Ford Transit models explained: from Courier to Custom

The iconic Ford Transit comes in more shapes and sizes than you might expect, here's the low down on each and every version

BuyaCar team
Dec 19, 2021

For so long, the Ford Transit has been the most popular van in Britain. It has maintained its reputation as one of the best vans you can buy since it first arrived back in 1965. Eight generations later, nothing has really changed, and the Transit is still the go-to choice for thousands of the United Kingdom's van drivers.

It still offers the best all-round performance of any van currently on the market, it's excellent to drive, versatile and affordable alongside rivals such as the Mercedes Sprinter or Volkswagen Transporter.

Such has been the continued success of the Ford Transit the Transit name no longer simply applies to the standard panel van. There is now an entire range of Transit models on the market, with a version to meet pretty much every van alternative you could ask for.

In total there are four Transit variations, each catering to a different audience as Ford seeks to monopolise the entire market with its iconic brand.

There are short and medium wheelbase Transit Custom models, while long and extra-long wheelbase models have maintained the standard Transit badge. The Ford Transit Connect was added in 2013 as a smaller version of the Transit Custom, while the Transit Courier, launched in 2014, filled the gap between the Fiesta van, and the Connect, and taking the fight to the likes of the Volkswagen Caddy.

Ford Transit models

1. Ford Transit Courier

Manufacturer price from £16,194 inc VAT
Used deals from £9,995
Monthly finance from £0*
Load space
2.3 cubic metres
Payload 645-660kg
Fuel economy 54.3-76.3mpg

The smallest Transit model is a step up from the Fiesta van, but small enough for city driving and getting into tight spaces. It sits on the same mechanical parts as the Fiesta Van, but it offers a much higher payload (660kg compared to 511kg in the Fiesta).

The Courier’s floor length of 1,620mm is impressive, while the optional fold-and-dive front passenger seat allows you to fold the passenger seat to allow you to carry particularly long items (up to 2.59 metres) like pipes and tubes.

Choosing a Courier is nice and simple - there are only two different variants. The regular van is, well, van-like, and there’s a Kombi model too, which offers seating for five.

2. Ford Transit Connect

Ford Transit Connect front three quarters view

Manufacturer price from £17,724 inc VAT
Used deals from £7,495
Monthly finance from £0*
Load space
2.9 cubic metres
Payload 720-1,000kg
Fuel economy 50.4-68.9mpg

Next up is the Transit Connect, which brings with it a slew of different options. It’s available in long and short wheelbase guises; a double-cab variant with five seats; and as a a Kombi model offering five seats and windows.

There are three different diesel engines on offer (technically one engine with three different power outputs) plus Ford’s impressive EcoBoost 1.0-litre petrol engine. For those who don’t regularly carry heavy loads, the petrol is definitely worth a look.

All models get a large 60-litre fuel tank, and buyers can choose from an automatic or manual gearbox.

3. Ford Transit Custom

Manufacturer price from £21,851 inc VAT
Used deals from £11,995
Monthly finance from £572*
Load space
Up to 3.5 cubic metres
Payload up to 1,392kg
Fuel economy 43-46mpg

The Custom is the van that most people think of when the Transit name is used. It’s among the most popular vans on the market, and it’s a thoroughly modern commercial vehicle too. Ford’s Sync 3 touchscreen media system is incorporated into the dashboard, you can connect your phone, and control its features with voice commands.

There are two lengths, two heights, and it can be optioned as a five-seat double cab van, as well as a Kombi with seating up to nine.

Powering the Transit is a 2.0-litre diesel engine available in three power outputs, which can be matched to a manual or automatic gearbox. There’s even a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom version if you fancy some zero-emission driving on shorter journeys.

4. Ford Transit

Manufacturer price From £25,421 inc VAT
Used deals from £14,790
Monthly finance from £0*
Load space
Up to 15.1 cubic metres
Payload up to 2,169kg
Fuel economy 40.9-42.2mpg

And finally, we’re on to the largest and most simply named Ford Transit. Adaptability is its key feature - there are two trims (Base and Trend) to choose from, as well as three different load lengths and two roof heights.

There’s only one engine (a 2.0-litre diesel), but it’s available in three different power outputs. As far as big diesel vans go, this is one of the smoothest and quietest engines on the market.

Inside, it borrows switchgear from Ford’s cars, so it never feels overly cheap, and there are loads of cubbyholes to store safely store phones and tools. Seats are pretty comfortable too - good news for people who spend the majority of their working day in their van.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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