The What Van? Road Test: Ford Transit Courier Sport

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019   |   Author: Steve Banner


Courier Detail Load Bay

Load bay

Access to the Courier Sport’s 2.3m3 cargo area, which boasts a 12V power point, is by means of a sliding door on the nearside or through twin, unglazed, asymmetric rear doors. The narrower of the two is on the offside. They can be swung through 90°, then through 180° if you release the user-friendly stays.

Six load tie-down points are provided and you can specify an LED light. A full-height steel bulkhead is fitted to protect the occupants of the cab from being hit by anything that is not lashed down if the driver has to brake heavily. The bulkhead is angled backwards into the load area and partially obstructs the side door aperture.

Opaque rear doors plus an opaque bulkhead mean that the Courier Sport should really be equipped with reversing sensors. But it isn’t. They are available as an option but are standard on Limited models, and it seems strange they are not standard on Sport derivatives too.

A tailored rubber mat protects the cargo bed, and the load area’s sides and doors are partially defended against minor scratches and scrapes by a mixture of plastic mouldings and hardboard panels. There is no protection for the wheelboxes however, which look vulnerable to being bashed.  As a consequence, and depending on the nature of the cargo being carried, buyers may want to consider having the entire cargo bay timbered out. Extra carrying capacity was provided by our demonstrator’s optional black roof rails.


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