Ford Transit safety meets the new ‘Gold’ Commercial Van Safety rating according to Euro NCAP which means it is among the safest vans on the roads along with the new Mercedes-Benz Vito and VW Transporter T6.1.
The new Commercial Van Safety ratings are an extension of the Euro NCAP car safety ratings and have been introduced in 2021 in response to claims that many LCVs fall well short of modern safety standards. First launched in 2014 and updated in 2019, it may be surprising to many that the Ford Transit scored so highly on the new test.
The Ford Transit was awarded a Gold rating – one of three vans to do so (the others being the Vito and Transporter).
“Overall, a good result for the Transit”, the official Euro NCAP website remarks. “It has a lot of safety equipment available as an option and this generally works well. Small details, such as a default-on driver-state monitoring system, would improve the score but, even as it is, the vehicle clears the threshold for a 2021 gold medal.”
In total, the Transit scored 63% and here is a breakdown of the scores:
- AEB Car-to-Car – 22.1 / 30 Pts
- AEB Pedestrian – 9.0 / 10 Pts
- AEB Cyclist – 8.6 / 10 Pts
- Lane Support Systems – 3.8 / 20 Pts
- Speed Assist Systems – 15.0 / 15 Pts
- Occupant Status Monitoring – 5.0 / 15 Pts
Ford Transit safety failings
There were a couple of areas of concern, however, for the Transit. There were a couple of instances where the ADAS features, like the optional Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keep Assist, didn’t function as expected.
The Forward Collision Warning performed well at speeds up to 40kph (25mph) but, worryingly, failed to react altogether at higher speeds. While the Lane Departure Warning worked well, the Lane Keep Assist allowed the vehicle to deviate too far from the lane before providing steering assistance and, as a consequence, wasn’t awarded any points.
To read the full 2021 Ford Transit NCAP safety report, please visit: https://www.euroncap.com/en/ratings-rewards/commercial-van-ratings