Our fleet: Ford Transit Courier Trend 1.5 TDCi - February 2016

Ford Transit Courier


Mechanically, our Transit Courier has not missed a beat since we took delivery in September and it is rapidly gaining enormous respect.

So far we have mainly concerned ourselves with its driving dynamics and haven’t mentioned its load-carrying ability.

You might think that cargo areas of vans are all the same but, in fact, they differ greatly. For example, we had a Volkswagen Caddy on test recently and as it didn’t have a plastic non-slip floor, our half-load of cargo started sliding across the back as soon as we set off. I ended up having to stop a mile down the road to strap it in with a ratchet tie.

Our Courier, on the other hand, does have a non-slip floor and a similar cargo stayed in place on its own over a journey of several hundred miles.

Then there’s the lighting. Most vans have underpowered illuminations – even the big panel vans – so that loading and unloading at night invariably involves putting things in the wrong place, tripping over half-hidden objects and generally being problematic in any number of other ways.

Our Courier, on the other hand, has a bright halogen light aboard so loading and unloading is easy, even on the darkest nights.

It might sound like a minor point but little touches like this make all the difference when a vehicle is being used for business day-in, day-out.

Finally, the whole load area is swathed in either plastic or wooden half-height protection so that the Courier doesn’t have any chance of suffering one of those reverse ‘dings’ where cargo slides about and causes a dent from the inside.

These dents are difficult to repair cost-effectively and can knock a few hundred pounds off the used value of a van, so the importance of protection like this can’t be emphasised too highly.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.