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Ford Transit

The independent definitive Ford Transit video review
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    TURKISH DELIGHT (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

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

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 69

    The sixth-generation Ford Transit has proved to be a big step forward, but Ford has continued its efforts to try and improve it, primarily with the addition of more efficient EcoBlue diesel engine technology. There's also extra safety provision and the option of a slicker 6-speed automatic gearbox. All of which builds on this Turkish-built model's existing virtues of space, durability and driving enjoyment. It looks a strong package.

    Backgroundword count: 178

    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 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.

    Driving Experienceword count: 222

    Under the bonnet, the big news is the replacement of the old 2.2 TDCi diesel this LCV was supplied with at launch with a new generation 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine. It's offered in 105PS, 130PS and 170PS 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. There's also now the option of a smoother, more efficient automatic gearbox, a 6-speed SelectShift auto transmission. 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

    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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