Work horse with plenty of grunt

THE classic Ford Transit Custom van is a compact vehicle that offers a multi-functional work horse with strong elements of economy topped with some pleasant surprises in its “specs”.

There is durability and reliability right through its DNA starting with the power plant, a two litre diesel unit that rolls along with the power of 125kW at 3500rpm and top torque of 405Nm starting from 1750rpm with a maximum towing capacity of 2000kg.

That is matched up with a six speed manual gear box.

It includes the auto start stop programme that switches the motor off when the vehicle comes to a halt and restarts smoothly when you drive off.

It is also one of the reasons for a low consumption figure of fuel usage of just 6.5 litres/100 kilometres which has been tested by Ford in both heavy traffic with frequent stops and on the open road.

In addition, it is an environmentally-friendly motor that has low carbon emissions and meets the highest European standards.

The Custom Transit is a delightful vehicle to drive with its high stance and fine-tuned suspension system, it really does feel more like a car and gives an extra dimension in that it can be used as a comfortable run-around vehicle when not required for work.

Features such as torque vector control, trailer sway control, roll stability, load-adaptive control and electronic stability control along with hill-launch assist all add to a drive experience that is more than you would expect from a work vehicle.

Ford has also added rear parking sensors and a rear view camera to a “team list” that also includes large side mirrors for better vision.

The test drive model had two large sliding side doors and the bonus of a hatch-back type rear door that lifted upwards instead of two that opened sideways which all helped to make the Transit much easier to load.

There is a useful six cubic metres of load space and provision for more space under the front seat. A retractable roof rack can hold 130kg of cargo.

A compact and comfortable cabin has room for three people in the front and offers the manufacturer’s SYNC in vehicle communication system along with essentials such as air conditioning and an adjustable speed-limiting device with cruise control.

The Custom Transit won a prestigious international van of the year award in its launch year of 2002.

This compact vehicle lives up to the proud Transit name which dates back to 1965 when Ford started manufacturing the vans.

THE classic Ford Transit Custom van is a compact vehicle that offers a multi-functional work horse with strong elements of economy topped with some pleasant surprises in its “specs”.

There is durability and reliability right through its DNA starting with the power plant, a two litre diesel unit that rolls along with the power of 125kW at 3500rpm and top torque of 405Nm starting from 1750rpm with a maximum towing capacity of 2000kg.

That is matched up with a six speed manual gear box.

It includes the auto start stop programme that switches the motor off when the vehicle comes to a halt and restarts smoothly when you drive off.

It is also one of the reasons for a low consumption figure of fuel usage of just 6.5 litres/100 kilometres which has been tested by Ford in both heavy traffic with frequent stops and on the open road.

In addition, it is an environmentally-friendly motor that has low carbon emissions and meets the highest European standards.

The Custom Transit is a delightful vehicle to drive with its high stance and fine-tuned suspension system, it really does feel more like a car and gives an extra dimension in that it can be used as a comfortable run-around vehicle when not required for work.

Features such as torque vector control, trailer sway control, roll stability, load-adaptive control and electronic stability control along with hill-launch assist all add to a drive experience that is more than you would expect from a work vehicle.

Ford has also added rear parking sensors and a rear view camera to a “team list” that also includes large side mirrors for better vision.

The test drive model had two large sliding side doors and the bonus of a hatch-back type rear door that lifted upwards instead of two that opened sideways which all helped to make the Transit much easier to load.

There is a useful six cubic metres of load space and provision for more space under the front seat. A retractable roof rack can hold 130kg of cargo.

A compact and comfortable cabin has room for three people in the front and offers the manufacturer’s SYNC in vehicle communication system along with essentials such as air conditioning and an adjustable speed-limiting device with cruise control.

The Custom Transit won a prestigious international van of the year award in its launch year of 2002.

This compact vehicle lives up to the proud Transit name which dates back to 1965 when Ford started manufacturing the vans.

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