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Ford Transit [two-tonne]

The independent definitive Ford Transit [two-tonne] video review
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    TURKISH DELIGHT (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The Ford Transit two-tonne large van has evolved. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what you can expect from the brand's biggest van in terms of this improved sixth-generation model.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 54

    The sixth-generation Ford Transit two-tonne large van has proved to be a big step forward, but Ford has continued its efforts to try and improve this Turkish-built model. Payloads are up, there's a fresh EcoBlue Hybrid mild diesel engine, there's extra media connectivity and a fresh 10-speed auto transmission. It looks a strong package.

    Backgroundword count: 220

    If the Ford Transit was a watch, you know it would be a Timex. That old strapline 'Takes a Licking But Keeps on Ticking' is just as appropriate to Ford's hardy perennial, a vehicle that has carved itself a massive share of the UK commercial vehicle market. This sixth generation version has been well received around the world as a global product - it's even sold in the US. Perhaps its one weakness though, lay with the relatively inefficient 2.2-litre diesel engines provided beneath the bonnet. No longer. New EcoBlue diesel technology (which can now even be had in 48-volt mild hybrid form) gets Ford back on the pace when it comes to efficiency returns in the large van segment - and not before time. This design is the biggest version of the Transit breed, there to cover off large van rivals like Mercedes' Sprinter and the Renault Master. The Blue Oval brand these days has a separate smaller Transit Custom model to cover off Vivaro, Trafic and Transporter competitors in the medium-shaped van sector - a product we'll deal with separately. Here though, we'll super-size our Transit testing. More than 4,600 upgraded components alongside advanced powertrain and driver assistance technologies contribute to a two-tonne Transit that can carry more, uses less fuel and is easier to drive and operate.

    Driving Experienceword count: 243

    Under the bonnet, the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine is offered in 105PS, 130PS, 170PS and 185PS power ratings, each of which offers increased power and torque compared to before. Improved low-end pulling power - with 20 per cent more torque at 1,250rpm - delivers more flexible and responsive performance in everyday driving. EcoBlue Hybrid 48-volt mild-hybrid diesel powertrain technology is now offered as an additional option for front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive Transit models. in addition to the six-speed automatic gearbox already available on front-wheel drive models, rear-wheel drive Transits are now available with a new 10-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Scheduling, which can assess individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings. As it was previously, the Transit is available in front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions and as ever, this Ford has been engineered to keep coming back after the worst abuse imaginable. Its body construction features high-strength and ultra-high-strength boron steels and in development, has covered the equivalent of nearly 3.4 million miles in testing in Europe and North America, with more than 250,000 miles of that total covered by actual Transit customers. Safety tests have been undertaken to ensure the van would behave in a safe and predictable manner when subjected to the worst kinds of impacts experienced in real-world use, one test involving striking a 150mm kerb at 30mph. Ford didn't say how much damage the inevitable Pot Noodle in the cup holder did to the vehicle's interior.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    Boot capacity min (litres):

    10

    11

    CO2 (g/km):

    189

    210

    Height (mm):

    2394

    2729

    Length (mm):

    5230

    5680

    Power (PS):

    100

    128

    Torque lb ft:

    166

    284

    ... and 2 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Vans

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    80%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    70%
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