Van Leasing Review :

The Ford Transit

Today Ryan tests out the new Euro5 compliant Ford Transit range and gives us his verdict

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It’s no secret that the Ford Transit has long been a market leader and a strong favourite amongst UK van drivers. In an attempt to keep its position at the top of the van tree, Ford has improved things further with the launch of the new Euro5 range, which complies with stricter EU emissions regulations. Today we want to find out how the new range has been improved, how it stacks up against some pretty fierce competition and answer that all-important question: could a new Transit be the perfect van lease for your business?

As with all Transit ranges before it, this new range comes in an almost unbelievable number of configurations catering for pretty much any length, roof-height, engine and extra options package you can dream up. Today we’re testing the Low-roof 100bhp T280 Econetic model. Here goes:

Size Matters

The Transit is unbeatable when it comes to flexibility and if you can’t find a roof-height, length and wheel base configuration to suit what you need then you’re pretty much stuck! Our model has a maximum load length of 2582mm, load width of 1762mm, load height of 1430mm and has a payload of 1077kg. Importantly, access to the load is a breeze with both a side sliding door and twin rear doors. In our model there was even two interior lights, which was a nice touch and definitely made life easier with a full load in the back. Drivers will be happy to know that the cargo bay has eight tie-down points, lashing rails and a full steel bulkhead so you can rest assured that your load is going to stay where it should. 

Creature Comforts

I think it’s fair to say that you don’t find the same luxury and refined feel in the cab of a Transit as you find inside a Mercedes Sprinter or VW Transporter but this is reflected in the price. What the Transit lacks in the luxury department though it more than makes up for in robustness, which is extremely important if you’re looking for a work horse that will stand the rigours of day-to-day commercial work. 

There’s loads of storage space inside the cab with more cup-holders, bottle-holders, glove compartments, document shelves and flip-down trays than you can shake a stick at. There’s space in the front for 2 passengers, which is fine for darting about but may be a bit of a squeeze on longer journeys. Seating is comfortable and the driver’s seat can be adjusted for height. One of the best things about the Transit is the driving position, which is both comfortable and gives great visibility. 

Electric windows and a radio/CD with steering mounted controls come as standard and the model we tested also comes with cruise control and voice activated Bluetooth capability, which are both really beneficial additions. 

On the Road

Our model has a 100bhp, 4 cylinder, 16V, 2.2 Litre diesel engine and comes with the ‘Econetic’ badge, which produces some pretty impressive emissions ratings (178g/km falling to 173g/km when restricted to 62mph). 

The Transit performs brilliantly and you’ll struggle to find a van on the market today that offers the same great handling and responsive steering. The biggest improvement in the new range is definitely the engine noise, which has been reduced greatly and makes a huge difference; providing a much smoother driving experience. The engine performs well with plenty of power and torque. The only thing we would recommend is going up to the 125bhp engine if you’re planning on carrying close-to-maximum loads on a constant basis.

The Verdict

There’s no doubt that Ford have upped their game again with the new Euro5 compliant range. It drives brilliantly, is smoother, quieter and more environmentally friendly than it predecessor. Ok so it doesn’t have quite the same luxury feel in the cab as some of it’s more expensive competitors but that’s to be expected. If you’re carrying heavier loads then best go for the 125bhp engine configuration. Overall this is a great van leasing deal.

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