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Ten Second Review
The sixth-generation Ford Transit might now be built in Turkey rather than Southampton but don't let that cloud your buying decision. If you want the best large van in its sector, you're looking at it right here. Rivals will doubtless arrive in a couple of years copying what Ford has done right here and now.
If the Ford Transit was a watch, you know it would be a Timex. That old strapline 'Takes a Licking But Keeps on Ticking' is just as appropriate to Ford's hardy perennial, a vehicle that has carved itself a massive share of the UK commercial vehicle market. In previous years, one of the reasons that UK businesses loved the Transit was because they perceived it as a 'British' product, an honest van that rolled off production lines in Southampton. That's changed. Our EU cousins at Ford Otosan in Turkey are now responsible for screwing the sixth-generation Transit together and that may have an effect on the residual goodwill UK buyers have for this vehicle. In other words, the Transit now needs to work harder than ever for its keep. It's time to see what it brings to the market.
Here, we're looking at the Transit range in its largest form. There are now Transit Courier and Transit Connect models to satisfy the compact van market and the Transit Custom to deal with Vivaro, Trafic and Transporter competitors in the medium-shaped van sector. The vehicle we look at here though, badged simply 'Transit', is the full-sized version. Let's check it out.
With a chassis that's designed from a clean sheet of paper, the sixth generation Ford Transit is powered by a 130PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel that hails from sunny Dagenham. The range now extends to six different van models with gross vehicle mass (GVMs) of up to 3.5 tonnes. The standard Transit powertrain features the 2.0-litre diesel with a choice of three power ratings. The entry-level output is 100PS, and this can be stepped up to 130 and then 155PS. All models get a six-speed manual transmission and customers also have the option of 130PS and 155PS engines which meet the Euro 6 emission standards.
Available in front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, the Transit has been engineered to keep coming back after the worst abuse imaginable. Its body construction features high-strength and ultra-high-strength boron steels and in development, has covered the equivalent of nearly seven million miles in testing in Europe and North America, with more than 310,000 miles of that total covered by actual Transit customers. Safety tests have been undertaken to ensure the van would behave in a safe and predictable manner when subjected to the worst kinds of impacts experienced in real-world use, one test involving striking a 150mm kerb at 30mph. Ford didn't say how much damage the inevitable Pot Noodle in the cup holder did to the vehicle's interior.
Design and Build
By its definition, a panel van needs to be a big box on wheels, so there's only so much stylists can do to differentiate them externally. Nevertheless, Ford has done quite a good job with this Transit. The front end doesn't immediately look like a Ford product. Previous Transit generations have usually tried to crib whatever the current trend in Ford passenger car styling is and adapt it, more or less successfully, to the bluff front end of a commercial vehicle but while that may work with the smaller Courier, Connect and Custom lines, the latest fully-fledged Transit is a big thing and it looks a bit different. The huge front grille has echoes of the Aston Martin lookalike front end sported by some Ford cars, but thankfully the stylists haven't tried to force the theme.
Inside, the quality looks a good deal better and there's been some budget devoted to actually making the dash look stylish rather than merely functional. The multi-adjustable steering wheel allows a decent driving position and the gear lever is now located close at hand. There's a console that's loaded with buttons to control the various stereo and phone controls, helping you to take calls safely on the move. In fact, the biggest compliment you can pay is that it feels resolutely car-like.
Market and Model
Expect pricing to be broadly inline with the outgoing model. The permutations of body styles are huge. As well as the normal van body, Ford will sell you a double cab in van, a Kombi, a chassis cab and a minibus. We'll stick with just the van body here to save getting too complex. Here, you get a choice of three different wheelbases; L2 (Medium), L3 (Long), and L4 (Long Extended).There are also two roof heights on offer; H2 (Medium Roof) and H3 (High Roof).
Ford offers three different trim levels: base, Trend and ECOnetic. Even the entry-level van gets interior features such as a radio, with AUX, Bluetooth, USB/iPod connectivity and remote controls, a rake- and reach-adjustable steering column , a trip computer, courtesy lights with theatre dimming, an eight-way adjustable driver's seat, remote central deadlocking, electric front windows and an overhead stowage console. Upgrade to the Trend and you get features like cruise control, a lockable glove box, some leather for the steering wheel and gear knob and a complete load compartment half-height trim board.
Practicalities & Costs
In the cargo bay, side-wall angles have been revised to make them more upright and the roof raised slightly to maximise useful space. Plus all versions of this van are around 300mm longer to ensure the load length suits all standard-length pipes, boards, rolls of carpet, and ladders. A wide, high-grip step is integrated into the rear bumper making it easier to step into the cargo area and more convenient when loading by-hand. Side wall-mounted tie-down points help keep the load floor clear and are both DIN and ISO compliant, as is the full steel bulkhead that's fitted as standard. Load space lamps are far brighter than previous models and are fitted as standard. You can also specify the option of ultra-bright LED lighting if required. In a vehicle of this size, it's a smart and highly practical feature. When you've got this much load space, side doors are vital and because they're often used a lot, the whole mechanism is built to maximise ease of use and durability. A double action release handle makes for smooth opening and closing, a 'positive check' latch secures the door when open and a warning beep sounds if the side door isn't shut or locked correctly.
Ford has helped drive down the cost of ownership by setting service intervals at 30,000 miles or 2-years. Day to day running costs are lower too, thanks to technology like Smart Regenerative Charging which only charges the battery when it needs it. Auto-Start-Stop uses around 10 per cent less fuel in typical town driving, while the Ford Eco Mode system continually assesses the effects of your driving behaviour on your fuel consumption and advises you on how to improve fuel economy. Choose the alternative 'ECOnetic' model and you'll get a 7 per cent increase in gear ratios that means longer gearing. You'll also benefit from reduced emissions which are as low as 169g/km. Acceleration Control helps to control the van's rate of acceleration according to whether it's unladen or part-laden. As a result, you can expect to lower your fuel consumption by up to 15 per cent, depending on your driving style. There's also a shift indicator for fuel-efficient gear changes.
The Ford Transit cannot rely on customer goodwill to maintain its UK market share, that much is clear. Much of that has evaporated with the company's decision to up sticks to Turkey to build the vehicle. Instead the Transit needs to unambiguously better its key rivals in terms of practicality, running costs and ease of use. It's hard to argue that this latest model doesn't do exactly that.
The amount of work that Ford has put in to improve efficiency betrays an almost obsessive attention to detail, zeroing in not only on the things that matter to fleet operators, but also devoting equal attention to what counts for those who will drive this vehicle. Yes, you can buy cheaper vans in this sector, but at what cost? The Transit formula has been calculated to the nth degree and it works. Don't expect that to change anytime soon.
- Driver's Armrest
- Glovebox (A4 Documents Size)
- Reach And Rake Adjustable Steering Column
- 8 way adjustable drivers seat
- Cloth upholstery
- Delete easy clean load floor
- Dual passenger seat + storage box
- Folding table for dual passenger seat
- Full steel bulkhead
- Trip Computer
- Warning Lights
- Easy fuel capless refuelling system
- Electric Windows
- Part Body Colour Front Bumper
- Rear Bumper With Integral Step
- Rear Mudflaps
- Wide Bodyside Mouldings
- 180 degree opening rear doors
- Solid paint
- Ec Yes
- Ec Combined 38.2
- Ec Extra Urban 42.8
- Ec Urban 32.8
- Load Height 2025
- Load Length 3494
Weight and Capacities
- Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 80
- Gross Train Weight 5500
- Gross Vehicle Weight 3500
- Load Space Volume 12.4
- Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2800
- Minimum Kerbweight 2279
- No. Of Seats 3
- Payload 1221
- Plated 2Nd Axle 2250
- Plated Front Axle 1750
- Bhp 130
- Engine Power Kw 96
- Did At Least One Aspect Of This Vehicles Safety Give Cause For Concern? No
- Badge Engine Cc 2.0
- Badge Power 130
- Battery Volts 12
- Clutch Single Dry Plate
- Exhaust System Egr
- Front Brakes Discs
- Front Suspension Macpherson Struts
- Ghost Model For Valuation Purposes No
- Hand Brake Rear Wheels
- Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
- Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 1
- Rear Brakes Discs
- Rear Suspension Leaf Springs
- Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
- Service Interval Mileage 36000
- Special Edition No
- Special Order No
- Standard Manufacturers Warranty - Mileage 100000
- Standard Manufacturers Warranty - Years 3
- Steering Rack And Pinion
- Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 120
- Timing Belt Interval Mileage 160000
- Vehicle Homologation Class N1
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Below are our customer reviews for the Ford Transit. Want to have your say? Leave a review for the Ford Transit now.
Surinder Singh Ghattaure said on October 10 2016
I love the van, it drives like a car. The cab it's designed to give the driver great comfort, I love it. Over all, a lovely motor.
David Guthrie said on July 20 2016
Kevin Stuart Mcgregor said on July 15 2016
Lovely van, just what I wanted.
Ross Richardson said on July 04 2016
Good all-round vehicle, does everything I want.
Lee Williams said on July 01 2016
Pretty good all round, drives like a car, blue-tooth for phone works well and the seats are comfy. Could do with over mats as I'm in the building trade and can get a bit grubby at times, other than that very good.
Liam Phillips said on June 21 2016
Smaller than expected, compact, easy to use.
James Martin Hale-Smith said on June 13 2016
Van is lovely.
Vincent Buck said on June 07 2016
A great workhorse.
Keith Ward said on March 24 2016
Good work horse and easy to drive.
Tom Pickering said on March 22 2016
Best in class.
John King said on February 25 2016
I've had my transit just over a year now with no problems at all. It's reliable and does everything I need it to do, I would highly recommend this van.
Sam alchorn said on February 25 2016
Nice van, steering's a bit creaky at the moment but that's what the warranty's for! I don't know if it's a common thing. Overall far superior than other vans we've had on our fleet. So far so good.... It's a transit , say no more!
Ian Jordan said on February 25 2016
The van is large enough to carry our machinery around and is very comfortable, the only thing I need to add is rear sensors. Very Satisfied.
Peter goddard said on February 25 2016
The new style of the van is much more pleasing to the eye as most of my clients comment on how nice it looks. It's also much quieter than the old one and more powerful, all in all a very good van.
Tony homewood said on February 25 2016
This van is the best van I have driven.
ANDREW MCGAUGHEY said on February 25 2016
I use this vehicle for delivering goods, I've had it for 5 months, the media package is brilliant as is the space in the loading area. As for handling, the gearbox can temperamental, the seat doesn't go very high and the steering lock is terrible. Good storage space in the cab, I had a sprinter before this and if I could afford it I would have another one.
Paul Denholm said on February 22 2016
Best choice, perfect for business, plenty of standing space and room for all my built in racking (designed not to be bolted to bodywork), professional service from Vanarama and their staff.
Bryn evans said on February 17 2016
Nice to drive but it could do with more mpg. Bought new tyres after 16000 miles.
Keith Ward said on February 17 2016
Use it for site services, we've had it 9 months now and it is very reliable. The van drives very well but the engine is not quite powerful enough when fully loaded. The trend has a lot of extras, which is nice. The running costs are not too bad, I would say average. The height is an advantage, very easy to get in and out with tools and our equipment.
Craig Farmer said on February 11 2016
Michael Robert Stacey said on February 08 2016
Always used the Ford Transit, it has never let me down so why change.
Sean Georgonikos said on February 05 2016
Very nice to drive with great features & a larger space than the L2 H2 transit we owned previously.
Mark Cooper said on February 05 2016
Brilliant van, could just do with center body tie on points, apart from that a great van!!! Well happy.
Stephen bailey said on February 04 2016
Drives like a car and so quiet.
Nicholas Alleyne said on January 29 2016
Steven Bowler said on January 28 2016
Mark Atkinson said on January 28 2016
Only had the van a week but it's a massive improvement over the old transit.
Andy wrate said on January 22 2016
Excellent service as always.
Adam Tomlinson said on January 21 2016
I've had my Transit for 3 years now and overall it's been a good purchase. It drives like a Mondeo and it's deceptively fast particularly on the motorway and A roads. It's got great equipment levels for a van, this includes: Bluetooth, cruise control and voice activation. Mine is the medium high roof variant and its the only thing I don't like about it in hindsight I wish I'd had the high roof as it would have made loading a lot easier than it is at present. I would certainly consider another one when my contracts up this year as its been a very reliable van.
Paul Winrow said on January 21 2016
Seems a good van but we have only had it 2 weeks, maybe ask in 6 months.
Luke Ralph said on January 15 2016
Perfect for what I need, looks very professional.
Jamie Hainsworth said on November 27 2015
Very happy with the new transit it does what I need it to.
Renatas Daujotas said on November 20 2015
Bit slow van. Not very stable in heavy wind, probably because of large size and low weight. But is only a van. Bit surprised that there is no mud protection above wheels, in winter time, salt on the road will damage metal protection coatings. But I don't think this van will last this long before it starts to rust.
Andrew Wood said on November 16 2015
Excellent. Just like driving a car!
Gareth Dowsett said on October 28 2015
Rear springs are very weak with just 2 leaf springs, 1/2 tonne and they bend the other way. Indicators in the wing mirrors, expensive if they are hit by another vehicle. More space inside for tools etc. No CD player, gutted really. Drives really well.
Terry Foster said on October 23 2015
William Martin said on September 30 2015
Dean Mason said on September 29 2015
Excellent tipper (although much bigger than previous models) seems to be perfect for what I need!
David Cook said on September 24 2015
I think it's really great to drive, just like driving a car. It's light years in difference to my previous transit, just a delight to use.
Nick Durling said on September 22 2015
wouldt i paid for the van, that floor matts and covers would have come as stantard
Mark Oliver said on September 11 2015
A little under powered to what I'm used to. Not as comfortable as the Citroen Relay truck.
Donald Macaulay said on August 24 2015
The new Transit is a nice looking practical van. Only thing to mention is that it is a bit bouncy at the front when driven.
Stephen Bailey said on August 19 2015
Much improvement over the older version, from ride handling to comfort. It's just like driving a car. Phone integration works very well.
Andrew Mcgaughey said on August 12 2015
A very well equipped and stylish van. Smaller cab, but big in loading area.
Stephen Schmid said on July 24 2015
Very pleased, superb new interior, love new toolbox under seat, good radio and reliable Bluetooth, handles well, good at top end, only concern is rattling noise coming from under driver's seat upon acceleration especially when engine cold.
Terrence Banks said on July 20 2015
Great vehicle, great drive. Great value.
Daniel Christopher Haughey said on July 01 2015
Excellent van. Does the job well.
Dennis Sharp said on June 29 2015
It is a good product, except for the fact it developed an electrical fault after only five days of use (not your fault). Ford took ten days to correct this.
Michael Rickwood said on February 16 2015
Very nice and dry. Happy with the vehicle.
Adrian Axe said on February 04 2015
So far so good, but only had the vehicle a day!
Graham Joseph Cronin said on January 29 2015
What an improvement on the old style transit
Adrian Pike said on January 08 2015
Seems great, only had it a couple of days though.
Daniel Chadwick said on December 16 2014
Perfect van for my job.
Sam Orton said on December 08 2014
Christopher Fox said on November 24 2014
A great improvement on the previous model.
Michael Ward said on November 24 2014
I really love this van. The only downside is the fuel consumption, which from a full tank I thought would be about 420 miles. In fact I'm only getting around 330 miles, which for a new van I think is really poor.
Sam Thurstan said on September 11 2014
Looks great and lovely to drive.
Kevin Allen said on September 11 2014
Mint, people were coming over after 2 hours and asking about it and where I got it.
Alex Mcnellan said on August 18 2014
Nice van for our company, thanks.
Ian Parkinson said on July 08 2014
Kenny Lamond said on July 04 2014
John Sankey said on July 04 2014
Only had a day but so far great
David Wynne said on June 27 2014
Melanie Jones said on June 26 2014
Keith Tingle said on May 27 2014
Riley Smith said on May 22 2014
Lee Flitney said on March 07 2014
I have driven these before and I like the make and model.
NEIL KEARNEY said on February 11 2014
THIS NEW VAN IS TO REPLACE MY EXISTING 350LWB WHICH I HAVE OWNED FOR 4 YEARS BUT IS NOW SHOWING SIGNES OF WEAR AND TEAR, MY OLD VAN IS 07 REG & HAS 140000 MILES ON THE CLOCK AND DRIVES GREAT. HOWEVER THE NEW VAN WITH 6 SPEED AND ELECTRIC WINDOWS FEELS MUCH MORE REFINED. THE EXTRA M.P.G. ALONE WILL SAVE APPROX £150 A MONTH HALF THE PAYMENT NEARLY ITS A NO BRAINER. I PLAN TO KEEP THE VAN FOR 5 YEARS AND SWAP AGAIN FOR NEW, THESE VANS ARE WORK TOOLS AND NEED TO BE ROBUST WHICH THEY ARE.
Mark Worsley said on January 30 2014
Great value from the range of vehicles available. Very big load space and looks great with colour-coded bodywork. Great van that should look after me very well.
Chris Fielding said on December 04 2013
For what we need I think it is the best out there for carrying heavy loads.
Nikolay Petkov said on September 24 2013
Great little van. Cheap to buy and run. Could do with a bit more comfort and extras, but overall best van on the british road in my opinion.
Lisa Simpson said on July 19 2013
Good van with the exception of a strange rattling on acceleration, it has been into ford garage and apparently as it is a series 5 transit, this is the norm as the rattle is on exhaust under the seat! Drivers seat uncomfortable as it can only be raised to a certain height.Plenty of room in both cab and rear and bluetooth is a handy feature, but not sure if we love it as much as our older transit!!
Adam Tomlinson said on March 28 2013
Both vans are great, the citroen is brilliant amazing spec and good mpg. The Transit is great again the trend spec is brilliant although next time i would opt for the high roof and not the medium roof hight.
Steve Sadler said on February 06 2013
Karen Atrill said on October 17 2012
Keith is really pleased
Lee Meyer said on August 22 2012
Very pleased with our van so far.
Mike Ritchie said on June 28 2012
Richard Muggeridge said on April 18 2012
Everything I wanted. Kyle did a very good job of understanding my requirements and getting the deal & vehicle I was after.
Gregory Hanna said on January 18 2012
Sara Nixon said on January 18 2012
Alan West said on January 18 2012
very very nice, love the colour
Philip Cooper said on November 30 2011
All good and ply-lining done to a high standard.
Mike Ritchie said on November 24 2011
CLEAN CRISP AND ROBUST, HOWEVER, SOME FORD TIPPERS HAVE PROBLEMS AT NEW WITH THE CLUTCH AND STARTER MOTORS, (HOPEFULLY NOT OURS)
Garry Gore said on October 19 2011
Nice practical vehicle
Casey Jones said on October 04 2011
Always have Ford - can't beat them
Thomas Dowie said on October 04 2011
i used to drive a renault traffic,ford is far superiour.
Terry Loveday said on August 24 2011
Just as I expected very modern and well laid out
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Does the Transit come with air conditioning?
Hi Peter, The New Ford Transit does come with air conditioning but it will come as an additional cost. Air conditioning can be added to the base model or Trend both of which we have available in stock.
How long will it take to get the vehicle?
We have the Ford Transit in stock, so it can be delivered to you within 2-3 weeks.
How many miles per gallon can I get from this van?
The manufacturer quotes that the Ford Transit returns 37.7 mpg.
Do I get breakdown recovery?
The Ford Transit comes with one year of breakdown recovery.
What are the service intervals for this van?
The service intervals for the Ford Transit are 1 year or 20,000 miles.