Ford Transit review

Category: Large Van

Section: Introduction

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The Ford Transit has been an icon in the van market since it was launched in 1965 and has held an unprecedented grip on the title of best-selling van in the UK. Its name is synonymous with big vans, but with the Transit range now being broken down into subdivisions of Transit, Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Transit Courier, the Transit name is more prevalent than ever.

As well as revising its engines in 2019 to meet the ever-stricter Euro-6d emissions standards, Ford took the opportunity to update the Transit more comprehensively. Hence, there's a new grille, which is a subtle alteration to the existing design, as well as some crease lines in the bonnet to toughen up the front end appearance.

The main engine choice is a 2.0-litre diesel with the same outputs as in the previous Transit, of 103bhp, 129bhp and 168bhp, but a new 182bhp unit has also been added. As ever, there are front and rear-wheel-drive vans, with the higher-powered variants also available with four-wheel drive. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, although rear-wheel-drive Transits can now be had with a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Then there is the new range of mild-hybrid engines, which improve fuel economy by as much as 8%. These extend the time that the engine is not used when you're stationary at traffic lights or queuing. That means the engine is switched off for longer and more fuel is saved.

Three basic trim levels – Base, Trend and Limited – are available, and all have a wide range of options that can be added. Ford has also added a Trail version of the large van to its range, which bolsters its off-road abilities. Trail also adds the bold F-O-R-D grille to the front of the van, which has been popularised by the Ford Ranger Raptor pick-up.

Although it is the UK’s best-selling large van, the Transit faces stiff competition from the van world’s other big household name, the Mercedes Sprinter, as well as the likes of the Fiat Ducato, Volkswagen Crafter, Nissan NV400 and Peugeot Boxer.

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