Van of the Year 2021: Ford Transit Custom

The Ford Transit Custom is the 2021 Auto Express Van of the Year, with the Volkswagen Caddy Cargo and Land Rover Defender Hard Top commended

Vans have helped to keep the country moving in the past 18 months, and the Transit Custom is the best in the business. Whether you go for the basic steel-wheeled, black-bumpered Leader, or choose the rugged Trail and Active variants, or the high-spec Sport and MS-RT versions, it really is the van that can.

There are two body lengths and roof heights to choose from (depending on trim), while the five-seat Double Cab in-Van, multi-seat Kombi and upmarket Tourneo Custom also offer versatile family transport. Once you’ve picked a body, the 2.0 EcoBlue diesel is available in four power outputs, while 48-volt mild-hybrid tech is now available to further lower your running costs. If you want zero-emissions driving, then the range-extending Transit Custom PHEV offers 33 miles of EV range.

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Volkswagen Caddy Cargo

Volkswagen Caddy Cargo

New ground has been broken by the Caddy Cargo. It’s still a useful small van, but it’s up front where the big changes lie. The Caddy shares its tech with the Mk8 Golf, so there’s the latest connectivity and a suite of electronic kit that makes driving this van as safe and secure as any car.

Land Rover Defender Hard Top

Land Rover Defender Hard Top

The Defender Hard Top is a work vehicle with style. It has the same striking body as the regular SUV, but the back seats are replaced by a generous cargo area. While the cab now only has room for up to three people, it’s built to the same luxury standard as the passenger model.

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