Ford Transit 350 L2 H3 125 Review | Van Locator UK

Ford Transit 350 L2 H3

Ford Transit 350 L2 H3

The Ford Transit has long been the mainstay of the LCV market. An old ad campaign used to call it the 'backbone of Britain', and when it comes to vans they are probably not far wrong. New Transits have appeared on a regular basis, with each seeming to find a way to improve on existing models. More recently, however, Ford has taken the bold move of splitting the Transit range into two model families. The smaller of these is the Transit Custom, which was launched in 2013. These vans have garnered many plaudits already. The industry was holding its breath for the bigger Transit, and Ford has not disappointed. Ford has been watching carefully the success of the Transit in the UK, and it is now keen to repeat that success globally.

That is why the larger Transit will now be sold across the globe for the very first time, making its debut in more than 100 markets. The range will consist of an incredible number of variants, reported to be no fewer than 450, as Ford aims to ensure that there is a Transit for every single operator. Prices start at a touch over £20,000, and the vans come in a range of weights from 2.9 to 4.7 tonnes. The vans will also be available with front-, rear- or four-wheel drive. Ford's 2.2 turbo diesel engine is offered in a choice of 100hp, 125hp and 155hp outputs. Operators can also specify a Euro 6 compliant HDT6 engine, but this also requires the addition of AdBlue.

Econetic models will come with the now familiar speed limiter and stop-start technologies, and these see fuel economy increase over the old model to around 44mpg. The Transit 350 L2 H3 125 comes with a choice of two roof heights and three lengths, and load spaces range from 9.5 up to 15.1 cubic metres. There is also a wide range of factory body types, including box vans, chassis cabs, mini-buses and Lutons. Trim levels offer a choice between Base and Trend, with both offering electronic stability control. Those who opt for the Trend trim will get cruise control, leather trim on the steering wheel, fog lamps, heated windscreen and Ford's emergency assistance Sync system.

The Transit 350 L2 H3 125 has 11% more usable load space than the model it replaces. It also has bigger sliding doors, making it easier to load the van with a forklift. Ford has also looked carefully at running costs, and the service interval on the Transit is now 30,000 miles or two years. Total time spent in the garage over 90,000 miles has also been reduced to 4.2 hours from 5.4 hours.

Climb on board and the status of the Transit 350 L2 H3 125 as a completely new model is immediately clear. The cab is totally new and is both practical and stylish. There is great storage in an overhead shelf and also in a bin located under the far passenger seat. A handy desk also folds down from the back of the passenger seat to turn the cab into a mobile office. Drivers will also love the car-like handling, which makes the Transit 350 L2 H3 125 an absolute pleasure to drive.

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