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Ford Transit Van Review

November 17th, 2022

The Ford Transit At A Glance

For those with even a fleeting interest in acquiring a van, the likelihood is that you will have heard of the Ford Transit. One of the most desirable and best-known established van models, these Ford tradesperson vehicles are excellent for a variety of purposes – and they just keep getting better. With new variations released periodically and additional features aplenty, the Ford Transit is one of the most adaptable and versatile models on the market, with the smaller Transit Custom just as multipurpose in application.

Coming in three body lengths, two roof heights and two wheelbase lengths, there are all manner of different options for varied business needs. Whether you plan on transporting a large amount of building materials, or simply need a road-ready yet spacious van, invest in quality with Ford Transit models from Van Sales UK.

Award-winning throughout the years, this model is used primarily as a cargo van, but continues to also be available in other configurations – including a large passenger van – one of the best selling of all time. Not to be confused with the equally popular Transit Courier and Transit Connect vans within the range, this updated classic is well-rounded and trusted by tradespeople nationwide. With in-cab features, safety solutions, a great payload and enviable fuel economy, all boxes are ticked when you opt for the household name of everyday van transport.

Originally noted for having a limited capacity and comparably poor maximum storage weight, numerous issues were addressed during a 2019 facelift, and maximum load has now been improved by as much as 80kg. Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available on all but the largest Ford Transit versions, for added flexibility. Read on to discover more on the unique specifications, important performance information and desirable in-cab details within this vehicle.

Engines and Spec

A powerful yet practical engine is undoubtedly one of the more important elements when selecting your work van, and increasingly there is a spotlight on efficiency and sustainability. Fuel is certainly not cheap at the moment, and we particularly liked the option for an electronic variant in the form of the E-Transit model. Fuel consumption of 43.5mpg for the smallest front-wheel drive models makes for inexpensive trips, with a desirable 13% fuel economy improvement over the old 2.2-litre engines fitted within this van.

All Transits now have an AdBlue tank to boot, which will last around 6,000 miles before a refill is needed – perfect for those who regularly undertake long journeys or travel from client to client. 2.0-litre EcoBlue engines have been fitted as standard within every Transit post-2017, complying handily with emission regulations. Specifications within the base L2H2 model include an exterior length of 5,531mm, exterior width of 2,474mm and maximum load length of 3,044mm, leaving plenty of space for bulky objects, masses of materials and assorted tools or utilities


Spending a large chunk of time within one space ensures additional comfort features are an absolute must, and there have been gradual improvements within the large cab of the Transit model. Easily adjusted to and just as easy to drive while seated comfortably, the preference options include a height-adjustable driver’s seat, while plenty of in-cab tech options are fantastic for passengers. The standard 4-inch central display screen that manages GPS and entertainment functions is perhaps on the smaller side by some standards, though the 8-inch touchscreen in Trend models and above is certainly worth shouting about.

Whether you’re leasing, purchasing brand new or acquiring a used van, a TFT display screen, DAB radio, bluetooth remote audio controls and electric windows should come as standard. The FordPass Connect application even gives you on-board Wi-Fi, live traffic info, vehicle status and remote locking options, which certainly aren’t essentials, but can make a huge difference to the driver or passenger experience.

If we’re being overly critical, there are more innovative tech features in other similarly priced vans, however the attention to safety features is commendable. Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist technology includes foolproof pedestrian detection, able to detect and warn the driver of an impending collision, preparing the braking system in advance. This can avoid accidents and offer crucial peace of mind to users, with additional safety assets worth every penny.

Storage & Payload

Payload issues were addressed during a recent update to the Transit, and resultantly the previous maximum load has been improved by as much as 80kg. Payload hasn’t traditionally been a particularly strong area for the Ford Transit, however these changes have made the Ford a real competitor in this area too. The maximum payload for a 2.0-litre Ford Transit is now up to 2,209kg, establishing it as a fantastic vehicle for tradespeople everywhere. Looking for a van to hold large metal beams, wooden furniture or smaller industrial machinery? We think the Ford Transit could be a desirable choice.

Some rivals still offer a higher payload, though they may be lacking in other departments, with the Ford favoured for driveability, added extras and all-round comfort. All versions come fitted with load lashing points, while optional additions should be considered for practicality. These can include internal and external roof racks, roof base carriers, access ladders and a variety of interior load restraint systems. Load space dividers, cargo nets and retention packs with side lashing rails are all fantastic, so give us a call if you want to enquire about the options within your new Van Sales UK Transit.

Pros & Cons


  • Spacious with large payload
  • Regular updates and additional features for this model
  • Cushy interior for driver and passenger alike


  • Not the techiest, with a smaller touch screen
  • Bulkiness makes it somewhat wide and long
  • Not the most environmentally friendly (Though a popular electric model is available)

The Verdict

In a competitive area for van sales, the Ford Transit succeeds where other brands have failed, continuing to lead the way for tradesperson vehicles which tick all boxes. Storage capacity is improved, driver comfort remains a plus, while fuel efficiency and sustainability are given adequate attention. You could do much worse than add to a fleet of vans with the latest Ford van offering, while Van Sales UK would be delighted to assist you with your one-off purchase – timely delivery included.

To discover all the Ford Transit has to offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at a convenient time for you. Call us now on 0117 428 7721 or send an email to


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