross Train Weight
    4000
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3000
  • Load Space Volume
    7.2
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1914
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1008
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    1590
  • Plated Front Axle
    1575

Ford's Transit Custom one-tonne mid-sized van offers an even stronger LCV proposition with smarter styling and frugal electrified engine technology. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Background

Think of a large-ish van and it's a pretty sure bet that you'll be thinking of this one, Ford's Transit, the self-proclaimed 'backbone of Britain'. And it's true, thousands of British businesses do indeed depend on this vehicle. So successful has it been on these shores since its original launch back in 1965 that its very name has almost passed into our language, a byword for van versatility. This Custom version hits the sales sweet spot in the medium range LCV marketplace for a vehicle not too big - and not too small. Here is Ford's answer to European market leaders like Volkswagen's Transporter, Mercedes' Vito, the Peugeot Expert, the Citroen Dispatch, the Renault Trafic and what on these shores, we know as the Vauxhall Vivaro. To deal with such tough opposition, the Blue Oval brand is offering both mild hybrid and Plug-in hybrid powertrains to Transit Custom operators, along with more advanced driver assistance features. Plus, as usual, there's an enormous range of model variants, with over 300 Transit Custom versions on offer. Not bad when you remember that there were just 75 derivatives available when the original model Transit was first launched back in 1965. As a result, whether today your large van needs are to carry packages or people, then this Ford remains an option that you simply can't ignore.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, this LCV's 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine is offered in 105PS, 130PS, 170PS and 185PS power ratings, with all but the lowest-powered version available with the option of automatic transmission, a 6-speed SelectShift set-up. With this updated model, buyers of the 130PS variant also get the option of a frugally-focused mHEV mild hybrid variant. There's also a plug-in PHEV model, but that has to be had with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost 126PS petrol powerplant and single-speed automatic transmission. The EcoBlue diesel powerplant that most buyers will choose has been engineered to provide strong low-end pulling power - enough to be able to tow a braked trailer of up to 2.0 tonnes. The other thing you notice at the wheel with these engines is how relatively quiet they are, thanks in part to the 6-speed manual transmission with its long gearing. And of course the provision of a standard bulkhead across the range helps further here. The sprightly handling and performance makes it important that the brakes are up to the job - they are. You'll also want this vehicle to be manoeuvrable, hence a decently tight turning circle that varies between 11.6m (kerb-to-kerb) and 12.2m (wall-to-wall). And should you be at an uphill junction, standard Hill Launch Assist will help you get away smoothly.

Design and Build

This Transit Custom was updated in 2018 with a smarter look based around a high-mounted trapezoidal grille and dynamic, slim headlamps. The cabin was completely upgraded as part of this facelift, with an instrument panel based on Ford's latest interior design philosophy which offers a user-centric layout influenced by consumer interactions with smart devices and tablets. High-series models feature a floating, tablet-inspired eight-inch 'SYNC 3' colour centre-dash touchscreen for communications and entertainment. For models not equipped with the larger display, the MyFord Dock in the centre of the instrument panel provides the ideal location for drivers to mount, store and charge their smartphone, MP3 player or satellite navigation system. There's class-leading interior stowage, with up to 25-litres of space offered in the instrument panel, including three convenient open bins on its upper surface with space for clipboards or mobile devices, and generous glove box stowage capable of storing hanging A4 files in the lower closed compartment. Further extra practical features include a fold-out cup holder beneath the gear lever, adding to the cup holders and 2-litre bottle holders at each end of the instrument panel. The seats are also new, smarter and more supportive. Most models get the option of being able to fold down the middle of the three seats to create an impromptu desk big enough for a laptop or a clipboard with two cupholders, a pentray and an elasticated band that'll keep your paperwork in place. We also like the way that folding the base cushions of both the passenger seats forward opens up a roomy, concealed 93-litre storage area for hiding away valuable items like tools.

Market and Model

There are several hundred Transit Custom derivatives from which to choose, with most being centred around the Panel Van bodystyle. Adding people to the packaging mix means you might want to look at the Double-Cab-in-Van bodystyle with its extra rearward seats in front of the load bay. Or, if you want to give the whole space over to the carriage of people, there's a 9-seater Kombi minibus. If you want something even more luxurious than that, there's a smarter, more luxurious 8 or 9-seater Tourneo passenger bodystyle, but Ford really now considers this as a passenger car product and a decent alternative to really large MPVs for bigger families. Here though, our main focus is on Transit Custom Panel Vans. Price-wise, most models will be sold in the £25,000 to £30,000 (ex-VAT) bracket that's common to the medium range van class. In rough terms, you need to be looking at adding around £700 to the cost of any given short wheelbase variant if you want to upgrade it to beefier long wheelbase spec. You can also talk to your dealer about the higher roof bodystyle also developed for this van which will only cost a few hundred pounds more. Optional advanced driver assist technology includes the 'Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection emergency braking system', 'Lane Keeping Alert', 'Side Wind Stabilisation' and 'Adaptive Cruise Control'. Plus you can also have an 'Intelligent Speed Limiter', a 'Traffic Sign Recognition' system and 'Rear Cross Traffic Alert' to help you when reversing out of spaces. As for rivals, well they're many and varied of course. Short and long wheelbase Transit Custom models compete mainly with Medium-sized vans like Vauxhall's Vivaro, Renault's Traffic, VW's Transporter, Mercedes' Vito, Peugeot's Expert and Citroen's Dispatch. You'll need the fully fledged model just known as 'Transit' (or in Ford-speak as the '2 Tonner') if you want the next class up from this.

Practicalities and Costs

Certainly the bulky stuff should go in OK, with even the lowroof version offering a rear door aperture 1400mm wide and 1340mm high, though of course that'll be higher if you've specified the high roof option. The roof height, along with your selection between short and long wheelbases, will also of course determine your loadspace volume. At the bottom of the range, short wheelbase low roof customers get a very decent 6.0m3, which, thanks to a loadspace length of 2555mm and a class-leading width between the wheelarches of 1,390mm, is enough to make this the only vehicle in the SWB medium range van class able to transport up to three europallets with a one metre-high load. Make use of all that space and you'll be glad of a payload of at least 883kgs. So, in short, you may not need the long wheelbase version we tried, but if you do, then you'll find that the extra 0.37m of length is enough to up the loadspace volume to 6.8m3, while to match it, payload rises to anywhere between 1,014 and 1,414kgs, depending on the Gross Vehicle Weight you choose. Whatever Transit Custom model you choose, it'll get a sliding side door with class-leading height and width (1,320mm high in lowroof form and 1,030mm wide). On to cost of ownership, an area where this model's latest EcoBlue diesel engines are very competitive. Let's look at the WLTP figures, which vary between 33.5-35mpg on the combined cycle for this diesel unit in its conventional non-electrified forms, along with a CO2 return of up to 198g/km. Across the range, the EcoBlue engines deliver 2-year/37,000 mile service intervals. For the PHEV 1.0-litre petrol version, the official quoted combined cycle mpg figure is up to 78.4mpg with a CO2 reading of 81g/km. The Transit Custom PHEV has an all-electric driving range when fully charged of around 35 miles from its 13.6kWh battery pack. This can be charged in 2.7 hours using a 7Kw charger (wallbox) - or in 4.3 hours from a domestic plug.

Summary

This may be the most sophisticated medium-sized Transit van we've yet seen but businesses will still buy it for the same reasons. This Custom model remains such a simple, straightforward one-stop choice and it'll help that it satisfies a wider variety of commercial needs than any other Transit derivative. Across the rest of Europe, Transit models enjoy none of the market dominance that they have in the UK but on the evidence of this improved Custom model, you'd have to wonder whether Continental buyers are missing a trick. That wasn't always the case of course. Ford's dominance in the British LCV sector has traditionally been founded on little more than the fact that UK buyers tended to replace their Transits with another because that was what they'd always done. That may continue, but what is different today is the quality of the product those people are buying into. Very few rivals can these days beat either this Ford's practicality or its day-to-day operating costs. It is, once again, number one for a reason.

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