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The Ford Transit Custom vs. The Volkswagen Transporter

Written by Nationwide Cars on 22 May 2018, 10:04 a.m.

The Ford Transit Custom vs. The Volkswagen Transporter

If you’re looking to invest in a new van for your business, you’ll want to make sure that you’re getting the one that perfectly suits your needs. Whether you’ll be travelling long distances, carrying heavy loads or towing trailers behind, you want to make sure that you’ll be getting the best of the best.

To help you get the van that’s perfect for you, we’ve compared two of the market’s leading van models and broken things down for you spec-by-spec to give you the best insight into each van and help you make an informed decision.

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The Ford Transit Custom

As one of the most popular vans of 2017, the Ford Transit Custom is praised for its reliability and sleek aesthetics. Using the latest advanced technology, its adaptability makes it perfect for a variety of businesses. With three sizing variants to choose from you can completely customise the van to suit you and your needs, while its leading loadspace provides an optimum working experience that’s specifically designed to make your life easier.


The VW Transporter

An ever iconic van , the VW Transporter is adaptable, spacious and effortlessly smooth both in its looks and its drive. With a meticulously designed interior, the Volkswagen Transporter marries comfort with reliability in the best way possible. Designed to be versatile and adaptable across a variety of businesses, the Volkswagen Transporter is the everyman's van and an undeniable timeless classic.


Van vs. Van: Ford Transit Custom vs VW Transporter

Loading Capacities

As one of the most important considerations for many businesses, van loading capacities are crucial in determining whether a van is right for you and your company. As such it’s important to take a look at the loading specs whilst making your decision. With a load length of 2572mm, the Transporter just pips the Transit to the post which has a loading space of 2555mm. Similarly the Volkswagen takes the lead with loading heights. Although both models come with varying height options, overall it’s the Transporter that came out on top with a whopping height of 1940mm. However when it comes to van width sizes, the Ford wins with 1775mm in comparison with the Volkswagen’s 1700mm.

Winner: VW Transporter



As one of the most asked about stats, when it comes to purchasing a van, payload is perhaps one of the most important factors of consideration. Between the Ford Transit Custom and the Volkswagen Transporter, however, there is one clear winner. Although models have numerous sizing options, the maximum payload with the Ford is 1399kg, whilst the Volkswagen lags behind with 1274kg.

Winner: Ford Transit Custom


Emission Levels

With high emission levels causing increased levels of environmental concerns, people are constantly seeking greener features within their cars. With the Custom emitting 165g/km (170ps), and the Transporter emitting 174g/km (204ps), the Ford Transit Custom is the undeniable winner when it comes to eco friendliness.

Winner: Ford Transit Custom


Engine Power

When it comes to buying a van, engine power is up there as one of the most important factors of consideration, and can be a deal breaker for many people. Therefore, it’s important to be aware when choosing between the Ford Transit Custom and the Volkswagen Transporter that it is in fact the Volkswagen that takes the engine power crown, where 450Nm of torque is produced in comparison with the Ford’s 405Nm.

Winner: VW Transporter


Fuel Economy

When it comes to running a vehicle, it’s important to try to get the best deal for yourself, both in terms of specs and also financially. That’s why fuel economy is such an important part of choosing a new van. With the Ford managing 46.3mpg and the Volkswagen reaching 47.9mpg, the Volkswagen narrowly takes the lead.

Winner: VW Transporter


Overall, the VW Transporter just edges the Ford Transit Custom due to its loading capacity, impressive engine power and economical fuel consumption. However, with both models possessing strengths and weaknesses, it’s important to balance the stats and priorities what’s most important to you when choosing the van that suits you and your business.

If you’re looking to finance your new van, contact us and we’ll get you on the road with the best deal possible.