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Ford Transit buying guide

What engines are in a Ford Transit?

The whole Ford Transit lineup has now moved to the company’s latest 2.0-litre diesel engine. This unit is quieter and more efficient than the 2.2-litre diesel in older Transit models, saving both money and your eardrums.

You get a choice of power outputs, with entry-level models using a 105hp version. You have the option to step up to 130 or 170hp units, which feel more relaxed at motorway speeds. The 170hp version can also be equipped with a mild-hybrid setup to improve fuel economy. Elsewhere, you’ll find a 185hp engine at the top of the range if you’d like stronger performance when you floor it, or a 130hp engine mated to an all-wheel-drive system for off-road jobs.

Is the Ford Transit available as an electric van?

Yes, if you need a zero-emissions load hauler, you have the option of the Ford E-Transit. This version comes either as a full panel van, a six-seater crew van, or as a chassis cab for aftermarket conversions.

Under the floor you’ll find a 68kWh battery pack, which gives the E-Transit a range of up to 196 miles on a full charge. If you can find a DC fast charger, the E-Transit can accept up to 115kW of power, letting you get from 15%-80% charge in 34 minutes. A typical 7kW EV charger at home or at work will take around eight hours to fully replenish the battery.

Can I get finance on a used Ford Transit with Motorpoint?

You certainly can! Motorpoint has flexible Hire Purchase (HP) finance options available for every van we sell, so you can spread the cost up to five years. Our team can give you a personalised quote – click to open our live chat or give us a call on 01332 227 227.

Ford Transit FAQs

Two-wheel-drive versions of the Transit are all impressively efficient for their size. Even the least efficient model can average as much as 39mpg if you drive with a light right foot. Adding the optional mild-hybrid system gives the best overall economy, with 170hp versions returning an average of 51mpg. All-wheel drive saps fuel economy, falling to around 30mpg on average.

Transit vans are made from modern materials with up-to-date building techniques, so should hold up well structurally in the event of a crash. Euro NCAP’s current commercial vehicle testing regime mainly looks at the van’s on-board safety technology and, in 2023, gave the Transit a gold award in this category, praising the effectiveness of its autonomous emergency braking and land-departure warning systems.

Transit vans are available in a large selection of sizes depending on the job required. Three different length options are offered including the 5.5-metre long L2, the 6.0-metre L3 and the 6.7-metre L4. Two different heights are offered – the 2.3-metre tall H2 and the 2.8-metre H3.

Looking at the internal load area on panel van versions, all Transits are 1.8 metres wide inside. Load area length ranges from 3.0 to 4.2 metres depending on the van version chosen, with height set at either 1.9 or 2.1 metres.

Transit vans have earned their reputation, in part, thanks to their dependability as a work vehicle. We expect most recent models to uphold this tradition well, with proven parts used across the Ford vehicle lineup, and durable cabin materials. No major problems are reported for the Transit, with buyers mainly advised to check the model they’re thinking of buying for damage it might’ve suffered in the line of duty – usually dents and scrapes inside and outside being the most common complaint. Wheel bearings have been known to wear out on high-mileage examples, but these are inexpensive to replace.

Whether van life for you means living the entirety of your life on the road, or just enjoying the remote outdoors from the comfort of your camper, the Transit makes a great choice. Panel vans are a solid base for van life conversions, with lots of readymade or DIY kits available to equip the inside as a living space. There are also official campervan conversions sold by Ford under the (excellently named) ‘Nugget’ brand.

Buyers only have the 2.0-litre diesel to choose from, so it’s a question of selecting the power output that’s the best choice for your needs. If you mainly drive around town or at lower speeds, the 105hp engine should be fine but, if you’re going to be travelling on the motorway more regularly, the 130 and 170hp engines make a better choice. The 185hp engine is effortlessly powerful but is really only worth stretching to for the sake of bragging rights.

At Motorpoint, we only sell nearly new vans that have covered less than 30,000 miles. This means we can be confident our customers will get thousands of trouble-free miles from their vans. Transits are work vans and are designed to keep going day-in-day-out for a long time – examples with well over 100,000 miles on the clock are still being used on the UK’s roads today, so you can be sure the Transit will keep going for miles without complaint.