Best used 2012-present Ford Transit Custom PCP finance deals

The Transit is hugely popular, but that doesn't mean you have to pay through the nose for one. We've rounded up the best second-hand deals

Chris Rosamond
Apr 8, 2022

Ford has offered various versions of the Transit Custom since the model came out back in 2012. It’s a medium-sized van but the smallest model in the current Transit lineup - barring the much more car-like Transit Connect and Transit Courier. And the Transit Custom’s snappy styling, enjoyable drive plus some very appealing options have made it one of the top choices for drivers who need a van for work but don't want to have to put up with an uncomfortable, noisy machine.

Whichever version you choose, the Transit Custom should be reliable, cost-effective to run and great to drive with a quiet and comfortable cabin and extremely practical load space. Go for a nearly new or used Transit Custom and it should prove even better value. We have more than 400 Transit Custom models available to buy now, with strong value finance deals ensuring low monthly payments.

First, though, you need to work out which Transit Custom is right for you, and at first glance, the choices can look confusing. That’s because, as well as the three different basic body types – you can choose a van, a double-cab van with two rows of seats, or a minibus with three rows – there are two different lengths, and low and high roof options. That’s before you factor in the range of trim levels including Leader, Trend, Limited and Sport.

While all the models listed so far are part of the Ford van range, there’s also a plush people mover version sold by Ford’s normal car dealers. It’s called the Tourneo Custom, and it comes in a range of specs that mirror those elsewhere in the Ford car line-up – which means you can choose a Tourneo Custom in Zetec, Titanium or Titanium X trim.

At least you don’t have to worry too much about the engine options – all of the current Transit Custom models share the same smooth and punchy 2.0-litre 'EcoBlue' diesel. You can choose one of four power outputs – 105hp, 130hp, 170hp or 185hp – and a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

The Transit Custom is one of the most practical options around in straightforward van guise. It fits three standard pallets or 8x4 foot boards flat on the floor, has a ‘through load’ feature under the front passenger seat to accommodate long (3.4m) goods, and the side loading door is the widest in its class, says Ford. Go for the long-wheelbase version and load capacity jumps from six cubic metres to nearly seven, even with a bulkhead fitted as standard to keep your load secure.

Options to consider in your search include a choice of single or twin-bench passenger seats, one or two sliding side doors, and hinged rear doors or a tailgate. You also need to decide which trim level is right for you, so we’ve explained them all below – along with our pick of the deals available now.

Meanwhile, if you need to carry a work crew or even family members when you’re not working, then check out the Double Cab-in-Van that gives you an extra row of three seats, protected from the rear load area by a sturdy bulkhead. With the double front passenger seat option, it means up to six people can travel in comfort.

If you need to carry more people, then the Transit Custom Kombi could be right for you. This has a total of three rows of seats, accommodating nine people, and all the seats in the back can be folded or removed in case you need to carry tools or gear instead of passengers. That makes it just as practical than the Tourneo Custom, but without the luxury feel so you won’t feel too bad about slinging tools in the back or jumping in with muddy work boots.

That’s not to say the Transit Custom is in any way crude though. Far from it, as the slick cabin features plenty of high-tech entertainment options including Ford’s excellent 'SYNC3' media system with an eight-inch touchscreen that links to your smartphone. There’s also an array of safety measures including Trailer Sway Control, Roll Stability Control and Pre-Collision Detect with emergency autonomous braking, plus advanced features such as traffic sign recognition with Intelligent Speed Assist, Blind Spot Information and Active Park Assist.

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Ford Transit Custom Leader

Used deals from £17,850

It may be the Transit Custom entry-level trim, but Leader spec is not completely Spartan with electric front windows, remote locking, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, start-stop, selectable drive modes and a pair of 12V outlets in the cab.

There’s not much flashy tech on the dashboard, but you do get a 4.2-inch digital screen, and Bluetooth connectivity for the digital radio so you can stream your music.

Ford Transit Custom Trend

Used deals from £14,990

Moving up a grade to Trend spec brings a much more appealing array of features, including electric folding mirrors, projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights plus fog lights. You also get body-coloured bumpers and mirror casings, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, cruise control and map lights.

The stand-out extra feature must be the eight-inch touchscreen 'SYNC3' media system though, which gives the Transit Custom’s dash a contemporary high-tech feel – and it works very effectively too.

Ford Transit Custom Limited

Used deals from £15,092

Things start to get a bit swanky at this level in the Transit Custom line-up. On top of the Trend spec you get air-conditioning and 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, and LED load compartment lights.

Aside from the wheels, you can spot one on the road by its body colour side mouldings, rear bumper and door handles. These details make the Transit look far more car-like and sophisticated compared with cheaper versions.

Ford Transit Custom Sport

Used deals from £17,499

This is the Transit Custom ‘halo’ model without a doubt, and the Transit Custom Sport is unmissable on the road with its special striped bonnet graphics and 17-inch black alloy wheels and sports styling kit.

Inside you’re treated to part-leather upholstery and there’s a standard reversing camera with trailer hitch assist, which should make backing up far easier, which should prove particularly valuable in a van with no rear windscreen.

Ford Transit Custom Trail

Used deals Limited stock

Trail models are easily identifiable by the large Ranger Raptor-style 'FORD' badging across the grille in place of the commonly used blue Ford badge.

This version builds on what Trend vans have to offer, adding luxuries like a digital rear-view mirror and a desirable styling pack that makes the Transit Custom Trail look more car-like.

Ford Transit Active

Used deals from £26,999

The most expensive Transit Custom models draw inspiration from the Fiesta Active and Focus Active, with similar off-road styling including black plastic cladding on the lower half to help it be more robust and durable.

The ride height remains untouched, though some off-road ability comes from the optional limited-slip differential, a £550 extra. 

Ford Transit Custom Hybrid

Drivers looking to cut the cost of motoring will be tempted by the plug-in hybrid version of the Transit Custom. Unlike most plug-in hybrids, only the battery drives the wheels. The small 13.6kWh battery is capable of around 30 miles, and can be fully charged in just over five hours using a standard domestic socket and even quicker with a dedicated charging point. The 1.0-litre petrol engine can top up the batteries on the go, too.

A less complex mild hybrid system is also available, with a pair of 2.0-litre diesel engines supported by some additional electronics to make almost 40mpg possible in official tests. These are available in 130hp and 170hp forms.

These eco-friendly models are relatively new, so finding a used bargain can be a bit of a challenge. 

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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