A little alert has just popped up on my calendar to tell me that the Ford Transit Custom Sportvan that we’ve been running has just done one year with us.
Twelve months in, the Sportvan is now better than ever in the engine departments, still ticking all the boxes in the looks and style awards, and holding up brilliantly to the various jobs and drivers that are thrown at it.
Almost at the same time that the one year anniversary passed, the van’s mileage passed the 11,111 mark. While this is a moderately low mileage for a commercial vehicle, the way in which the van has been notching up these miles – partly laden, in a largely urban setting with the occasional lengthy motorway jaunt – has allowed us to prove that the Custom is a reliable and capable van.
It’s impressed everyone who has driven it, and still gets its fair share of admiring looks from all manner of people. While the prevalence of Transit Custom vans has now increased to such a level where I no longer have to explain to people what it is, the bonnet stripes need constant clarification – “did you put them on yourself?” being the most regular question.
It would seem the majority of van drivers, and Transit Custom owners, really like our Sportvan’s bold look and many would like the same, but too often wince when they hear it is standard as part of the £26,245 (ex VAT) Transit Custom Sport cost.
The vagaries of classic bike ownership means that getting the damned things fixed when they break can involve travelling long distances, but how does the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter take to being a motorbike chauffeur?
When a forgotten appointment involving a trip from Greater London to visit the Palletforce hub in Burton-upon-Trent loomed on the calendar, an emergency mode of transportation was needed and I'm pleased to say our Volkswagen Caddy long term test van proved just the ticket on a run that took in the M25 both ways and the M40 there but the M1 back – hey, variety and all that.