Alternative vehicle: Vauxhall Vivaro
Transit is better known for its load-lugging abilities than passenger car comfort. But the new Transit is nothing short of excellent, and when it’s combined with a bundle of fancy bits, you get something that can worry more conventional MPVs. While most private buyers would choose a Galaxy over the Tourneo, the Tranny-in-a-sharp-suit finds favour with businesses looking to ferry customers from hotel to airport, or office to function suite.
There are comfortable seats and rear access is excellent thanks to two huge sliding doors. Drivers can sling plenty of gear in the boot, and the tailgate lifts upwards rather than the conventional twin slide-hinged door format. From the driver’s seat things were remarkably car-like, with a steering wheel and gear knob you’d expect to find in a Mondeo. The dash is clearly laid out and the controls were well marked.