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Ford Transit Custom review

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The Ford Transit Custom has only been around since 2012, but from the moment it was launched it's been a runaway success. It’s consistently been the best-selling van in the UK and is as popular among owner drivers as it is fleets.

This success is partly down to the fact the Transit name itself is synonymous with medium and large vans, so much so that in the UK many people simply call any van of this size a Transit van.

Like its larger two-tonne sibling the Transit, the Transit Custom comes with a choice of four different versions of Ford’s 2.0-litre diesel engine. There’s an enormously powerful 182bhp version – great if you want masses of pulling power – as well as 104bhp, 128bhp and 167bhp models. 

Buyers have the choice of four trim levels – Base, Trend, Limited and Sport – and there is a huge range of options that can be added on as well. 

All vans come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but there is also the option of a six-speed 'SelectShift' automatic that you can have with the two higher-powered engines.

Despite being the best-selling van in the UK, the Transit Custom still has plenty of competition, making its dominance all the more impressive. The Volkswagen Transporter is a formidable alternative, while the Citroën DispatchPeugeot ExpertRenault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivarocan all lay claim to doing much the same job. 

As well as its name recognition and stylish looks – which have been updated with a trapezoid-shaped grille on this latest model – the outstanding breadth of the range is perhaps why it attracts so many customers. You can get short or long body versions, as well as a standard or high roof, making the Transit Custom almost as flexible as the larger Transit.

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