Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Transit is priced broadly in line with its rivals from Mercedes and Volkswagen, which means it's not especially cheap to buy. That said, servicing and maintenance costs on the Transit should be cheaper than for the German competition.
Steering wheel controls, a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and USB and auxiliary ports all feature as standard, and you can add air conditioning, sat-nav, parking sensors and automatic wipers and headlights. Or just order the Trend model, which comes with most of the above as standard. The Transit Trail option might also take your interest as it adds leather and electrical goodies, not to mention the exterior alterations, but it is an expensive add-on – in the region of £4000 over the Trend.
Ford makes a great deal of noise about its safety features in the Transit, with Hill Start Assist, Emergency Brake Warning and Electronic Dynamic Cornering Control all standard. You also get a clever system called Load Adaptive Control, which adjusts the electronic stability control in accordance with the overall weight of your van.
Another new arrival is adaptive cruise control with pedestrian detection. That is now made possible thanks to electromechanical steering which – as on the Volkswagen Crafter – also improves fuel efficiency. Indeed, fuel economy across the Transit range is surprisingly good.
A driver’s airbag is standard, while passenger and pillar airbags are available as cost options, and if you can afford a little more again, the Premium Visibility Pack, which includes a rear-view camera and Lane Keeping Alert, also represents money well spent.
If you need additional load space options, the interior roof racks are a smart addition. They can support up to 50kg and can be fixed in different positions inside the van, keeping items such as smaller ladders held securely in the vehicle.Last but not least, there’s now a built-in 4G modem in all new Transits. That means you can connect to the internet, but its main use is to allow a new level of connectivity through the Ford Pass app. With this, you can monitor all sorts of status information about the van and even remotely unlock it.
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