Ford Transit (2014–)

Last updated 7 October 2019

Ford has worked hard to improve refinement in the new Transit and it is certainly much quieter than its predecessor, particularly in terms of engine and road noise. Like the smaller Transit Custom it's quiet on the move and the ride is very impressive indeed, coping well over potholes and speed bumps whether the van is empty or fully laden. You don't get any vibration from the diesel engine in the cab and reassuringly there are no rattles when you're on poor road surfaces.

This Transit is based on a new platform which is considerably stiffer and it shows in the handling. It's surprisingly nimble for a large van and even the long wheelbase models feel agile. The steering is responsive so that it's easy to quickly manouevre into a tight parallel parking space, helped by a tight turning circle, while on twistier roads it gives you plenty of confidence with good front end grip and predictable handling. There's not excessive lean in corners while the brakes have plenty of feel through the pedal.

But it's on the motorway where the new Transit really impresses. At around 70mph it's hushed and relaxed with the TDCi engine barely breaking a sweat. It's easily as good as the latest Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter, vans which have traditionally been more premium. For long distance work it's the perfect choice and you can happily leave it in sixth gear to make effortless progress.

There's one engine in the Transit - the strong 2.2 TDCi - and it comes in three versions of 100PS, 125PS or 155PS. A positive shifting six-speed manual is standard on all models and front-wheel, rear-wheel and even all-wheel are available, although the latter is only available with the 125PS engine and in limited bodystyles.

The more powerful 155PS engine has more torque with 385Nm and it's a good choice if you're going to be covering long distances with heavy loads or trailers. But for lighter work you'll be hard pressed to notice the difference between the two. If it's outright economy you're after there's the Econetic version which now extends to six different models. It has a specially calibrated version of the 125PS TDCi engine and comes with start/stop. When fitted with a 62mph speed limiter it improves fuel economy to 44.1mpg with CO2 of 169g/km.

In 2017 Ford replaced the 2.2-litre unit with the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine. Power outputs increased to 105PS, 130PS and 170PS, while a six-speed automatic gearbox was also added to the range. Claimed fuel economy for the new engines vary from 37.2mpg to 42.8mpg. Emissions is 182g/km for all versions.  

All Transit models come with ESP as standard which includes a new curve control system designed to slow the van down safely if it goes into a bend, such as a motorway exit slip, too quickly. Alongside that are load adaptive control, hill start assist and trailer sway control. Trend models also come with front and rear parking sensors and there's a clever reversing camera that displays in the rearview mirror, available as an option.

Engine Fuel tank MPG CO2
2.2 TDCi 100 80 L 35 mpg 210 g/km
2.2 TDCi 100 5 80 L 34–38 mpg 197–218 g/km
2.2 TDCi 125 80 L 29–39 mpg 194–255 g/km
2.2 TDCi 125 5 80 L 29–44 mpg 177–255 g/km
2.2 TDCi 125 6 80 L 37–38 mpg 196–202 g/km
2.2 TDCi 125 ECOnetic 5 80 L 41–42 mpg 177–179 g/km
2.2 TDCi 155 80 L 29–38 mpg 196–255 g/km
2.2 TDCi 155 5 80 L 29–38 mpg 196–255 g/km
2.2 TDCi 155 6 80 L 35–38 mpg 196–215 g/km
2.2TDCi 100 5 80 L 34–38 mpg 197–218 g/km
2.2TDCi 125 5 80 L 29–39 mpg 197–255 g/km
2.2TDCi 155 5 80 L 29–38 mpg 197–255 g/km
2.2TDCi 155 6 80 L 35–37 mpg 1–215 g/km
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