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Why Lease The Transit Minibus?

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Ford Transit Minibus Review 2024

The Transit Minibus is a premier people carrier. Whether you're transporting coworkers to a conference or a school sports team to their big match, the Transit Minibus ensures a comfortable and stylish journey. With three distinct length and height variations, it allows transportation for up to 18 individuals, along with ample space for luggage.

Rivals to the Ford Transit Minibus include the Mercedes V-Class and Citroen e-Space Tourer.

Our Ford Transit Minibus review covers:

Ford Transit Minibus Key Features

  • Clean, modern appearance with a bold grille and sharp headlights
  • well-designed interior with up to 18 generously padded seats
  • Offering EcoBlue engine options 
  • 14 to 18-seat model variants available

Ford Transit Minibus Pros and Cons:


  • Ample space
  • Boasts proven reliability
  • Accessibility options with wheelchair access


  • Fuel economy
  • High price point
  • Tough to manoeuvre

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The Ford Transit Minibus has long been a stalwart of the people-moving business, known for its no-nonsense practicality and spacious interior. Gone are the boxy designs as the new Transit Minibus strikes a more modern and assertive stance, with a bolder grille, sharper headlights, and a wider stance. It's still instantly recognisable as a Transit, but with a touch of contemporary flair that makes it look more like home on city streets than just airport drop-offs.

Step inside and prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Gone are the spartan interiors of yore. High-quality materials like soft-touch plastics and comfortable seats welcome you into a light, airy, and surprisingly plush cabin. Clever storage solutions abound, from overhead shelves to door bins and even a fold-out desk for the driver.

Ford Transit MWB Exterior

Whether you need school bus-style benches or individual reclining thrones with ample legroom, there's a configuration to suit your needs. Capable of carting up to 18 seats, each designed for comfort, with generous padding and support, making even long journeys a breeze for all your passengers. For wheelchair users, a low-floor option ensures effortless access.

Interior and Trims

Gone are the days of hard, unforgiving plastics and uncomfortable bench seating. The Transit Minibus welcomes you with soft-touch materials, plush upholstery, and thoughtful touches like ambient lighting that create a warm and inviting ambience. Whether you're navigating city streets or tackling motorway miles, the interior is designed to be a relaxing haven, not a punishment.

Ford hasn't forgotten the digital age. The touchscreen infotainment system is intuitive and responsive, keeping everyone connected and entertained with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also onboard Wi-Fi to keep you connected and your passengers entertained. Bluetooth and USB ports ensure your favourite tunes or podcasts are always on hand, while a reversing camera and parking sensors make manoeuvring a breeze.

Ford offers a range of trims to suit your needs and budget. The Base trim provides all the essentials, a comfortable cabin, ample storage, and a user-friendly infotainment system. Upgrade the trim for additional creature comforts like heated seats, automatic headlights, and a power tailgate. And for those who demand the highest level of luxury, the Titanium trim boasts leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and a premium sound system.

Power and Performance

Ford sticks to its diesel guns, offering three EcoBlue units ranging from 110PS to 170PS (108bhp to 168bhp). These updated engines boast quieter operation and improved fuel efficiency, with claimed savings of up to 6% compared to the previous model. So, whether you're navigating city streets or cruising down motorways, you can expect decent fuel economy and lower running costs.

Ford Transit MWB Interior

Don't let the "minibus" label fool you. The Transit packs a punch, especially with the higher-powered 150PS and 170PS options. These engines deliver surprisingly lively acceleration, making overtaking manoeuvres on country roads a breeze. Even the base 110PS engine proves surprisingly sprightly in urban environments, thanks to its torquey nature.

The Transit also boasts improved suspension that smooths out bumps and reduces engine noise, making for a quieter and more comfortable ride for both driver and passengers. The steering is also direct and responsive, making manoeuvring in tight spaces less of a chore.

Whether you prioritise fuel efficiency, performance, or a combination of both, there's a Transit to suit your needs. With the improved suspension, driving is effortless and comfortable, whether you're behind the wheel for short hops or long hauls, making it an ideal Minibus leasing option.

Leasing vs Buying

The Ford Transit Minibus is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £58,614.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from £593.85.

If you're considering leasing a Ford Transit Minibus, 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 Minibus 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.