Ford Transit (2014–)

Last updated 21 July 2019

More refined and better to drive than many of its rivals, impressive interior quality, powered by excellent range of diesel engines.
Other vans offer more overall loadspace, 2.0 EcoBlue engine needs frequent AdBlue changes.
Updated 18 September 2018
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Backbone of Britain. That was the previous Transit's claim to fame and one that was very true. It's nigh on impossible to complete any journey without seeing a Transit van and it continues to prove by far the most popular van choice - in fact it's Ford's third best selling model in the UK after the Fiesta and Focus.

So a new model is always going to make big waves. And this new Transit does just that. For starters Ford has split the range so that the smaller one-tonne model is now called Transit Custom with the traditional Transit name reserved for the larger two-tonne models. Compared to its predecessor this Transit is now far more refined and comfortable, plus it's better to drive helped by a new stiffer platform.

The interior is a huge step forward with a car-like layout and impressive comfort. The quality has markedly improved and it's now good enough to match the likes of the latest Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. It's functional too with good storage and plenty of space for both driver and passengers.

Power comes from a 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine with three outputs, 100PS, 125PS and 155PS, all linked to a positive shifting six-speed transmission as standard. Front, rear and all-wheel drive variants are available. The engine is powerful with plenty of torque yet it's impressively refined with little noise while better sound insulation makes the Transit very quiet on the motorway. Economy is better too with the best Econetic models averaging a claimed 44.1mpg.

In 2017 Ford replaced the 2.2 TDCi with the EcoBlue diesel engine and added a six-speed automatic gearbox to the range for the first time. Power outputs were also increased to 105PS, 130PS and 170PS. 

There are a huge number of model variants - 450 in total - with three different lengths and two different roof heights. The side load doors are now wider while more vertical body sides make the load area more usable plus all panel vans come with an integrated high-grip rear bumper step too. The biggest Transit Jumbo can carry a maximum of 15.1m3 although rivals like the Volkswagen Crafter can carry more. Alongside the panel van there are double cab-in-van version, chassis cabs and the minibus range.

Ford has succeeded in improving the Transit in all the key areas making it an even better van. Yet its not lost touch with the key features that have made its predecessors so popular. It's still practical, functional and robust but now has impressive refinement and a higher quality feel.

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