Transit Courier Trend 1.6 TDCi 5 speed manual £13221.36
I know I’ve said it before & for fear of sounding like a stuck record, vans have got so much better recently, it’s frightening. And leading the way currently are Ford who have completely changed, updated & improved their entire commercial range over the past 18 months. New Custom, Transit, Connect & now Courier have all been launched & every one of them is not only a vast improvement over what came before, but they’re all excellent vans to drive with car-like cabins & specification.
Take the Transit Courier which Ford kindly leant me recently.The Courier competes against small van rivals like the Mercedes Citan Compact, Nissan NV200 & the platform-sharing Peugeot Bipper, Citroen Nemo and Fiat Fiorino. It’s more compact than the Transit Connect , slightly larger than the Fiesta Van is being pitched at operators who need to shift small loads in urban areas where compact size and a tight turning circle are the things most required.
I have driven all of the other vans in this sector & the Courier is the best of them. Not only does it drive really well, have a simply laid out quality interior & dashboard, but it’s very practical too. Space for the driver & front passenger are far better than you’d expect in a van of this size. There’s also plenty storage space, with a deep storage bin between the front seats , large door pockets & a decent glovebox. Trend models get an overhead storage shelf and more space under the passenger seat while all models without built-in sat-nav get a clever mobile device dock that will hold and charge your phone, tablet or portable sat-nav system.
The Courier’s asymmetrically-split side hinged rear doors open to 158 degrees and the optional sliding side doors provide impressively wide access points to the rear. There’s also six tie-down points & with my optional LED lighting the cab was incredibly bright. Measuring 4175mm long & 2,060mm wide including its door mirrors, the Transit Courier has a 2.3 cubic metre load volume & a maximum payload of 660kg that’s up with the best in the class. The load bay really is generous with a 1620mm load length at floor level & 1012mm between the wheelarches so that a Europallet will fit in. The optional folding mesh bulkhead fitted to my test van swings open to increase the load length to 2,590mm. It comes with a less comfortable, quite thin-looking folding passenger seat but for the extra versatility it offers some may be swayed. To my surprise, the mesh bulkhead with an empty van on the motorway wasn’t that noisy another plus in the Couriers favour.
With van manufacturers seeking ever lower C02 emissions for their vehicles & Ford are no different, my test Courier offers the customer a sub-100g/km CO2 emissions rating, but you do need to specify the 1.6-litre TDCi diesel with stop-start and a 62mph fixed speed limiter. Even without the speed limiter & stop-start that engine can manage 70.6mpg with 105g/km emissions.
It’s also competiteively priced at £13221. If it all sounds too good to be true, here is a list of the standard equipment.
15” Steel Wheels with Full Wheel Covers
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Remote Central Locking
Drivers Air Bag
Front Fog Lights
Electric Heated Door Mirrors
Rain Sensing Wipers
Electric Front Windows
DAB Radio/CD with Bluetooth and USB Connectivity, Ford SYNC and 3.5” Display
Single Side Load Door
Full Size Spare Wheel
Drivers Under Seat Stowage
Drivers 8-way Seat with Lumbar Support and Armrest
Rake and Reach Adjustable Steering Column
Overhead Stowage Shelf
Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel and Gear Knob
Courtesy Lights with Map Reading Lights
Deep Centre Console with Cup Holders and A4 Document Stowage
12v Auxiliary Socket in Load Box
Load Compartment Lighting
Full steel bulkhead.
Extras fitted to my test van were as follows:-
Folding mesh load-through bulkhead with fold flat passenger seat & driver under seat drawer. £200
LED boxlight. £40
Rear parking sensors. £150.
Auto Stop/Start. £150
And here is rundown of the couriers power, CO2 emissions & fuel economy.
Max Power PS: 95
Torque Nm: 215
CO2 g/km: 100
Urban MPG: 64.2
Extra Urban MPG: 80.7
Combined MPG: 74.3
In what has probably been the easiest review that I have ever written, the Courier is a tremendous van. I will though stop short of awarding five stars-there ios not a 5 star vehicle out there, but instead give the Courier 4.5/5