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Ford Transit Review 2019: Say hello to Ford's BIGGEST van!
The Ford Transit is king when it comes to Ford's range of vans, for the obvious reason – it's the largest. But, here's an interesting fact – if you hadn't noticed, all of Ford's light commercial vehicles inherit 'Transit' in their vehicle titles. Let's introduce you to a handful of members from the Ford Transit range- The small but spacious Ford Transit Connect, the must-have medium Ford Transit Custom, the compact Ford Transit Courier and more.
Let's throw another fact your way – Transit is often used to describe any large van, even if isn't armed with the Ford badge.
And now for a history lesson…
The Transit was first released in 1965 and frankly, looked more like a campervan and not an LCV. Since then, the Transit has had several makeovers and let's just say the current gen looks more visually pleasing. Previous designs didn't complement this vans figure, but even when it didn't look its best it was still a favourite.
And it's still VERY popular today. The current-gen Ford Transit currently ranks as the 2nd best-selling van in the UK. In June this year, the UK sold 3,407 Ford Transit's. Let's say we sold the same amount each month for the rest of the year… (short pause for a bit of mental maths) a whopping 20442 Transit's would be traded!
The new Ford Transit is available as a single or double cab and you'll also have the option of 3 load lengths (L2, L3 and L4) and 2 roof heights (H2, H3). And all Transit's have a 2-litre EcoBlue engine.
Here's everything you need to know about the L4H3 Ford Transit…
Size Matters: It's Gigantic!
First thoughts? Erm it's HUGE! I know we made a point of the
Citroen Relay being a VERY large van, but the Transit is definitely bigger.
Apart from the sheer size of this van, you'll also be drawn to the enormous grille and enlarged Ford badge. Both take centre stage when you take your first glimpse. So, let's talk more about the grille, well it's big, there's no denying that and it certainly gives the grille on the Relay a run for its money. You're probably drawn to this feature first due to its striking design – the grille is sectioned into 3 partitions edged in silver. And the Ford badge? Well it's the one you know and love, it's just larger.
Next up is the handy step located just below the grille. Random I know, but it does have its uses, here's a list of what it could be used for…
To clean your windscreen or bonnet.
Erm… that's about it really?
Okay, so it's not really necessary, but it's there and if you find any other uses for it let us know.
Seeing as we talk about the headlights in every other review, lets not leave this one out. On previous transit designs (1965-2000) the headlights were very boxy, but now the headlights are sleeker and sharper in their design. I can't be the only one who thinks the new design resembles an application of eyeliner? See the sharp flick at the ends of each headlight cluster?
Moving on… here's the last feature on the front. The wing mirrors – not very exciting I know but we're giving them a shout out because of their clever design. First of all, the indicators are built in, as standard so you'll have that extra piece of mind you'll be seen. Oh, and the wingmirrors are split in half, so you can see even more of the road behind you. Thanks Ford.
Storage and Practicality
Now let's check out the cabin.
Up first is the amount of storage you'll find in this van, there's LOADS of it. You'll find lots of cupholders, in fact this van holds the title for having the most when lined up against other vans of its size. You'll also get storage here too:
Stowage located under the passenger's seat. Simply lift the seat up and BOOM, more storage space. Oh, and while you're here, if you pull down the passenger's seat there's a fold out table, which you can use to store paperwork or an iPad or laptop.
Storage pockets set into the side of each door.
Look behind the steering wheel and there's even MORE room. Lift up the lid and there's space for anything that's about the size of an A4 piece of paper.
Got a bit of spare change? No problem, pop it in the smallest storage bin next to the steering wheel.
And if this isn't enough, you'll find space on the top and bottom of the dashboard on the passenger's side, including a lockable glovebox. There are overhead storage compartments too.
Like we said, there's so much storage!
What about the rest of the cabin? Take a first look and you'll judge the infotainment system as basic, which it is, but it gets the job done. It looks very dated and it doesn't have an infotainment screen, all it has is a tiny display that's illuminated in a very bright blue colour and a few buttons. But, before you turn your nose up, amazingly the infotainment system (Base level) includes Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity which means you'll get hands free as standard.
You know what they say – don't judge a book by its cover because looks can be very deceiving…
If you fancy opting for the let's say 'better' trim (Trend), you'll get a few more features; cruise control with speed limiter and a few more buttons on the steering wheel. But both trim levels prove that comfort is king – they both include an 8-way adjustable driver's seat.
Load Space: Loads Of Room In The Back
Our tried and tested L4H3 model is the largest Ford Transit you can get. You know what they say… bigger the better… when it comes to the loading bay! (obviously).
The Ford Transit is available in 3 lengths – L2, L3 and L4. And, you'll get to choose from 2 roof heights – H2 and H3. You also get a choice of a single cab or double cab. What will you pick?
Our reviewed model has a max payload of 1,100kg, pretty impressive, but most people opt for the L3 H3 variant because it can carry even heavier load volumes. Plus you'll get 2m of height, 4m in length and just under 1.8m (1.4m between wheel arches) of width in the loading bay. If you're wondering how many euro pallets you can fit in the back, 5 is the magic number!
How It Drives: Let's Go For A Spin
Ready, set, GO! Let's take this van for a drive- we did, and it did not disappoint.
This 2.0-litre, 6-speed, manual, EcoBlue 130PS diesel engine was raring to go when we got it on the road.
Not tickling your fancy? You'll also get the choice of 2 more engine variants: 105PS and 170PS. And if you don't want the manual model, go for the automatic.
Now let's talk about what it's like to drive.
Let's start with the massive windscreen. When you're driving this van, you can see absolutely everything with maximum driver visibility.
What about headroom? I don't think you can get a van with a roomier cabin than this one. Take a seat behind the wheel and you'll feel how spacious it is.
Wondering how it handles the road? This van is HUGE, but when you're in the driving seat it feels very light on its feet.
Let's wrap this up. It's no surprise that the Ford Transit is an all-time favourite. It's stayed firmly in top place when it comes to large vans, it just won't budge (sorry to the large van latter). Not only is it extremely economical, it looks great and there's LOADS of room in the back. You need to consider this large van.
Below are our customer reviews for the Ford Transit. Want to have your say? Leave a review for the Ford Transit now.
Lynn Hester Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Only had it 2 weeks - ok at the moment
Paul Morris Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Can't fault the service from Vanarama.
Good vehicle and strong workhorse
Paul Malyon Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
A very smart van. Extremely comfortable and a pleasure to drive.
Tim Keyte Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Great vehicle to replace our old Transit Tipper "Trigger" which lasted many years.
Adrian Axe Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Great vehicle for what I need
Ian Henderson Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Steve Curl Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Trevor Darlington Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
good so far but only been a week!
Theresa Pauline Coen Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
in the short time we have had our Transit its been the best so far compered to other vans we have owned.
Stephen Webb Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
It does what I need it to do.
Engin Aslan Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
It's perfect but I was disappointed that it didn't had sensors on the van
Nicky Petrou Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
You're seriously asking me to review the van I've had 3 days?
Matthew Charlton Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Great vehicle - perfect for our business needs
Kevin Oldroyd Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Jason Stafford Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
There is an issue with the rubber seal on the drivers side,the rubber doesn’t seal the door correctly. Also I was lead to believe I would be receiving £165 back into my bank and not the £33 I received?
Mark Nolan Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Ford best working truck on the road
Lee Hinson Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Jennen Kinchington Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
So far it’s great lovely to drive surprised with the features
David Taylor Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Matthew Lyttle Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Great van and great design for the user
Daniel Sygrove Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Love it. Initially I had decided on a Citroen van. So glad I went for the Ford Transit. Only slightly disappointed in lack of extras. Then again, Ford have always been a bit mean like that.
Steven Brien Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Very impressed so far
Joy Patrick Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Perfect vehicle for what we need it for, easy to drive and manoeuvre
Kyle Olley Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Over all great van!
Mark Briers Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
It’s really good to drive and looks fantastic now I’ve got my company name on it should have done it years ago
Steven Mcmillan Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Great vehicle, does exactly what we need.
John Dixon Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Good vehicle that suits our business needs.
Darren Fullard Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Cant complain. Perhaps a slightly larger diameter steering wheel.
Julie Knowles Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Darren Rust Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Great van. The only thing I don't like is the indicators on the mirrors as very vulnerable place to have them.
Darren Norman Whittaker Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Very Nice truck, would have liked the next one up from the basic cab.
Surinder Singh Ghattaure Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
I love the van, it drives like a car. The cab it's designed to give the driver great comfort, I love it. Over all, a lovely motor.
David Guthrie Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Kevin Stuart Mcgregor Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Lovely van, just what I wanted.
Ross Richardson Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Good all-round vehicle, does everything I want.
Lee Williams Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Pretty good all round, drives like a car, blue-tooth for phone works well and the seats are comfy. Could do with over mats as I'm in the building trade and can get a bit grubby at times, other than that very good.
Liam Phillips Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Smaller than expected, compact, easy to use.
Lisa Simpson Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
This van is much more comfortable to drive than the previous model and sounds so quiet although it doesn't seem to have as much power as our previous one. But as usual you can't go wrong with a trusty Ford Transit!!
James Martin Hale-Smith Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Van is lovely.
Vincent Buck Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
A great workhorse.
Keith Ward Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Good work horse and easy to drive.
Tom Pickering Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Best in class.
John King Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
I've had my transit just over a year now with no problems at all. It's reliable and does everything I need it to do, I would highly recommend this van.
Sam alchorn Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Nice van, steering's a bit creaky at the moment but that's what the warranty's for! I don't know if it's a common thing. Overall far superior than other vans we've had on our fleet. So far so good.... It's a transit , say no more!
Ian Jordan Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
The van is large enough to carry our machinery around and is very comfortable, the only thing I need to add is rear sensors. Very Satisfied.
Peter goddard Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
The new style of the van is much more pleasing to the eye as most of my clients comment on how nice it looks. It's also much quieter than the old one and more powerful, all in all a very good van.
Tony homewood Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
This van is the best van I have driven.
ANDREW MCGAUGHEY Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
I use this vehicle for delivering goods, I've had it for 5 months, the media package is brilliant as is the space in the loading area. As for handling, the gearbox can temperamental, the seat doesn't go very high and the steering lock is terrible. Good storage space in the cab, I had a sprinter before this and if I could afford it I would have another one.
Paul Denholm Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Best choice, perfect for business, plenty of standing space and room for all my built in racking (designed not to be bolted to bodywork), professional service from Vanarama and their staff.
Keith Ward Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Use it for site services, we've had it 9 months now and it is very reliable. The van drives very well but the engine is not quite powerful enough when fully loaded. The trend has a lot of extras, which is nice. The running costs are not too bad, I would say average. The height is an advantage, very easy to get in and out with tools and our equipment.
Craig Farmer Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Michael Robert Stacey Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Always used the Ford Transit, it has never let me down so why change.
Sean Georgonikos Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Very nice to drive with great features & a larger space than the L2 H2 transit we owned previously.
Mark Cooper Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Brilliant van, could just do with center body tie on points, apart from that a great van!!! Well happy.
Stephen bailey Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Drives like a car and so quiet.
Nicholas Alleyne Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Steven Bowler Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Mark Atkinson Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Only had the van a week but it's a massive improvement over the old transit.
Andy wrate Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Excellent service as always.
Paul Winrow Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Seems a good van but we have only had it 2 weeks, maybe ask in 6 months.
Luke Ralph Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Perfect for what I need, looks very professional.
Jamie Hainsworth Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Very happy with the new transit it does what I need it to.
Renatas Daujotas Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Bit slow van. Not very stable in heavy wind, probably because of large size and low weight. But is only a van. Bit surprised that there is no mud protection above wheels, in winter time, salt on the road will damage metal protection coatings. But I don't think this van will last this long before it starts to rust.
Andrew Wood Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Excellent. Just like driving a car!
Gareth Dowsett Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Rear springs are very weak with just 2 leaf springs, 1/2 tonne and they bend the other way. Indicators in the wing mirrors, expensive if they are hit by another vehicle. More space inside for tools etc. No CD player, gutted really. Drives really well.
Terry Foster Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
William Martin Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Dean Mason Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Excellent tipper (although much bigger than previous models) seems to be perfect for what I need!
David Cook Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
I think it's really great to drive, just like driving a car. It's light years in difference to my previous transit, just a delight to use.
Nick Durling Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
wouldt i paid for the van, that floor matts and covers would have come as stantard
Mark Oliver Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
A little under powered to what I'm used to. Not as comfortable as the Citroen Relay truck.
Donald Macaulay Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
The new Transit is a nice looking practical van. Only thing to mention is that it is a bit bouncy at the front when driven.
Stephen Bailey Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Much improvement over the older version, from ride handling to comfort. It's just like driving a car. Phone integration works very well.
Andrew Mcgaughey Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
A very well equipped and stylish van. Smaller cab, but big in loading area.
Stephen Schmid Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Very pleased, superb new interior, love new toolbox under seat, good radio and reliable Bluetooth, handles well, good at top end, only concern is rattling noise coming from under driver's seat upon acceleration especially when engine cold.
Terrence Banks Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Great vehicle, great drive. Great value.
Daniel Christopher Haughey Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Excellent van. Does the job well.
Dennis Sharp Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
It is a good product, except for the fact it developed an electrical fault after only five days of use (not your fault). Ford took ten days to correct this.
Jamie Robbins Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Very pleased with the van. Really nice to drive and ticks all the boxes for my work requirements.
Michael Rickwood Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Very nice and dry. Happy with the vehicle.
Adrian Axe Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
So far so good, but only had the vehicle a day!
Graham Joseph Cronin Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
What an improvement on the old style transit
Adrian Pike Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Seems great, only had it a couple of days though.
Daniel Chadwick Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Perfect van for my job.
Sam Orton Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Christopher Fox Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
A great improvement on the previous model.
Michael Ward Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
I really love this van. The only downside is the fuel consumption, which from a full tank I thought would be about 420 miles. In fact I'm only getting around 330 miles, which for a new van I think is really poor.
Kevin Allen Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Mint, people were coming over after 2 hours and asking about it and where I got it.
Alex Mcnellan Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Nice van for our company, thanks.
Ian Parkinson Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Kenny Lamond Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
John Sankey Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Only had a day but so far great
David Wynne Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd
Riley Smith Ford Transit 350 L3 Diesel Rwd