FORD Transit Custom

2.0 EcoBlue 136ps H1 Van Limited
FORD Transit Custom - 2.0 EcoBlue 136ps H1 Van Limited
Vehicle Information
List Price
£45,383.80
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
39.8 MPG
0-62 mph
14.5 secs
Payload
929 kg
Max Tow Weight
2500 kg
CO2
187 g/km
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DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • 13" Touchscreen
  • 5G embedded modem
  • AECS NO SMS/Roll Detect 2G
  • PAS
  • Tyre pressure monitor
ENTERTAINMENT
  • SYNC 4 - Android Auto/Apple Car Play,advance speech recognition,over the air update capability
EXTERIOR FEATURES
  • Automatic headlights
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Body coloured front bumper
  • Body coloured rear bumpers
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electric front windows with one touch facility for driver and front passenger
  • Fixed DSS LED headlamps with auto high headlamp
  • Front splash guards
  • Low roof line
  • Quickclear front window defroster
  • Rear cargo hinged door
  • Rear splash guards
  • Trailer sway control
  • Dual heated auto fold power exterior mirror (Available as no-cost option)
  • Kerbside side load doors (Available as no-cost option)
  • Molded load floor liner (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tinted glass (Available as no-cost option)
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 6 Load compartment tie down loops
  • Courtesy light
  • Interior grab handle with driver's sunglasses holder
  • LED lights
  • Locking glove box lid
  • Sensico gearshift knob
  • Super bright load compartment lights
  • Automatic air conditioning (Available as no-cost option)
  • Full height polypro interior trim panels (Available as no-cost option)
  • Full metal bulkhead (Available as no-cost option)
  • Sensico steering wheel (Available as no-cost option)
PASSIVE SAFETY
  • Passenger airbag
SECURITY
  • 2 remote keys
  • Alcohol Interlock wiring preparation pack
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Locking wheel lug nut
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Power door dead locks (Available as no-cost option)
  • Standard unlocking (Available as no-cost option)
TECHNICAL
  • 20L AdBlue tank
  • ABS
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • ESP
  • Hill launch assist
  • Traction control
  • 55 litre fuel tank (Available as no-cost option)
WHEELS
  • 16" Steel spare wheel
  • Full wheelcovers
  • 16" alloy wheels in sparkle silver (Available as no-cost option)
PACKS
  • Comfort dual passenger seat pack - Transit custom Limited (Available as no-cost option) Pack contents
  • Driver assistance pack 2 - Transit custom (Available as no-cost option) Pack contents
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
EMISSIONS - ICE
  • CO:Not Available

  • 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:187

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH:231

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL:158

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High:202

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High:158

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low:231

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium:174

ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Automatic Transmission:No

  • 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:Yes

  • Number of Valves:16

  • Valve gear:DOHC

FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC:No

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb:7.1

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH:8.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL:6

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb:39.8

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH:32.1

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL:47.1

GENERAL
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:No

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?:No

  • Badge Engine CC:2.0

  • Badge Power:136

  • Based On ID:Not Available

  • Battery Volts:12

  • 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:2

  • Ghost model for valuation purposes:No

  • Insurance Group 1:Not Available

  • Insurance Group 2:Not Available

  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:12

  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3

  • 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 Overall Rating - LCV:Platinum

  • NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09:Not Available

  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:Not Available

  • NCAP Safety Assist %:96

  • Relative Height:H1

  • Relative Length:L1

  • Running Cost League Headings:MEDIUM

  • Service Interval Frequency - Months:24

  • Service Interval Mileage:25000

  • Special Edition:No

  • Special Order:No

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:100000

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:3

  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:120

  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage:150000

  • Vehicle Homologation Class:N1

  • Vin/Frame No.:Not Available

PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):14.5

  • BHP:136

  • Engine Power KW:100

  • Engine Power RPM:3250

  • Engine Torque LBS.FT:266

  • Engine Torque MKG:36.7

  • Engine Torque NM:360

  • Engine Torque RPM:1500

  • Top Speed:106

TEST CYCLES
  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP

  • RDE Certification Level:RDE 2

TYRES
  • Alloys?:Yes

  • Automatic Clutch:No

  • Plated 3rd Axle:Not Available

  • Plated 4th Axle:Not Available

  • Space Saver?:No

  • Tyre Make:Not Available

  • Tyre Size Front:215/65 R16

  • Tyre Size Rear:215/65 R16

  • Tyre Size Spare:FULL SIZE

  • Wheel Style:Not Available

  • Wheel Type:16" ALLOY

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height:1968

  • Height (including roof rails):Not Available

  • Length:5050

  • Load Deck Height:593

  • Load Height:1322

  • Load Length:2602

  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches:1392

  • Load Width:1777

  • Lower Rear Door Width:1400

  • Rear Door Height:1314

  • Side Load Door Height:1301

  • Side Load Door Width:1030

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:10.9

  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall:11.6

  • Upper Rear Door Width:1400

  • Wheelbase:3100

  • Width (excluding mirrors):2032

  • Width (including mirrors):2275

WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Boot Capacity Saloons:Not Available

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):55

  • Gross Train Weight:5325

  • Gross Vehicle Weight:2825

  • Load Space Volume:5.8

  • 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. Roof Load:170

  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:2500

  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:750

  • Minimum Kerbweight:1896

  • No. of Seats:3

  • Payload:929

  • Plated 2nd Axle:639

  • Plated Front Axle:1150

By Line

Ford has re-invented its strong selling Transit Custom mid-sized van in second generation form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Transit Custom evolves into second generation form with the aid of shared design with Volkswagen. As well as the familiar diesel range, there's an improved PHEV variant and, most notably, a full-electric E-Transit Custom model too. Britain's best selling van just got a lot more up-to-date.

Background

The Transit Custom isn't only Ford's best-selling van, out-selling its nearest rival three-to-one. It isn't only the nation's best-selling van of any kind. It's also the UK's best-selling vehicle full-stop, currently out-selling Britain's best-selling car, the Vauxhall Corsa, by about 25%. So this, our review on the all-new second generation Transit Custom, is a big deal because this LCV is hugely significant. What it now isn't in this second generation form is purely a Ford. The so-called 'Project Cyclone' agreement between Ford and Volkswagen provides for all future Volkswagen commercials to use Ford underpinnings (in return for Ford gaining access to Volkswagen's MEB platform for passenger EVs). Which is why most of what matters with this MK2 Transit Custom is shared with the new generation Volkswagen Transporter, which will be built alongside it at Ford's Otosan plant in Turkey. The headlines predictably lie with electrification - a bigger-capacity PHEV powertrain and an all-new EV model. But the previous diesel powerplant continues too. The Transit Custom model line dates back to 2012 - prior to which 'Custom' was merely a Transit trim level. An update in 2018 coincided with a huge surge in sales as home delivery took off, subsequently fuelled by the pandemic. That'll help this MK2 Transit Custom as well. But just how good is it?

Driving Experience

So vigorously is Ford promoting the full-battery E-Transit Custom version of this model that you might wonder whether conventional diesel drive is still even offered. The reality though, is that the majority of customers in the short term are still going to want an ordinary Transit Custom fuelled from the black pump. Given that this state of affairs won't have a very long shelf life, Ford hasn't bothered doing much to the diesel that powered the previous generation version of this model. There's a choice of four power outputs for the black pump-fuelled 2.0-litre EcoBlue models - 110PS, 136PS, 150PS and 170PS; and a choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic gearboxes. The 136PS and 170PS models can also be had with All-Wheel Drive in auto form; and manual gearbox 136PS and 150PS versions can alternatively be ordered with a mechanical limited-slip differential for extra winter traction. Diesel towing capacity is 2,500kgs. Ford would also like combustion engine customers to consider the petrol Plug-in Hybrid option. Surprisingly, this PHEV powertrain isn't a borrowed Volkswagen unit but a development of the set-up that a handful of customers chose in the previous generation version of this model. This sees a 2.5-litre petrol engine replace the old 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit, with an electric motor powered by a larger 11.8kWh battery which, when fully charged, is expected supposed to be able to take this LCV up to 31 miles without troubling fossil fuel. As for the aforementioned all-electric E-Transit Custom, well that gets a 74kWh battery offering a range of up to 236 miles. It's paired to your choice of electric motors, putting out either 135PS or 217PS, each offering a class-leading 415Nm of torque. Either way, the motor drives the front wheels and there's a brake regeneration system that promises 'one pedal' driving so that you'll hardly ever need to use the brake when you come off the throttle. The E-Transit Custom can tow up to 2.0-tonnes as well, considerably more than direct rivals.

Design and Build

This second generation model's smarter front end look brings it into line with the latest versions of Ford's other LCVs. A prominent hexagonal front grille panel is flanked by angular, slim LED headlamps which are topped by wrap-around daytime running lights. Ford talks about the 'rebalanced proportions' and 'confident stance' of this MK2 design, which become more obvious as you walk around it. There's increased visual width both front and rear. As before, there's a lengthier long wheelbase body shape option too. And the E-Transit Custom gets its own unique front grille. Inside, the key change lies with the freshly installed 13-inch 'SYNC 4' centre touchscreen. It's angled towards the driver for ease of use and is powered by a 5G modem for superfast connectivity to the Ford Pro tech stack. The brand's designers went to such lengths when considering how owners would use this Transit Custom that even the grains on materials used in the cabin and load area are designed to use textures that avoid trapping dirt and water, giving the best balance between offering a firm footing for wet or muddy boots and enabling heavy items to be slid in and out easily.  As van drivers often occupy the cabin alone, the heating and ventilation system has a new 'Driver Focus Mode' option that uses sensors to direct airflow only to occupied seats. An intelligent windscreen monitors temperature and humidity, and automatically makes small heat and airflow changes to proactively keep the windscreen clear for improved efficiency and ease of use. 

Market and Model

Expect a slight rise in pricing compared to the previous generation model. Which means pricing starting from around £33,000 excluding VAT, with most models in the £35,000-£40,000 bracket excluding VAT. Panel van customers will primarily be choosing between three trim levels - 'Leader', 'Trend' and 'Limited', but (aimed at owner drivers) Ford are also offering lifestyle-orientated 'Trail', 'Active' and 'Sport' variants. The vehicle is being sold by 'Ford Pro', the Blue Oval brand's commercial vehicle division and there's a choice of short or long wheelbase body shapes. You'll need to budget for a premium with the diesel models if you want the optional 8-speed automatic gearbox: auto transmission is standard with the PHEV drivetrain. Even entry-level 'Leader' versions are pretty well equipped, with automatic headlamps, tinted glass and a 13-inch 'SYNC 4' centre touchscreen with a 5G embedded modem. Mid-level 'Trend' models add air conditioning, body-coloured bumpers and wheel covers. And plush 'Limited' variants get 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a 'Sensico' leather-covered steering wheel and an alarm. Choose an electric or a PHEV version and your Transit Custom can also feature vehicle-to-load power sockets up-front, allowing you to tap into the vehicle's battery in order to power devices up to 2.3kW, like lap tops or kettles.

Practicalities & Costs

Let's get down to the practicalities. There are two wheelbase lengths, L1 and L2, measuring in respectively at 5,050 and 5,450mm. And two roof heights, H1 and H2. That means a cargo volume that can be anywhere between 5.8m3 and 9.0m3 depending on your body shape of choice. On all models, the cargo area width is 1,777mm, narrowing to 1,392mm between the wheel arches. The door aperture height is 1,314mm on H1 versions and 1,814mm on H2 variants. Maximum gross payload is 1,327kg. Obviously, the cleanest and most efficient version of this model is the E-Transit Custom, which as we told you in our 'Driving' section has a 74kWh battery with a driving range of up to 230 miles. Charging takes just under 8 hours from an 11kW source, while DC public charging can take the battery from 15 to 80% capacity in 41 minutes. Ford has designed the charge profile to 'frontload' the energy, which allows a 125kW fast charge to add 23 miles of range in just 5 minutes for quick top-ups. Better still, the 'one pedal' brake regen driving system can keep the battery topped up as you journey on. In our 'Driving' section, we also told you about the PHEV petrol/electric version which has an 11.8kWh battery offering 31 miles of EV range. Even the EcoBlue diesel variants have some degree of electrification, Ford's mild hybrid system, which uses a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) to replaces the usual alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy during vehicle decelerations, and charging a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. The BISG also acts as a motor, using the stored energy to provide torque assistance to the engine under normal driving and acceleration, as well as running the vehicle's electrical ancillaries. The EcoBlue diesel's Auto Start-Stop technology operates in many situations, including when the vehicle is stationary in gear, and when the vehicle is coasting to a stop. The driver can adjust the coasting speed at which Auto Start-Stop operates, between 7mph and 12mph.

Summary

Sales success for this second generation Transit Custom is hardly in doubt. After all, the previous model was still selling as fast as Ford's Turkish factory could make it after more than a decade on sale. And the current consumer appetite for home delivery, with the resultant demand for vans of this size, seems insatiable. It'll be interesting though, to see whether being able to buy essentially the same vehicle with a Volkswagen badge will have much effect on this Transit Custom's market share. Probably not. Ford, better than any other brand, has an effective handle on what business customers need in this segment. And what they're going to need going forward is more sophisticated electrification, which this second generation model provides very effectively. We can't help thinking that in the here and now, with the current state of public charging, the PHEV version might be a more sensible choice than the EV though. For the time being, most folk will probably avoid that decision altogether and stay with a conventional diesel variant - which they'll find will meet their needs better than ever before, though at a noticeably increased price. But you might expect to have to pay that for a class benchmark. Currently, that's what this van is.

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Vehicle Information
List Price
£45,383.80
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
0
CO2
187 g/km
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Business Lease
£448.52
Initial Rental (Exc VAT)
£4,036.68
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FORD Transit Custom

2.0 EcoBlue 136ps H1 Van Limited

FORD TRANSIT CUSTOM
Your Summary
Contract Hire
exc. VAT
£448.52
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£4,036.68 ex VAT
Contract Term
36 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not included
List Price
£45,383.80
Arrangements Fee
£240 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC

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