Ford Transit Custom

Our Van of the Year is hi-tech, practical and the first van in its class to get a five-star crash test rating

Such is the popularity of the Ford Transit among van buyers, if it was a car it would consistently feature in the top 10 sellers, outselling the Mondeo – so the launch of a new Transit is big news in the van world.

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What makes this latest model worthy of Auto Express’ first Van of the Year Award is its array of user-friendly features. The load space is among the largest in the class, with even the shortest models able to swallow three Euro pallets.

Low-emissions ECOnetic versions promise up to 46.3mpg economy, and the Transit Custom will keep working for longer than its rivals with service intervals of 30,000 miles.

It’s the first van in its class to achieve a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, and has hi-tech features like Lane Keeping Alert. Plus, SYNC with emergency assistance helps occupants phone the emergency services in one of 26 languages. The Transit’s also one of the best-driving vans, with good ride and handling.

Commended

Fiat Doblo Cargo

With the highest payload in its class (up to 1,000kg) and an extensive range of bodystyles, the Doblo 
is a fine choice for anyone looking for a smaller van. It’s good to drive, too, and offers a wide choice of engines and a spacious cab. 

Mercedes Sprinter

The Sprinter is not only the best 
big van to drive, but the range 
of sizes makes it suitable for 
all manner of jobs, too. As you’d expect from Mercedes, it was also one of the first vans to provide an advanced range of safety features.

Safety Award 

    

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