Without stop-start tech, it still averages a respectable 68.9mpg economy.
The engine also comes with the brand’s EasyFuel system on board, which stops you filling the Transit Courier Kombi up with petrol by mistake.
Emissions, meanwhile, are just a little over 100g/km of CO2, which means you won’t need to pay too much in road tax each year.
It’s a useful engine, one that always feels planted on the road, isn’t too noisy, and offers decent performance. Moreover, the ride quality is supple and the Transit handles with greater fluency than the Nissan.
Like the Nissan, the Ford’s cabin is more functional than anything else. Still, its user-friendliness is what makes it such an attractive proposition. Interior space is good, and all the buttons and dials are easy to locate and operate.
The vehicle comes with a reach and height adjustable steering wheel, visibility is good up front and in the rear, while the instrument cluster is sharp. The overall quality of the interior is high considering its van origins.
Storage space is good, and includes a good-sized glovebox and some big door pockets. The load bay, meanwhile, measures 1,620mm in length.
Nissan – £21,380 – £32,250
Ford – £17,400 +