Ford Transit Courier van review (2024)

Ford's smallest van is based on a car and handles sweetly

Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

PROS

  • Great to drive
  • Quiet engines
  • Comfortable driving position
  • Two-pallet cargo capacity
  • Lots of technology as standard

CONS

  • Fiddly infotainment
  • Ponderous automatic gearbox
  • Average performance
  • No electrified engine options, yet
  • No all-wheel drive model
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Summary

The Ford Transit Courier is Ford’s smallest van available in the UK and Europe. This new generation includes a lot of advanced technology that is also available in Ford cars and features a design that’s described as ‘SUV-like’ by Ford’s design team.

It’s based on the same engineering as the Ford Puma crossover and Ford Fiesta supermini underneath its van-shaped proportions.

As an aside, Ford also offers a Tourneo Courier model which features five seats and a large boot area. Ford says that model will be appealing to both private and commercial buyers, depending on the need.

Ford Transit Courier versions

Ford’s latest Transit Courier is available with petrol and diesel engines and can be had with either a manual or automatic gearbox. Four trims are available, starting with a base model for fleets, and including Trend, Titanium and Active specification. Ford has also confirmed that an all-electric E-Transit Courier will be available to order in late 2024, with first deliveries coming in 2025.

Ford Transit Courier is based on a car platform, and drives like it.

As well as also offering competitive cargo space and flexible payload options for its price, the Transit Courier also benefits from Ford Pro’s connected services.

Ford Transit Courier rivals

The closest van rival in terms of price is the Renault Kangoo, which offers a similar payload rating for a similar amount of money. Other than that, there aren’t many direct rivals, although slightly larger panel vans like the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and even the Ford Transit Connect are potential rivals depending on what your specific business requirement is.

Verdict: is the Ford Transit Courier any good?

Its entry price means it’s one of the cheapest vans you can get your hands on, and it has some very convincing qualities. Its payload is competitive relative to its size (but a larger Citroen Berlingo can be had for not a lot more money), it has some useful interior storage and it’s well-equipped. The nice bonus is that it drives like a car, and a very good car at that.


Ford Transit Courier driving experience

4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Great, car-like handling
  • Smooth, quiet engines
  • Slick manual, slow automatic

Ford’s new Transit Courier may well be one of the best handling small vans out there right now. The secret is that the Courier runs on a car-based platform, using engines and engineering shared with the Fiesta supermini and Puma SUV.

Both of those cars are great to drive, and many of those cars’ characteristics are present in the Transit Courier. Our first opportunity to drive the Transit Courier was in Spain, and all of the vans we tested included a 500kg payload in the cargo area.

There are petrol and diesel engines to start off with.

The steering is accurate and is pleasingly weighted, and the car’s suspension handles bumps and rough roads very well. In fact, all of the car’s controls feel so well-judged and durable – something Ford generally does well at.

Both petrol and diesel engines are available. Your choices are a 100hp petrol with a six-speed manual gearbox, a 125hp petrol engine with a seven-speed automatic or a 1.5-litre 100hp diesel with a six-speed manual. All engine options offer reasonable if not particularly noteworthy performance, but crucially doesn’t feel slower or dulled when there’s a considerable payload in the rear.

An electric Transit Courier is part of the plans.

If your lifestyle suits it, the manual gearbox is slick and enjoyable to use. The automatic, meanwhile, changes gears smoothly but can be very slow to change down gears if approaching hills or if you’re preparing for an overtake.

Ford Transit Courier cabin & interior

4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Good interior storage options
  • Great driving position adjustment
  • Fiddly infotainment with no physical climate controls

Ford’s Transit Courier has a sensible and neatly laid-out interior that includes lots of small storage areas and cubbies. As well as overhead storage, the Courier benefits from cubbies in the dashboard for both the driver and passenger, a slim paperwork holder by the passenger’s footwell and large door bins.

All Couriers get a good level of standard kit in the cabin.

All Couriers feature a digital instrument display and central infotainment screen, and there are very few buttons in the Courier’s interior – save for a set of shortcut buttons for key adjustments or menus for the infotainment and some for the lighting. The infotainment itself is reasonable to use, but relies a lot on menus and sub-menus for different features including adjusting the climate. Turning off the speed limit warning sound, for example, requires several taps of the screen.

The driving position is excellent with lots of adjustment.

Another benefit of the Courier having a car-based platform beneath it is the driving position offered. Ford provides good adjustment for every Courier model, with high-end Active specification also benefiting from AGR-approved seats (AGR is the German ‘Campaign for Healthy Backs’ organisation.)

As for refinement, both petrol and diesel engines are quiet and well refined from inside, with the diesel only getting loud under high revs. Wind noise isn’t much of an issue either.

Ford Transit Courier running costs & value

4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Entry price undercuts Renault Kangoo
  • High-end specs likely not worth it for fleet buyers
  • Reasonable fuel economy offered

The entry price for the Ford Transit Courier starts from £16,200 (excl. VAT) from its launch in 2024, undercutting many other van rivals. For now, that makes the Courier one of the cheapest vans you can buy in the UK. Prices naturally rise with higher specifications, with top-spec Active trim costing around £20,000 (excl. VAT).

Ford Transit Courier mpg

The Transit Courier’s engines are small and right-sized in terms of power, offering reasonably competitive fuel economy.

Standard kit is good, but top models might be a bit pricey for some businesses.

The 100hp 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine claims between 39.7mpg and 43.4mpg, while the more powerful 125hp engine claims between 38.1 and 43.5mpg. The 1.5-litre diesel engine claims between 49.5 and 54.3mpg.

A zero-emission electric E-Transit Courier is on the way towards the end of 2024.

Ford Transit Courier servicing

The Courier benefits from the same servicing offers as the rest of the Ford range with intervals set at every two years or every 25,000 miles.

Ford Transit Courier warranty

Ford provides a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, with offers available regarding extended warranties.

Ford Transit Courier standard equipment

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Black Front Grille
  • Powered and heated Mirrors
  • Halogen headlights
  • Auto high beam lights
  • Side-hinged rear cargo doors
  • SYNC 4, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen display
  • Steering wheel radio controls
  • FordPass Connect Modem
  • eCall (Emergency Assistance)
  • Full steel bulkhead
  • Pre-Collision Assist 1.5 with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Cruise control

Trend standard equipment (in addition to base trim):

  • Manual air conditioning
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated, sensico wrapped steering wheel
  • Lumbar support - driver seat
  • Driver seat armrest

Titanium equipment (in addition to Trend):

  • 16-inch alloy wheel
  • Front fog lights
  • Quickclear heated windscreen
  • Single sliding door
  • Automatic wipers
  • Chrome detail front grille
  • Body colour door handles
  • Climate control
  • One-touch power windows
  • Front parking aid
  • Rear view camera
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Premium Sensico-wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Reverse parking aid
  • Overhead console
  • Keyless start
  • 12v power point plug in the loading bay
  • Wireless phone charger

Active equipment (in addition to Trend):

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Quickclear heated windscreen
  • Automatic wipers
  • Black honeycomb grille
  • Front and rear silver skid plates
  • Active series floor mats
  • Front parking aid
  • Rear view camera
  • Keyless start
  • Wireless charging
  • 12v power point plug in the loading bay

Ford Transit Courier reliability, common problems & faults

0 out of 5 0.0

A lot of the Courier’s engineering has already been proven over many years. The chassis itself has been in service for a long time and has been used in plenty of passenger cars as well as the previous-generation Transit Courier model.

EcoBoost petrol engines aren’t always known for long-term reliability, but we’ve not heard any horror stories about the diesel.

Ford Transit Courier safety & security

4.8 out of 5 4.8
  • Generous safety tech as standard
  • Awarded Platinum EuroNCAP safety award in 2023
  • Annoying speed limit warning

Another benefit of using an up-to-date car-based platform means a lot of current safety technologies. Every Transit Courier features collision assistance, lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and intelligent speed assist, automatic high-beam and rear parking sensors.

The Transit Courier managed the highest EuroNCAP score possible.

Higher models can include adaptive cruise control with a stop and go function on automatic models, reverse brake assist, evasive steering assist, intersection assist, blind spot monitoring and more sophisticated parking aids.

Which Ford Transit Courier is best for me?

Likely the best Courier option will be the Trend specification with the 1.5-litre diesel engine, which offers everything the commercial vehicle owner really needs and provides a torquey, thrifty and quiet diesel engine, too. Higher specifications maybe be appealing to those who only need the one van (or for a very small fleet).