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Parkers Van Deal of the Week 17/04/15

  • Ford Transit Courier 1.5TDCi 73bhp
  • Save £2,600 on recommended retail price
  • Just £9,440 plus VAT from Trust Ford

This week’s special deal comes from ‘Trust Ford’, with its attractive deal on a new Ford Transit Courier. The asking price is just £9,440 plus VAT for the 73bhp, 1.5-litre version, which is around £2,600 less than the recommended price.

The Ford Transit Courier is the fourth and smallest van in the Transit range. It’s joins the Citroen Nemo, Fiat Fiorino and Peugeot Bipper in the compact van segment, which slots between the small panel van and car derived van.

In the cab

An attractive, well-designed cabin is one of the Courier’s real strengths. Much of the dashboard and switchgear is familiar from Ford’s car models such as the B-Max and Fiesta and it all feels high-quality and durable.

Although the steering wheel adjusts only for rake and not reach, it’s still very easy to establish a comfortable driving position and there’s lots of leg room, even for very tall drivers.

On the road

The Courier handles very well and happily it shares the same excellent control weights, steering response and snappy gear change as many Ford cars. We rated the superb ride quality and sound-proofing, so there’s no need to raise your voice in conversation at motorway speeds.

In the back

Larger and considerably more practical than the Fiesta van, the Courier has a 660kg payload and a 2.3-cubic metre load space. The 1,600mm by 1,244mm load area is larger than that offered by the Courier’s Citroen, Fiat and Peugeot rivals.

There is no bulkhead offered on this trim level but four bulkheads are optionally available: a mesh cage, a moulded full bulkhead, a full steel bulkhead and a full steel bulkhead with a window.

Summary

The asking price of £9,440 plus VAT for the 73bhp, 1.5-litre version is very reasonable indeed. Urban operators should be reminded that, for a mere £50 more, the new 1-litre ecoboost can be chosen, which may make more sense if city roads make up the bulk or your driving.