Ford Transit (2006–2014)

Last updated 20 December 2017

Ford updated the Transit at the tale end of 2011 and added Euro 5-compliant engines to the whole range. Every engine on offer is now a 2.2-litre turbodiesel and they come in 100PS, 125PS, 135PS, 140PS and 155PS guises. If you’re wondering why there is such a spread of engines, it’s because not every engine is offered with every version.

This is due to Ford offering the Transit with front, rear and all-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive model is only sold with the 125PS, 350Nm version of the 2.2-litre engine, which is the least common choice among Transit buyers. Much more common is the 125PS 2.2 TDCi that is offered in both front and rear-wheel drive models, alongside the 100PS low-power engine. For front-wheel drive Transits, there is also the choice of a 140PS engine, while rear-drive models can be had with a 135PS engine with either 355Nm or 385Nm of low-rev shove.

All of these various engine options come attached to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. This transmission deserves special mention for the quality of its shift action. It may be a small detail, but when van drivers spend so much time and so many miles at the wheel it’s the details that count. The revised Transit’s gear shift is a pleasure to use and in fact puts many passenger cars’ gearboxes to shame.

It’s also worth mentioning the Transit now comes with engine stop/start, switching off the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill with the gearbox in neutral and the clutch disengaged. It helps saves fuel and could have a significant bearing on fuel costs for those who spend a lot of time in urban traffic conditions. Ford also now fits regenerative charging, so the battery is charged up as the van slows, saving otherwise wasted energy.

Ford’s ECOnetic technology has been expanded further across the Transit range with the new Euro 5 engine. You can now have a 280S short wheelbase front-drive model or 350L long wheelbase front-driver with this fuel-saving technology. It also helps lower carbon dioxide emissions, with the 280S emitting 173g/km and the 350L a respectable 189g/km.

All of this is welcome stuff, but at heart this Ford remains great to drive. The engines pull strongly and the popular 125PS front-drive model makes light work of heavy payloads. It deals with hills and steep inclines easily, rarely requiring a drop down from the higher gears to maintain momentum.

Comfort is another Ford Transit strong point thanks to supple suspension that deals with almost every type of lump and bump without fuss or distress. This is all the more impressive when you notice the Transit doesn’t display any untoward body lean in corners, even when laden, while the steering is direct and responsive yet light around town. It also has a tight turning circle at 10.8m in short wheelbase form to better the Fiat Ducato’s more than decent turning ability.

New for the revised Transit is a standard speed limiter set at 70mph. More unusual is the button on the dash to disable the limiter, which seems to defeat the purpose of having such a device in the first place if a driver can switch it off the moment he or she is out of sight of the depot.

But Ford has addressed the Transit’s noisy cabin. By carefully isolating every potential source of noise intrusion from the engine, as well as the road and wind at higher speeds, Ford has made the Transit’s cab easily the quietest and most refined of any its sector. It may seem like a small matter on first acquaintance, but the reduction in noise inside the Transit has a big impact over long days on driver fatigue, making it a more pleasant place to spend the working day.

Engine Fuel tank MPG CO2
1.8 TDCi 110 Euro 4 60 L 47 mpg 159 g/km
1.8 TDCi 90 Euro 4 60 L 44 mpg 168 g/km
2.2 TDCi 100 5 80 L 33–39 mpg 189–229 g/km
2.2 TDCi 100 Euro 4 80 L - -
2.2 TDCi 100 Euro 5 80 L 33–42 mpg 178–980 g/km
2.2 TDCi 115 EU4 80 L 39 mpg 189 g/km
2.2 TDCi 115 Euro 4 80 L 29–37 mpg 213–254 g/km
2.2 TDCi 125 5 80 L 32–40 mpg 189–234 g/km
2.2 TDCi 125 Euro 4 80 L - -
2.2 TDCi 125 Euro 5 80 L 32–39 mpg 189–234 g/km
2.2 TDCi 135 5 80 L 36–36 mpg 207–209 g/km
2.2 TDCi 140 5 80 L 36–39 mpg 189–209 g/km
2.2 TDCi 140 Euro 4 80 L 29–37 mpg 213–254 g/km
2.2 TDCi 140 Euro 5 80 L 32–39 mpg 189–234 g/km
2.2 TDCi 150 5 80 L - -
2.2 TDCi 155 5 80 L 32–36 mpg 209–234 g/km
2.2 TDCi 155 Euro 5 80 L 32–36 mpg 209–234 g/km
2.2 TDCi 85 Euro 4 80 L 34–35 mpg 214–216 g/km
2.3i 145 Euro 4 80 L 35 mpg 214 g/km
2.4 TDCi 100 Euro 4 80 L - -
2.4 TDCi 115 Euro 4 80 L 29–34 mpg 222–254 g/km
2.4 TDCi 140 5 80 L 37 mpg 204 g/km
2.4 TDCi 140 Euro 4 80 L 27–31 mpg 240–274 g/km
2.4 TDCi 140 Euro 5 80 L 37 mpg 204 g/km
3.2 TDCi 200 Euro 4 - 25–27 mpg 272–300 g/km
 

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