Ford Transit Van Review (2024)

Written by Steve Cook

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The Ford Transit has been powering small businesses, self-employed tradespeople and courier delivery drivers for decades.

In fact, here in the UK it’s still one of our most popular panel vans.

Following a few facelifts, and the introduction of the 100% electric E-Transit, the Ford Transit remains a standout model in the business van segment.

In this review, we take a close look at the latest generation Transit, highlighting its performance, practicality, running costs and its range of new features.

Ford transit 2024

Image taken from the Ford Transit product page

At a glance — pros and cons


  • Easy and comfortable to drive, with powerful Euro 6 engines.
  • Latest model features a smart 8” semi-digital instrument cluster.
  • Exceptional fully electric van available.
  • Represents good value based on purchase and ongoing running costs.
  • Impressive 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic gearboxes available.


  • Some reliability concerns with Euro 6 engines.
  • Facelift models appear to be noisier.
  • Some competitors offer higher payload capacities.
  • Early low-power engines feel underwhelming.

Driving experience

The new Ford Transit offers a smooth, seamless driving experience, powered by its efficient Euro 6 engine and an upgraded gearbox. The option of a new 10-speed automatic gearbox for rear-wheel-drive models further enhances the on-road experience, making heavy-duty models a joy to drive while maintaining decent fuel economy.

The Transit Trail version, introduced in 2020, boasts rugged new looks and even greater capability on the road. The new mechanical limited-slip differential for front-wheel-drive models, plus the choice of an all-wheel-drive option, adds a reassuring amount of traction in wet or icy conditions.

And, if you’re in the market for a fully electric model, the impressive new E-Transit delivers outstanding performance and efficiency.

Interior and technology

Inside, the Ford Transit has received significant updates, including a more car-like interior filled with modern tech and the option of a 12” touchscreen digital display.

The addition of the FordPass Connect on-board modem (as standard across all models) boosts connectivity and offers enhanced security through a new Guard Mode.

The new Transit's cabin combines comfort with practicality, featuring plenty of storage, solid build quality, and advanced tech features.


This is where the Ford Transit really shines. The new Transit comes with up to 15.1 cubic metres of load space, and up to 4,256 mm of load length, offering greater payload capacity than ever before.

The versatile range of configurations, including different body lengths, roof heights, and specialised models like crew vans and chassis cabs, caters to a wide range of commercial jobs.

An optional digital Upfit Integration System allows you to control third party auxiliary items via the touchscreen, and a new Delivery Assist feature gives you the option to save even more time while boosting security.

The new cargo area is designed for maximum efficiency, including an increased payload capacity and lower loading height than previous models.

Costs and value

With technology upgrades aimed at boosting fuel economy and the promise of reduced servicing costs, the Ford Transit represents a value-packed option in the large van market.

The introduction of the electric E-Transit, in particular, sets a new standard for efficiency and operational cost savings. This only adds to the Transit's appeal to businesses looking for a reliable, versatile and cost-effective van.


Like any commercial vehicle, when insuring a Ford Transit it's important to know the van insurance group it falls into. That’s because it can significantly affect the cost of your insurance.

Van insurance groups range from 21–50, or from 1–20 if your van was registered before 2016. Things like your van's size, engine capacity, repair costs and safety features determine which insurance group it falls into.

Generally speaking, the higher the insurance group, the higher the insurance costs.

Newer vans with more advanced technology are placed in higher groups, mostly due to their higher purchase and repair costs. That said, if your van is fitted with enhanced security features, it can help to lower your insurance costs a little.

By understanding insurance groups, and the different factors that affect them, you can help to control your van insurance costs.

Check out our guide to Ford van insurance groups here.

Our verdict

The Ford Transit continues to hold its ground in the large van market. Blending practicality, efficiency and innovation — with the addition of the E-Transit and various enhancements across the model range — the Ford Transit remains an exceptional pick for businesses in need of a dependable and versatile van.

Whether you're hauling heavy loads between sites, or simply looking for a smoother, more efficient ride, the Ford Transit meets the mark, proving itself to be a solid choice in a competitive field.

Frequently asked questions

Are Ford Transit vans reliable?

Ford Transit vans are generally reliable, and have a reputation for being powerful, dependable work vehicles. Of course, some Ford Transit drivers do encounter issues, especially with older Transit models, including transmission problems and fuel pump failures. However, with regular maintenance and careful driving, you can help to extend the lifespan of your van.

How long do Ford Transit engines last?

Most Ford Transit engines will last around 150,000–200,000 miles, before needing some sort of essential work or replacement. It all depends on how you operate and look after your van. Through proper care and regular maintenance, some owners have reported mileage of up to 300,000 miles or more.

Are Ford Transits good on fuel?

For a large commercial van, the new generation Ford Transit is considered to be quite fuel efficient. For example, the 2021 Ford Transit Connect cargo van offers an estimated mpg of 24 city/27 hwy/25 combined.

Which Ford Transit engine is best?

The 2.0L Duratec HE engine is known for its reliability and fuel efficiency, making it one of the best choices for Ford Transit Connect models.

What are common problems with a Ford Transit?

Common issues in some of the older models of Ford Transit include transmission failure, electrical issues, suspension issues and faulty brakes. There have also been reports online of difficulties with the rear door. However, these issues are much less common in newer Ford Transit models.

How many miles can a Transit van do on a full tank?

This depends on the size, weight and model of Ford Transit. Some of the more fuel-efficient Ford Transit Connects can achieve around 300 miles or more on a full tank, however this will vary based on driving, load weight and usage.

Which is more reliable: Ford Transit or Mercedes Sprinter?

Both the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter are known for their reliability. The Transit offers good fuel efficiency and lower repair costs, while the Sprinter is celebrated for its durability, build quality and high mileage capabilities. Before choosing which one is right for you, try to think about your specific driving needs and preferences.