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.
Cupholders for both driver and passenger can be found towards the end of each side of the dashboard, and there are two large pockets beneath these that are suitable for 2.0-litre water bottles.
There’s plenty of leg room for the driver as well as front passengers, including anyone in the centre seat – which isn’t always the case, even in vans of this size.
The driver’s seat adjusts eight different ways, and the steering column is adjustable for both reach and height. That means it can take forever to get into the right position, but once you do, you can be properly comfortable, whatever your size.
The dashboard layout mimics that of some of the older models in Ford’s car range, and is neat and stylish, for a van, at least.
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.
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