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FORD TRANSIT 350 L3 DIESEL FWD

2.0 EcoBlue 130ps H3 Trend Van

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2.0 EcoBlue 130ps H3 Trend Van FORD TRANSIT 350 L3 DIESEL FWD
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Key Information

Transmission
Transmission Manual
Fuel Type
Fuel Type Diesel
Economy
Economy 41.50mpg
Emissions
Co2 179.00g/km
Stopwatch
0 - 62mph 0.00s
Engine Size
Engine Size 2.0litres

Data provided by CAP-HPI database - Ref# 44641

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Standard Equipment

Technical Data

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Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth
  • Curvature Control
  • Emergency brake warning
  • PAS
  • Selectable drive mode
  • Vehicle maintenance monitor
  • Warning lights

Entertainment

  • Audio controls mounted on steering wheel

Exterior Features

  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Heated windscreen
  • Power windows
  • Projector style headlights with static cornering lights
  • Rear bumper with integral step
  • Rear mudflaps
  • Silver front grille
  • Wide bodyside mouldings

Interior Features

  • Driver's armrest
  • Dual passenger seat tray and table
  • Lockable glove box
  • Radio with remote stalks
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column

Safety

  • Driver seatbelt reminder

Security

  • 2nd remote key
  • Remote central dead - locking

Technical

  • 2 x 12V power outlets
  • ABS + ESP + Hill start assist
  • Electronic dynamic cornering control
  • Side wind mitigation

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2
    179
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    236
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    211

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1996
  • Cooling System
    WATER
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No
  • EC Combined
    41.5
  • EC Extra Urban
    42.8
  • EC Urban
    39.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    40.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    130
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Clutch
    SINGLE DRY PLATE
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    EGR
  • Front Brakes
    DISCS
  • Front Suspension
    MACPHERSON STRUTS
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Hand Brake
    REAR WHEELS
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - LCV
    Gold
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    68
  • Rear Brakes
    DISCS
  • Rear Suspension
    LEAF SPRINGS
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    25000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Steering
    RACK AND PINION
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    120
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    150000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • 0 to 62
    Not Available
  • BHP
    130
  • Engine Power KW
    96
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    266
  • Engine Torque MKG
    36.7
  • Engine Torque NM
    360
  • Top Speed
    Not Available

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    1023
  • Height
    2767
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    5981
  • Load Deck Height
    590
  • Load Height
    2125
  • Load Length
    3494
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1392
  • Load Width
    1784
  • Rear Door Height
    1987
  • Rear Overhang
    1208
  • Side Load Door Height
    1700
  • Side Load Door Width
    1300
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    13.3
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    1565
  • Wheelbase
    3750
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    2059
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2474

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    70
  • Gross Train Weight
    5065
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3500
  • Load Space Volume
    13
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2170
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1330
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    2250
  • Plated Front Axle
    1750

FORD TRANSIT 2.0 EcoBlue 130ps H3 Trend Van

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    8
  • Comfort
    8
  • Space
    7
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    8
  • Value
    9
  • Equipment
    8
  • Economy
    8
  • Depreciation
    6
  • Insurance
    7

The Ford Transit two-tonne large van has evolved - there's even an electric version. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what you can now expect from the brand's biggest LCV.

Background

If the Ford Transit was a watch, you know it would be a Timex. That old strapline 'Takes a Licking But Keeps on Ticking' is just as appropriate to Ford's hardy perennial, a vehicle that has carved itself a massive share of the UK commercial vehicle market. This sixth generation version has been well received around the world as a global product - it's even sold in the US. Perhaps its one weakness from original though, lay with the relatively inefficient 2.2-litre diesel engines provided beneath the bonnet. No longer. Modern EcoBlue diesel technology (which can be had in 48-volt mild hybrid form) gets Ford back on the pace when it comes to efficiency returns in the large van segment - and not before time. Plus there's now a full EV option too. This design is the biggest version of the Transit breed, there to cover off large van rivals like Mercedes' Sprinter and the Renault Master. The Blue Oval brand these days has a separate smaller Transit Custom model to cover off Vivaro, Trafic and Transporter competitors in the medium-shaped van sector - a product we'll deal with separately. Here though, we look at the super-sized Transit, still a market leader.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine is offered in 105PS, 130PS, 170PS and 185PS power ratings. Alternatively, there's an E-Transit all-electric model, which uses a 68kWh battery that when fully charged, offers a driving range of up to 196 miles. It comes mated to a choice of two electric motor outputs - either 135 or 198kW. For the time being, most customers will continue to want the diesel unit, improved in recent years with greater low down torque and the option of EcoBlue Hybrid 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain technology for front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive Transit models. in addition to the six-speed automatic gearbox usually specified on front-wheel drive variants, rear-wheel drive Transits are available with a 10-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Scheduling, which can assess individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings. As it was previously, the Transit is available in front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions (plus there are also 'Trail' versions intended for rougher road use). Even in its standard forms, this Ford has been engineered to keep coming back after the worst abuse imaginable. Its body construction features high-strength and ultra-high-strength boron steels and in development, has covered the equivalent of nearly 3.4 million miles in testing in Europe and North America, with more than 250,000 miles of that total covered by actual Transit customers. Safety tests have been undertaken to ensure the van would behave in a safe and predictable manner when subjected to the worst kinds of impacts experienced in real-world use, one test involving striking a 150mm kerb at 30mph. Ford didn't say how much damage the inevitable Pot Noodle in the cup holder did to the vehicle's interior.

Design and Build

Bold, uncluttered and designed to be easy to clean, this Ford Transit's exterior features a tall, assertive three-bar grille and a smart lower front end, with front panels and bumper carefully profiled for optimum aerodynamics. High-series models feature powerful bi-xenon headlights and smarter LED daytime running lights with a distinctive Transit family signature. The cabin's been updated in recent times, primarily with the addition of Ford's latest SYNC4 central infotainment monitor, which is 12-inches in size and has twice the computing power of the previous SYNC 3 system. The instrument panel features lots of practical touches for drivers who use the cabin as a mobile office, including extensive stowage with three open-topped bins on the top of the dashboard. A device dock on lower series models enables drivers to mount both mobile phones and larger tablets. The hard-wearing seat fabrics have been subjected to Ford's toughest-ever abrasion tests, and comfort is further enhanced by smart seat designs featuring supportive foam padding and geometry for optimised support. Otherwise, it's as you were. The quality looks strong and there's been some budget devoted to actually making the dash look stylish rather than merely functional. The multi-adjustable steering wheel allows a decent driving position and the gear lever is located close at hand. There's a console that's loaded with buttons to control the various stereo and phone controls, helping you to take calls safely on the move. In fact, the biggest compliment you can pay is that it feels resolutely car-like.

Market and Model

The permutations of body styles are huge. As well as the normal van body, Ford will sell you a double cab-in-van, a Kombi, a chassis cab and a minibus. Overall, Transit customers continue to be able to select from a vast range of core variants, including front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivelines, plus a low-height Skeletal chassis. We'll stick with just the panel van body here to save getting too complex. Here, you get a choice of three different wheelbases; L2 (Medium), L3 (Long), and L4 (Long Extended). There are also two roof heights on offer; H2 (Medium Roof) and H3 (High Roof). Ford offers three different trim levels: Leader, Trend and Limited. Ex-vat pricing starts at just under £30,000. Across the range, extra camera safety kit is now available and the brand is also offering its latest FordPass Connect on-board modem technology so that the cab of this van can fully function as a mobile office. The Transit's relatively car-like driving character is enhanced with the introduction of EPAS technology that helps reduce driver fatigue by adding more assistance while parking and manoeuvring, and enables technologies including Active Park Assist and Lane-Keeping Aid. Transit drivers are also able to choose from Selectable Drive Modes to match driving performance to conditions: all drivetrains feature Normal and Eco Mode. In addition, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models benefit from Slippery Mode to aid traction on surfaces including ice and snow, and all-wheel drive variants feature Mud/Rut Mode. Rear-wheel drive models fitted with an automatic transmission offer Tow/Haul Mode for smooth power delivery when towing large trailers. Safety systems available include Active Park Assist, Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Reverse Brake Assist and 360-degree Camera technology.

Practicalities and Costs

In recent times, the two-tonne Transit model's payload has been improved by up to 80kg. A 7,000kg gross train mass enables up to 3,500kg of towing capability. When Ford designed the cargo bay of this MK6 model, it revised the side-wall angles to make them more upright and raised the roof slightly to maximise useful space. Plus the brand made sure that all versions of this van would be around 300mm longer to ensure for a load length that would suit all standard-length pipes, boards, rolls of carpet, and ladders. A wide, high-grip step is integrated into the rear bumper making it easy to step into the cargo area and more convenient when loading by-hand. Side wall-mounted tie-down points help keep the load floor clear and are both DIN and ISO compliant, as is the full steel bulkhead that's fitted as standard. When you've got this much load space, side doors are vital and because they're often used a lot, the whole mechanism is built to maximise ease of use and durability. A double action release handle makes for smooth opening and closing, a 'positive check' latch secures the door when open and a warning beep sounds if the side door isn't shut or locked correctly. On to cost of ownership, an area where this model's latest EcoBlue diesel engines really score. Ford claims that fuel efficiency has improved by 13% in comparison to the older 2.2-litre TDCi unit, and it talks of CO2 emissions starting from as little as 157g/km. This engine also delivers extended 2-year/37,000 mile service intervals. You'll do better still of course, if you opt for the version of this engine with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Your other option, as we mentioned in our 'Driving' section, is the all-electric 'E-Transit' which uses a 68kWh battery giving a driving range of up to 196 miles. That's assuming all the cells are fully charged, a process that can take as little as 34 minutes from a 115kW DC fast charger. An overnight full charge from a standard 230-volt AC supply takes just over eight hours.

Summary

In years gone by, the Transit in its largest sizes often relied heavily on its market positioning to maintain its Number One position amongst UK businesses. That's no longer valid - and Ford has long known it. Hence the effort that was put into improving this sixth generation two-tonne version, with a programme of improvements now completed by the addition of the all-electric E-Transit variants included within this revised model range. With an EV option in place, along with mild hybrid technology for the diesels and higher payloads across the range, it's hard to see much of a chink in this Ford's armoury: it's certainly the large LCV you simply have to consider if you're buying in this segment. The amount of work that Ford has put in to improve efficiency betrays an almost obsessive attention to detail, zeroing in not only on the things that matter to fleet operators, but also devoting equal attention to what counts for those who will drive this vehicle. Yes, you can buy cheaper vans in this sector, but at what cost? The Transit formula has been calculated to the nth degree and it works. Don't expect that to change anytime soon.

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