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Parkers Van Deal of the Week 26/09/14

  • Ford Transit from just £15,495 plus VAT
  • Rear wheel drive for better towing capacity
  • Only a handful Mark IVs left in the UK

Reliable and affordable. They are two the values that underpin this week’s Parkers van deal. Of course, we are talking about the Ford Transit, which for close to 50 years has been a cost-effective and dependable business partner to millions of British tradespeople and delivery companies.

Respected driveline

Under the bonnet is Ford’s 2.2-litre diesel engine, which also features in the new Custom and 2t Transits. The selected model is the 99bhp rated version, which generates 310Nm of torque and should achieve around 32.5mpg on the combined cycle.

It’s a respected and reliable engine that has featured in the Transit, Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay for almost 10 years. The Ford Transit is also easy to drive, with good driver visibility, light controls and a gear lever mounted on the dash, close to the wheel.

Compromised load space

The rear-wheel drive format may put a dint into the payload, which stands at 1455kg (for a 3.5t van), but on the flip side, towing capacity stands at a remarkable 2.5 tonnes. The load volume is also slightly compromised with the cargo floor raised 100mm to accommodate the driveline.

This reduces the load space height to 1645mm, while the length (2949mm) and width (1762mm) remain the same. This results in a load volume of 8.6 cubic metres.

Summary

At £15,495 plus VAT, this Ford Transit MWB High Roof RWD is not only reliable and practical but also affordable. You can never go too far wrong with a Transit; after all, it’s the best-selling commercial vehicle in the UK of all time. There aren’t too many of the Mark IV left, so you must hurry if you’re after a bargain. Click here to view all the latest offers.