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The Capels Guide to Ford Transit Vans

November 30, 2017 at 12:02 PM

When shopping for used vans, it's understandable if you've settled on the most popular van model of all time: the Ford Transit. But more than one kind of Transit van is available. Here, we'll help you find the right Transit van to suit your needs.

Transit Courier

The Courier is the smallest and least expensive Ford Transit. It's designed to provide a vehicle that combines the convenience of a car with the functionality of a van. If you someone who needs to carry small loads, such as tools and parts for plumbing, and also wants to be able to use the same vehicle as a day to day car in a tight urban setting, then this is the van for you. The Courier is also generous with its equipment, featuring Bluetooth and DAB radio as standard, along with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), including Hill Start Assist, Emergency Brake Warning, Traction Control, and Trailer Sway Control. The Transit courier is available with a 1.0litre petrol engine, and two diesel engine variants: a 1.5litre (75PS) and 1.6litre (95PS) and is offered in three trim levels:

  • Base - which includes DAB radio and Bluetooth functionality, daytime running lights, remote central locking
  • Trend - in addition to the features of the Base trim, also includes front fog lights, automatic front wipers and headlights, heated door mirrors, 8-way adjustable drivers seats with lumbar support and armrest
  • Kombi - same as Base, but includes a row of rear seats

Transit Connect

The Connect is the in-between model that offers a larger storage space without reaching the full size of the Transit Custom. A Connect will only cost you a little more than a Courier, whereas you'll need to pay significantly more to get a Custom. The Connect comes as a two-seater panel van, five-seater crew van or seven-seater Kombi. If you need a bit of extra space but aren't prepared to drive a full-sized van, the Connect is for you. Kombi is available with more engine variants than the smaller Transit Courier, as well as a choice of body styles: 

  • L1 - The short-wheel base version of the Transit Connect (4418mm in length) - available as a panel van and crew van 
  • L2 - A longer version of the Connect (4818mm long) - available as a panel van, crew van and Kombi. The specially designed bulkhead of the L2 panel van allows for 8x4 sheets of material to be carried.

The trim levels of the Ford's Transit Custom are similar to it's smaller sibling, the Courier's, with the addition of the 'Limited' trim which adds Dual Zone automatic climate control, cruise control, heated driver's seat, rear parking sensors, alloy wheels and cornering lights.

Transit Custom

The Custom is a full-sized van and is the second largest model in the Transit range after the standard Transit. If you need to frequently transport large items, you'll want to opt for the Transit Custom; the cargo area of the Custom is large enough to transport objects up to 3 metres long, including 3 Europallets, whilst the Transit Custom's vast choice of trim levels and optional extras for comfort and convenience make it one of the most luxurious vans on the market today. The Custom, like the Connect, also comes in a two-seat panel van, five-seat crew van or seven-seat Kombi model.  Transit Custom is available in two wheelbase lengths: L1 (4972mm) and L2 (5339mm). The two-seater crew van and Kombi Custom models are also offered with two roof heights.

The Ford Transit Custom is available in three 2.2litre diesel engine variants: 100PS, 125PS, 155PS. In addition to the four trim levels available for the more compact Transit Connect, the Ford Transit Custom also offers a 'Sport' option which, in addition to the equipment of the generous Limited trim, includes 18" 10-spoke alloy wheels and sporty body styling kit (only available when combined with the 155PS engine option).

Standard Transit

The regular Transit is the largest of all the used vans you could buy in Ford's Transit range. It's also the most expensive of the normal vans. The full-size Transit is designed to double as a mobile office space, featuring two 12V sockets and USB connectivity. Three maximum load lengths are available: 3044mm (L2), 3494mm (L3) and 4217mm (L4) and two height options. The doors come with 236-degree hinges. For carrying very large loads, this is the van for the job.

Although Ford's Transit sacrifices some of the trim level options compared to its smaller variants, only offering Base, Trend and ECOnetic trim levels, the Ford Custom is available in either front or rear wheel drive, as well as all-wheel drive. The same three engine variants found in the Transit Custom are offered on standard Transit models, with the addition of the 2.2litre 125PS diesel ECOnetic power unit, featuring a wealth of fuel-saving technology from Ford, including:

  • Ford Auto-Start-Stop
  • Ford Smart Regenerative Charging
  • Ford Eco mode
  • Ford Battery Management System
  • Economy - Gearshift indicator light

Transit Chassis Cab

Offered exclusively in the Base trim, which includes daytime running lights, roof marker lights, Bluetooth, 8-way adjustable driver's seat, the Transit Chassis Cab is specifically designed for specialist bodies. Its high tensile steel frame construction, integral mounting points and low frame rails make it the ideal vehicle for specialist conversions from motorhomes to recovery vehicles. It is available in a double cab (seven-seater) or single cab (three-seater) option. Transit Chassis Cab models allow for a custom body to be added to the van, for example, a tipper, dropside, Luton or box body - depending on your cargo. The Transit Chassis Cab is available in front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, in five chassis frame lengths:

  • L1 - 2775mm single cab
  • L2 - 3142mm single cab
  • L3 - 3592mm single cab / 2777mm double cab
  • L4 - 4149mm single cab / 3159mm double cab
  • L5 - 5147mm single cab / 4149mm double cab

Transit Minibus

The Transit Minibus is for those who need to move a large number of passengers around, and are not concerned about having a large amount of storage space for material loads. The Minibus is the priciest model of Transit Ford offers. It comes with either 12 seats, 15 seats or 18 seats. If you never need to carry more than seven passengers, it would be cheaper to opt for a seven-seat version of one of the other Transit models. If you need to regularly transport more than seven passengers, however, you will have to opt for the Minibus.

We hope this guide has proved helpful in your decision to purchase a used Ford Transit Van. View Capels' stock of quality used Ford Transit vans - all ready to view at our South Wales showroom. All vans come with 12 months AA breakdown cover included free, plus flexible finance and nationwide delivery available.

The Capels Guide to Ford Transit Vans



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