Ford Transit Custom hybrid interior & comfort
The Ford Transit Custom hybrid van is very comfortable, with seating for three and plenty of handy storage solutions
The suspension of the Ford Transit hybrid is supple and adept at soaking up all kinds of bumps and ruts in the road, making it very comfortable to sit in. Although it’s no luxury limousine inside, the higher-spec versions of the Transit strike the right balance between soft-touch and durable materials.
Ford Transit Custom hybrid dashboard
The dashboard in the Transit hybrid borrows a lot of switchgear from the rest of Ford’s line-up, while the optional eight-inch touchscreen will also feel familiar to those who’ve spent time in the latest Mondeo or Kuga models.
There are buttons and dials for the climate control beneath this, with the drive mode lever protruding from the bottom of the dashboard. The digital display behind the steering wheel is clear and easy to read, with buttons on the wheel making it easy to find information.
All things considered, the Transit feels more closely aligned with Ford’s passenger cars than you might imagine. Quality is good, and there are some fantastic storage solutions – like the passenger seat that lifts up to leave space to store your charging cables.
Equipment, options & accessories
The plug-in hybrid Transit Custom is available in three of the standard van’s four trim levels: Leader, Trend and Limited. Basic models come with steel wheels, remote central locking, DAB radio, USB connectivity and an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat. Ford’s excellent Quickclear windscreen can be added as an option.
Trend adds power-fold door mirrors, body-coloured bumpers, automatic lights and wipers, parking sensors and an eight-inch touchscreen. Niceties such as cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and LED daytime running lights also feature, while a rear-view camera can be added as part of the Visibility Pack (Premium). Top-spec Limited (Sport trim is not available on the PHEV) gets alloy wheels, heated seats and air conditioning.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system is clear and relatively easy to use, even if the graphics look a little basic. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto negate the need for a built-in sat-nav, although we’d prefer if Ford made it easier to switch back to the van’s SYNC infotainment system when you want to change the radio station.
Ford has partnered with NewMotion, which it claims will give Transit hybrid drivers “simplified access” to 118,000 charging points throughout Europe. Using the NewMotion app, drivers will be able to locate, initiate and pay for registered public chargers through their smartphone, without being mired with dozens of separate apps for different charging providers and networks alike.
The FordPass smartphone app allows you to monitor the charge of the battery remotely, and in 2020 the FordPass Pro app will be capable of the same for up to five vehicles – useful for those managing fleets.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van offers around 26 miles of electric driving range and nearly 92mpg fuel economy
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Ford Transit Custom hybrid has a useful electric range of 26 miles, plus a petrol engine for longer journeys – making it a great all-rounder
- 3Running costsRunning costs for the Ford Transit Custom hybrid should be low, provided you charge the battery regularly and don’t rely too heavily on the petrol engine
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Ford Transit Custom hybrid is surprisingly fast, with the punchy electric motor delivering good acceleration
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe Ford Transit Custom hybrid van is very comfortable, with seating for three and plenty of handy storage solutions
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Ford Transit Custom hybrid is just as practical as the non-hybrid variants, with only a slight reduction in maximum payload weight
- 7Reliability & safetyFord has a good reputation for reliability, which means the Transit Custom hybrid should be a dependable companion
- 8Living with itPlug-in hybrid cars and SUVs are everywhere, but how does a petrol-electric drivetrain work in a van? We ran a Ford Transit Custom PHEV to find out