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Why Lease The Transit Dropside?

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Ford Transit Dropside Review 2024

The Ford Transit is a legendary name in the world of vans, and the Dropside variant builds on that legacy with a blend of rugged capability and surprising refinement. Whether you're hauling building materials, landscaping equipment, or anything in between, the Transit Dropside is a workhorse ready to tackle it all.

Rivals to the Ford Transit Dropside include the Ford Transit Tipper.

Our Ford Transit Dropside review covers:

Ford Transit Dropside Key Features

  • Boxy silhouette and large grille make it instantly recognizable
  • Comfortable interior with supportive and well-bolstered seats
  • 5000 kg maximum gross vehicle  mass
  • 2.0L EcoBlue engine available in 130PS and 170PS options

Ford Transit Dropside Pros and Cons:


  • Spacious and versatile cargo bed
  • Powerful and fuel-efficient engines
  • Comfortable and well-equipped cab


  • High running costs
  • Large size and limited manoeuvrability
  • Not the most refined driving experience

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The new Ford Transit Dropside is as much a workhorse as its name suggests. But beneath its utilitarian exterior lies a surprising blend of thoughtful design, impressive practicality, and cavernous cargo space.

The boxy silhouette is instantly recognizable, exuding an aura of rugged capability. But Ford hasn't just slapped a bed on a van and called it a day. The design incorporates clean lines and modern touches like LED headlights and taillights, giving it a contemporary edge without sacrificing its no-nonsense purpose.

Ford Transit Dropside Exterior

The cabin is a haven of functionality, with hard-wearing materials that shrug off dirt and grime. Storage compartments abound, keeping tools and paperwork within easy reach. Clever touches like a fold-down passenger seat and a load-through bulkhead extend the cargo area when needed. And for those long hauls, Ford's SYNC 4 infotainment system with voice control keeps you connected and entertained. 

The Transit Dropside comes in a range of configurations, with a choice of wheelbases and load capacities. Need to lug landscaping materials? Opt for the L4 variant with a payload of up to 2,810kg. Smaller jobs? The L3 handles 2,330kg with ease. Ford's EcoBoost diesel engines deliver gutsy performance while keeping fuel costs in check.

Interior and Trims

The new Ford Transit Dropside's interior prioritizes practicality and driver comfort, making it a tough and adaptable workspace on wheels. Choose between single-cab or double-cab configurations. Single cab provides ample space for two occupants and maximizes the load bed length. Double cab seats up to seven with additional storage beneath the rear bench.

Driver's seat adjusts four ways with lumbar support and an armrest for long journeys.

Passenger seat also adjusts for two-way comfort. Fold-down table in the driver's seat back creates a handy mobile workstation. Ample headroom and shoulder space for taller drivers and passengers.

Ford's SYNC system with voice control keeps you connected and in charge. DAB radio, Bluetooth, and USB ports ensure your entertainment options are covered. Optional FordPass Connect Wi-Fi hotspot turns the Transit into a mobile office.

Its hard-wearing interior materials built to withstand daily use. The rubber floor mats for easy cleaning (extended mats for double cab). The numerous storage compartments and cup holders keep essentials organized. Overall, the new Ford Transit Dropside's interior is designed to be a functional and comfortable extension of your workday.

Power and Performance

The new Ford Transit Dropside isn't just about hauling the goods; it's about getting them there efficiently and confidently. Under the hood, you'll find a 2.0L EcoBlue engine available in 130PS and 170PS options. The 130 PS (128 bhp): The base option delivers solid performance for everyday needs, with 385 Nm of torque for pulling power. The 170 PS (168 bhp): Up the ante with this choice, offering 405 Nm of torque for effortless performance, even with a full load.

Despite its size, the Transit Dropside handles surprisingly well, thanks to its electric power-assisted steering. Choose from front-wheel drive for increased efficiency or rear-wheel drive for enhanced capability when towing or carrying heavy loads.

Ford Transit Dropside Interior

While performance varies depending on engine choice, all options benefit from Ford's EcoBlue technology, delivering improved fuel efficiency compared to the previous generation.

Overall, the new Ford Transit Dropside offers a potent blend of power, performance, and efficiency. Whether you're a builder, landscaper, or delivery driver, there's an engine and drivetrain combination to suit your needs.

Leasing vs Buying

The Ford Transit Dropside is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £55,524.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from Price On Request.

If you're considering leasing a Ford Transit Dropside, we proudly offer excellent car leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).

Leasing a Ford Transit Dropside can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.

It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest retailer.