Ford Transit is the leader on the passenger van market in the US, and for a reason. This van can be called the King of Versatility.
Transit Passenger Wagon
is available in three roof configurations
; standard roof, medium roof and high roof. There are also three wheelbase variations
; standard wheelbase, long and extended wheelbase length.
There are two trim levels as well, XL
. Now you get why Transit is so popular. Along with cargo-style side doors, there are 60/40 sliding side doors as well.
Depending on the roof and wheelbase configuration, Transit has six exterior lengths.
Regular with Low Roof: 219.9 inches
Regular with Medium Roof: 217.8 inches
Long with Low Roof: 237.6 inches
Long with Medium Roof: 235.5 inches
Long with High Roof: 235.5 inches
Extended with High Roof: 263.9 inches
Extended wheelbase models can carry up to 15 passengers. This capacity is decent even for a minibus.
Engines and Transmission
Ford offers three engines for Transit Passenger Wagon. Two petrol engines and one diesel with turbo charger. Gas engines have the 3.5L and 3.7L capacity. Turbo diesel has a capacity of 3.2L. All engines use 6-speed automatic transmission. All three engines are state-of-the-art products developed by Ford.
Payload and Towing Capacity
Payload and towing capacity depend on the engine, wheelbase and roof height. But the engine will play the most important role both for hauling and towing a trailer with passenger’s bags.
Transit with a low roof, standard wheelbase, equipped with the 3.7L engine has a payload capacity of 2,900lbs
and towing capacity of 4,600lbs
. On the other side, Transit with a high roof, extended wheelbase, and 3.5L EcoBoost engine can tow 3,800lbs and has a payload capacity of 3,480lb.
Ford transit is designed in Europe. It is considered the best-looking van by most automotive journalists. We share this opinion. There are nine colors available. Six metallic colors add $150 on the base price. Tinted side windows come as standard.
Package for ten-passenger rear seating adds $1,195 on the base price. 10-Passenger seating is optional on Transit XL and XLT with regular wheelbase.
Interior has a futuristic design, it is not so formal and “sterile” like the one in Mercedes Sprinter or Dodge ProMaster. The dashboard is well designed; used materials are quite good. Seats are heated, powered windows and locks come as standard. Central console has a small but handy LCD that shows important info like fuel economy, trip and overall mileage, radio station, etc.
The steering wheel has all the buttons necessary to change the radio station, change track on the CD player, or connect with a smartphone. It would be better if the display had a larger diagonal though.
For connection with phones, Transit Passenger Wagon
uses USB and AUX for wired connection and Bluetooth for wireless connection.
The driving position is outstanding and Transit is very intuitive and easy to drive. It handles very well, almost like a big car. It is stable in every situation and has so much grip. Even though it can carry 10 passengers (in some configuration even more) it is very stable. Traction control, ESP and ABS work as they should and the driver has full control over the vehicle even if driven over the speed limit.
Who To Choose Transit Passenger Wagon?
Due to its versatility, Ford Transit is a perfect fleet vehicle for airports, luxurious van rental agencies, bands on tour, but also for small businesses who want to transport their workers and tow their tools with ease and confidence.
The main benefit is balanced price and maintenance cost, and that is something that Mercedes-Benz is still not capable of offering.