Ford are the distinguished name in light commercial vehicles, having much experience in producing an array of small to medium van models over the years. Many of which share the same foundations of passenger vehicles, with the differences being panel sides and no rear seats.
The Ford Transit Courier is just one of the company's many light commercial vans, adapting very well as a popular passenger carrying MPV too. Sharing its platform with the B-MAX and Fiesta, the Transit Courier still offers great styling and space for a selection of items and cargo, enough for a multitude of small businesses and tradesmen.
Offering a versatile assortment of engines, the Transit Courier performs very well, offering a great driving, practical and well built choice for those looking for a small, nippy and roomy van without going all out for the full-sized Transit model.
Because Ford have a vehicle to suit any load-carrying application, they remain as one of the key manufacturers within the light commercial marketplace. Competing against the Mercedes Citan, the NV200 from Nissan and the trio of parts share vans from Peugeot's Bipper, Fiat's Fiorino and Citroen's Nemo, the Transit Courier makes no qualms about it's position as one of the top dogs in its category.
Discover the tailored experience of leasing your next Ford Transit Courier van with Leasing Options today, by calling out team and discussing your requirements further now.
6m3 or lug around as much as 660kgs. As a result, it’s a van that can.
Although you don't get any choice when it comes to Transit Courier bodystyles, you'll need to come to a decision when it comes to the engine. The Courier is available with highly-efficient diesel and petrol powerplants that target best-in-class fuel economy aided by Auto Stop/Start systems for extra frugality. Most drivers will want a diesel and can choose between a couple of TDCi alternatives, a 1. 5-litre variant with 75PS or a 1. 6-litre 95PS Duratorq unit. Urban-based businesses might also like to consider the single petrol option that’ll give them Ford’s tiny 1. 0-litre 100PS EcoBoost engine.
City vans need to do that seemingly impossible thing of being big on the inside but as small as is practicable outside. That’s perhaps one reason why many of them look very similar - a cube and a bonnet with the brand family face grafted on the front. The Transit Courier doesn't deviate too far from this template, although the steeply raked windscreen does give it more of a one-box look. Couple that with the prominent Ford front grille and the subtly flared wheel arches and you could even say that this LCV looks quite handsome. It’ll be practical too thanks to rugged bumpers and body side mouldings that provide added protection and minimise repair costs.
Step inside and you’ll be reminded that Ford also knows a thing or two about cabin design. It’s more spacious than you would expect a van in this segment to be and also unusual in this class is the provision of a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and rake. Build quality from the Turkish factory seems strong and this is a well thought-out mobile office environment too, with smart stowage including a "mega-centre" console capable of storing A4 documents and small laptops. There's also the option of overhead stowage and a storage drawer under the driver's seat. A so-called ‘Device Dock’ in the centre of the instrument panel is a unique feature in this class and enables occupants to store, mount and charge mobile devices, including phones and satnavs.
Inside, a 2. 3m3 load volume is revealed and, thanks to a loadspace width between the wheelarches of 1,012mm, there’s enough room for a standard euro pallet, with the total loadspace width measuring 1,488mm and the area lit by optional ultra-bright LED load space lighting. That load volume isn’t quite enough for the Courier to match the 2. 5m3 offered by the rival Peugeot Bipper/Citroen Nemo/Fiat Fiorino design, so if you want to exceed that, you’ll need to pay extra for the fold-dive passenger seat which works with a folding mesh bulkhead and increases load capacity to 2. 6m3. This feature increases load area length from 1. 62m to a 2. 59m total of the kind you’d expect from a much larger van. Even at 1. 62m though, you’re talking longest-in-class load length, with 100mm more load length than you’d get in that rival Nemo/Bipper/Fiorino design.
The GVM (or ‘Gross Vehicle Mass’) of the Courier is either 1,795kgs for the diesels or 1,775kgs for the petrol model and talking of weight, the generous maximum payload capacity of up to 660kg.
If you’re going to have a really small van, then you might as well also make it a really spacious one. It took Ford a long time to get around to offering business drivers such a thing, but in the Transit Courier, the brand has now redefined what an LCV of this kind should be like.
Which means that if you’re looking for a more efficient fleet of vans, opting for one of these could be a good Courier move.