Long one of Europe’s best-selling vehicles, the recently-redesigned Ford Transit Custom has long been a favorite among critics as well, racking up plenty of awards over the past few years. That trend continues with the launch of the all-new, redesigned Ford Transit Custom as well, which just received the “Best Medium Van” award from the UK publication Parkers, as well as “Best Commercial Vehicle” overall in a rather dominant performance.
“The biggest van in the UK in terms of importance, sales, and influence is back,” Parkers wrote of its selection. “The previous version of the Ford Transit Custom is a former Parkers Van of the Year, so our hopes were high for our 2024 Commercial Vehicle of The Year award when the next-generation one came along. They weren’t just met – they were exceeded. It was far from a foregone conclusion, as the new Transit Custom brought in some notable changes that might have not worked. The move towards a more car-like interior and approach is also a definitive step that might not have appealed to everyone.”
“However, the result is a van from a company that has clearly and positively listened to its customers, enacting some genuinely useful new features in the process. A van offers far less in the way of potential for innovation than a car, but some of the things Ford has brought in are just that. The flat cabin floor and the forthcoming L-shaped bulkhead are the kind of things that will have designers at rival brands rushing off to formulate their own alternatives.”
“This year’s Custom is all-new but does so much more than continue where its predecessor left off,” said Tom Webster, Deputy Head of the Digital Automotive Hub and Vans Editor at Parkers. “It’s packed with tech, with so many driver assistance systems and such an excellent base offering of interior equipment that nothing else matches it. In short, the best got better.”