A Look At The Ford Transit Custom

Introduced in 2012, the Transit Custom marked Ford’s entry into the variants of one-tonne and two-tonne van range. Ever since, the Transit Custom has undergone several updates to keep up with the competition. While 2016 witnessed enhanced efficiency with the addition of EcoBlue diesel, the end of 2017 saw the appearance of a complete mid-life facelift, that formed the foundation of the latest model in 2018.

Van Performance and Engine

The Ford Transit Custom comes with more efficient and sturdier engines as compared to the first generation 2.2 litre Duratorq. NOx emission is 55% lesser than the other models. Components like suspension, transmission and steering, though retained from the its predecessors, has displayed great improvements making the vehicle one of the best in the league.

Although all 3 units are highly proficient, if you are looking for mass pulling power, the 168bhp engine with 299lb ft is top of the class. It offers a wide array of revs accompanied by plenty of torque, which allows this variant of the Transit Custom to ply comfortably on motorways and around townships. The Custom stands out as the most efficient mid-sized van with a pleasant steering rack that provides you ample comfort without tiring out during a drive. The average six-speed manually operated gearbox offers a subtle sharp action. This has been a preferred choice in comparison to the SelectShift automatic transmission that is just backed by two high-powered engines.

Van Interiors

The Transit Custom has remained unaltered in terms of cargo volume and payload. The L1 and L2 wheelbases offer standard H1 and H2 elevated roof heights. While some car roof models come with extra stowage directly above driver’s head, Transit Custom has a Luton-style arrangement which allows you to utilize the area above the van.

Apart from the standardized three-seater van, you can also avail a five-seater double in-van, with an additional row of seats behind, each equipped with a bulkhead and sliding doors. The system makes use of Ford’s third generation sync system with more lucid functionality as compared to the multi-menu Sync 2.

Passenger Capacity and Boot Space

The new Ford Transit Custom has been designed in a space-effective way to ensure maximum accommodation of goods. The van houses the largest cubic volumes in comparison to other medium-sized vans. The load carrying capacity of the van is comparatively the best in its league, courtesy the vehicles weight range of 2.6 tonnes to 3.4 tonnes. The short wheelbase standardized roof van is of 6 square meters, with 8.3 square meters of high roof. The humongous operating weight potential of the Transit Custom keeps it way ahead of its competitors in terms of maximum payload. It can carry a galactic weight of 1459kgs as compared its rival names Mercedes Vito (1259kgs) and Volkswagen Transporter (1229 kgs). The most powerful model can adjust about 1507 kgs of refrigerated cargo.

Some additional Information:

Maximum Load Length

Short Wheelbase: 2554 mm

Long Wheelbase: 2921 mm

Load Width: 1175 mm

Standard Height: 1406 mm with additional 370 mm

Maintenance Costs

According to reports from Ford, the Custom model has been fairing quite well in terms of ownership costs. Since the time needed for servicing the rear brakes gets reduced to half, you get to enjoy more time on the road with reduced operator bills.

Driving Experience

Speak of noise cancellation and peaceful driving, Ford Transit Custom is your travel mate. The driver can only hear the engine when operating at its highest capability. Though the steering of the car does not stand at par with the engine, it happens to quite consistent. In all, the van works wonders when it comes to having a soothing ride with heavy backload! Looking for more, the dual-unit mirrors on the door aid with superior forward visibility, thus eliminating blind spots completely.

To sum it up, the Ford Transit Custom is definitely worth the hype.

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