Ford Transit Custom hybrid practicality & load space

The Ford Transit Custom hybrid is just as practical as the non-hybrid variants, with only a slight reduction on maximum payload weight

Length Width Height Payload capacity (volume)
4,927mm 1,986mm 2,020mm 6 cubic metres

The Ford Transit Custom is one of the most practical vans on sale, and although only two bodystyles – the Van and Kombi versions of the L1H1 variant – are available for now, there’s little doubt this’ll expand in the future. Indeed, a Tourneo Custom minibus using the same powertrain is due in 2020.

Ford Transit Custom hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

There’s space for three passengers inside the Transit Custom, with lots of head and legroom thanks to the high roof and flat floor. Interior storage is plentiful, with a large glovebox, door bins, and cubby holes on top of the dashboard.

Drivers also benefit from a reasonably sized bottle holder above the footwell, giving easy access to drinks while on the go. However, you may be left wanting when it comes to stowing larger items – such as a rucksack – which will need to go in the back with everything else. Tough materials are used throughout, ensuring that the Transit hybrid is ready for the rigours of a working life.

Load space

With the Transit hybrid’s 13.6kWh battery located under the floor, Ford has managed to maintain the overall volume of the load space at six cubic metres. Using a smaller, 1.0-litre petrol engine has helped make up for the extra weight added to the vehicle by the battery unit, with the maximum payload falling only slightly to 1,130kg.

For most drivers, this will still be more than enough to store tools, goods and anything that might need transporting from one place to another. The rear double doors can open out to a full 180 degrees, making access to the rear easy. The flat floor should make loading and unloading bulkier items a doddle, and LED lights in the roof make up for the absence of windows.