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By Jonathan Crouch
Like Wagon Wheels, Ford Transits have got smaller since their Seventies heyday. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the improved version of the brand's Transit Courier city van.
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The Ford Transit Courier is the fourth LCV model in a range that also includes the Transit Connect, the Transit Custom and the full-fat Transit van. This is the smallest model in the range, but it's no tiddler when it comes to cargo capacity with a class-leading load length and a payload of 660kg. This improved version gets smarter looks and a redesigned cabin.
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When it comes to vans, one size most certainly doesn't fit all. Van users have hugely diverse needs and the fragmentation of the van market into varying different size classes has provided manufacturers with the opportunity to really tailor vans to specific purposes. Take this Ford Transit Courier. You used to know where you were with a Ford Transit. It was a big, blocky thing, built in Eastleigh and it had all the sophistication of a stag weekend in Magalluf. Buyers loved it though. It was rugged, inexpensive and did the job. These days though, the Ford Transit is a brand that encompasses a number of different models. It's a lucrative strategy too, with the upswing in commercial vehicles sales post-recession. Here, we're looking at the smallest member of the Transit retinue, the Transit Courier.
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Although you don't get any choice when it comes to Transit Courier body styles, you'll need to come to a decision about the oily bits under the bonnet. Meeting the latest Euro 6.2 emissions standards, the updated powertrain line-up in this revised model offers customers the choice of fuel-efficient 75PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel and a 100PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit. All vehicles feature Ford's latest six-speed manual transmission in place of the previous model's five-speed gearbox, offering improved shift quality, refinement and contributing to better real-world fuel-efficiency. On the move, the chassis is torsionally very stiff and the tuning of the suspension components and steering system has resulted in decent ride comfort, along with the sort of precise and agile handling you'll need when negotiating city streets.
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