Representing a revolutionary step forward for light vans, the all-new Ford Courier is currently making a big impact on the UK market. Combining the best aspects of a commercial van and a Ford car, the Courier offers fuel efficiency, capable performance and a high-tech interior.
Looking beyond the professional, streamlined exterior of the Courier, it's amazing just how much interior space is provided considering its compact size (it's slightly smaller than the Transit Connect model). A load area of 2.4 cubic metres is the largest in its class, while 'fold-and-dive' passenger seats, along with additional ladder, pipe and plank storage, mean that you'll have easy access to your cargo.
The Courier continues the Ford commercial tradition of assured, consistent performance with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. This ultra-efficient unit provides up to 99bhp, and delivers an incredible 76.mpg. There are also 1.5 and 1.6-litre Duratorq diesel units available.
On the inside, you'll immediately be able to appreciate the innovations that Ford has made. Far from the sparse, uncompromising interiors of its rivals, the Courier takes the best elements from Ford's car range – a rear-view camera, advanced Ford SYNC hands-free technology and parking sensors – and incorporates them effortlessly. In effect, the Courier is a highly effective and comfortable mobile office.
If you would like to learn more about the new Ford Courier and how it can help your business grow, get in touch with a member of the team at SMC Ford today. We'll be happy to arrange a test drive for you.
The market for compact panel vans is a fiercely contested one – and the Ford Transit Courier outmatches its most proficient competitors in a number of areas, from performance to standard equipment to simple value for money.
The tool below compares the attributes of the Courier to three of its most popular contemporaries – the Peugeot Bipper, Citroen Nemo and Fiat Fiorino – using the latest manufacturers’ data.* All of the particular models chosen are standard panel vans with a mid-ranking specification and the most economical engine available; nevertheless, the most basic or the best-equipped models show that the Courier and its contemporaries still compare to each other in a similar way.
The information used shows that the Transit Courier is more effective than the Bipper, Nemo or Fiorino in a number of areas. Its fuel efficiency and carbon output is significantly lower – meaning lower running costs, VED and Benefit-in-Kind tax for business owners and fleet buyers – and its Recommended Retail Price is £420 than its nearest rival, the Fiorino. At the same time, the standard equipment on the Courier model in question tends to be more extensive; it includes items such as Bluetooth® connectivity, a trip computer and Hill Start Assist, all of which are optional or unavailable with the other vans.
Use the tool below to find out how the Ford Transit Courier relates to its competitors in the compact LCVs segment.
*Correct as of September 2014.