The interior layout, fit and finish
The previous Transit was no slouch when it came to internal storage, but this latest version has upped the game even more. There are new compartments in the top of the dashboard that will allow you to store a lot more stuff, but annoyingly, there is no covered storage there any more – and no option for it either. That probably means you’ll make most use of the overhead shelf, but there’s also storage under the passenger seat bench.
The glovebox provides more concealed storage, and there’s also a small compartment on the driver’s door that’s only accessible when you open it up.
The only real downside to the interior is a shortage of small trays and cubbyholes for coins and pens. The lower central compartment – probably intended for documents or clipboards – is where you’ll end up stashing the majority of your small bits, but retrieving items from there could be tricky.
Except for a leather-effect steering wheel and gearknob covering, there is very little in terms of looks between the Base and Trend models on the inside, but it’s worth having the higher-specification trim for the additional features and creature comforts it provides.
Those opting for the Transit Trail model get a more upmarket interior than the standard van, with full leather seats which Ford hopes will improve your chances of cleaning any mud off the insides when you go off-roading. It also has a higher level of standard equipment, including air-conditioning and electric mirrors and automatic headlights.
The major changes, however, are on the outside which, along with the matte-black bold-lettered new grille, includes black plastic cladding on the lower front and back bumpers along with the side panels. Trail vans also get running boards, roof rails and Trail decals on the front doors.