Ford’s 2015 Transit is a staggeringly competent piece of kit, but what’s with the creases?
One of my most memorable journeys of recent memory was a trip from Leatherhead in Surrey to Newcastle in a fully laden rented Ford Transit. Memorable for the staggering competence of the vehicle and the relative ease in which the 300 mile journey was dispatched. I handed back that van with an almost audible sob. It was that impressive.
I rented another Transit earlier this week, which again served to remind me what an a formidable piece of kit they are and just how enjoyable they are to drive. Comfortable too, with a six-apeed gearbox, power steering, one touch electric windows, an adjustable steering column, and even a built-in ipod dock, the latter-day Transit driver wants for nothing. There’s an honesty, a sheer fitness for purpose to these vehicles which is deeply impressive. Every aspect has been thought through, developed and honed to near-perfection. The Transit truly is the ACME of commercial vehicles.
One troubling aspect I did notice however is a creeping trend towards styling. While carrying out the usual pre-rental bodywork check, I observed an odd diagonal crease on the lower rear quarter panel, just above the sill-line. It serves no visual or panel strengthening purpose, merely serving to confuse rental companies and renters alike, who mistake it for accident damage until they realise it’s exactly the same on the other side. It’s hard to avoid the suspicion Ford stylists simply got bored, or heaven help us, decided to imbue the Transit with sportier lines, because that’s of course what the average tradesman wants in his commercial vehicle nowadays.
They’ll be fitting low-profile tyres next.