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Ford Transit Leader road test report
Leader: all the Transit benefits - at a lower price

Ford Transit Leader test Review: Mark Bursa

Ford Transit Leader 260 SWB LR

What is it?

SUB-£12,000 Transit version designed to give small businesses a low-cost entry point to the Ford Transit range. Basic spec is heavy on safety features, but light on luxury – no air-con, for a start.

What’s hot?

  • Comfortable cab has shaped cloth seats
  • Dash has familiar Transit cubbyholes, cupholders and document storage
  • Steel bulkhead is standard feature – so cab noise is low
  • Build quality is typically excellent – very few rattles and squeaks
  • Dash-mounted five-speed gearbox is delightful, with short, precise shift
  • 2.2-litre Duratorq engine is lively and smooth; economy good at 34.9mpg
  • Low-revving engine means 40mph cruising at 1,500rpm
  • 901kg payload and 6.55cu m loadspace – a good fit for most businesses
  • Steering is light and precise
  • Good safety spec: anti-skid ESP with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)…
  • … as well as Hill Launch Assist (HLA) and ABS brakes with EBD

What’s not?

  • No air-con – so a bit steamy in summer…
  • …and no sat-nav: Ford had to keep the price down somehow
  • Only available in white – you’re white van man whether you like it or not!
  • Mobile holders are so 2006: they’ll take an old Nokia, not an iPhone
  • 15in steel wheels are a bit basic
  • Only one side-door, on the nearside


What you need to Know

P11D Value: £11,995
Monthly Rental: * £n/a
What will it be worth: ** £n/a
GVW: 2840
Payload: 901kg
Loadspace Volume: 6.55cu m
Basic Loadspace Dimensions: 2,582mm Length
Engine: 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi Diesel
CO2 Emissions: 214g/km
Power/torque: 85PS/250Nm
Economy: 34.9mpg

*Monthly contract hire rentals generated by Concept Vehicle Leasing. Based on a 36 month lease at 10,000 miles a year, 3+35 payments.

** Trade value of van if purchased after three years and 60,000 miles.
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Business Van Manager Road Test Rating

The Transit Leader is part of Ford’s 45th birthday celebrations for the Transit – and boy, has the best-selling van come a long way in that time. Leader is an excellent entry-level model, though the lack of air-con and sat-nav might mean residuals will be lower too. Apart from these items – which some might consider a luxury – it’s an excellent combination of engine, load carrying ability and comfort for the price.

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