Steve Cropley
19 February 2013

What is it?

If you needed proof that ‘White Van Man’ is an outmoded concept, the new, £33,000 Ford Tourneo Custom 300 is it. Sure, it’s a version of the all-new Ford Transit, easily Britain’s favourite van (and definitely available in white) but it’s also the ultimate example of how luxuriously specified these vehicles can be. And it shows how impressive they are to drive.

The Custom is just one of an enormous and complex range of Transits: you can have high or low roof, short or long wheelbase, jumbo, windows or not, double cab, and a thing called Kombi, which lets you stow the seats to leave a big carrying space. Whatever you want to do, you can do it with a Tranny. Or Tourneo, as Ford calls the ritziest versions.

What is it like?

Our particular Tourneo was a short-wheelbase model, powered by a 153bhp version of Ford’s familiar 2.2-litre diesel with a six-speed manual gearbox to match. Nobody’s too keen to talk kerb weight (we’d estimate 1800kg) and, of course, the frontal area is huge in car terms, but the Tourneo feels both quick off the mark – that’s the 284lb ft of torque working – and geared highly enough for motorway cruising in faster traffic. More to the point, the control efforts and responses are car-like, the ride quality, helped by a long wheelbase in car terms, is smooth and very quiet.

Should I buy one?

The Tourneo Custom is never going to be a substitute for a car (although those with a nine head count family may demur). But if you need to carry lots people or lots of stuff you’ll find the latest Ford carry-all amazingly capable. As good, say the van pundits, as anything else on the market.

Ford Tourneo Custom 300 SWB

Price £33,000; 0-62mph 12.5sec (est); Top speed 100mph (est); Economy 46.3mpg (combined); CO2 172g/km Kerb weight 1800kg (est); Engine 4 cyls, 2198cc, turbodiesel Power 153bhp at 3500rpm Torque 284lbft at 1600-2400rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual

Join the debate


Whilst the model tested is an

1 year 39 weeks ago

Whilst the model tested is an interesting vehicle in as much as it could (at a push) be considered as a super sized MPV, the one that would probably be of real interest to readers is the double cab.

The most car like of the vehicles available (especially if you want to work round the company car tax rules), in as much as you can seat your family in comfort and still have a seperate work based load area.

Playing with the configurator, in Limited specification, leather, metallic blue with the 155bhp engine, could be a very nice vehicle.

Any chance of a more indepth test of that vehicle (because spec'd like that it isn't really a van) please?




It's all about the twisties........

we looked at ordering one of

1 year 39 weeks ago

we looked at ordering one of these recently, given the size of the family and the amount of stuff we often hire vans to move about.

Cost for the longer model with all the options we wanted (inc. auto box, uprated stereo, parking sensors and the like) ran to a forehead-moppingly large £38K, with a delivery date in September. The dealer did offer a discounted figure but the depreciation, long wait and a continued worry over the sheer size of the thing deterred us.

Still, there's nothing on sale quite like it, and it's not as though a smaller vehicle is going to provide an answer to our problems. Best to hang around for a used one in 18 months or so. If they're as good as everyone seems to be saying and sales to less tightfisted buyers and commercial operators go well then I'm hoping the market will have a few to offer.

Spot on.

1 year 39 weeks ago

Ford seems to have some superb Advanced Product Planners, getting to the nub well before the rest of the crowd.  Evidenced by the original Mk1 Focus that was so revolutionary in comparison to its competitors.  Then we've had C-Max, way before VW even gets around to cancelling its Bulli.  Then there's the S-Max in a class of its own, and the B-Max, lately, to mention but a few.  And here's the Transit.  Only it's not.

However good his new Transit

1 year 39 weeks ago

However good his new Transit is, the fear of depreciation will continue to see private buyers beat a path to their VW showroom for a Transporter in its various guises. I drive a swb VW Kombi around town (out of choice). Being brick-shaped it is a cinch to place in traffic, it's overall dimensions are smaller than many cars, and because it's red I am given plenty of space by other drivers (I think they think I'm a Postie!). And it has waaay more room in it than any car for all my stuff.

Ha!! The accepted nick-name

1 year 39 weeks ago

Ha!! The accepted nick-name for a Transit triggered the profanity filter!


1 year 39 weeks ago

£33K for a van with windows!


1 year 38 weeks ago

One of the appeals of the VW vans is their smart but understated styling which probably helps the resale values too. This looks like they just couldn't stop styling it.

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