The All New Ford Transit School Minibus for 2019

The All New Ford Transit School Minibus for 2019

The New Ford Transit was revealed at the Hanover CV show in September 2018. The Transit Minibus continues to meet customers’ high expectations and its reputation as the leading minibus in the market is even further enhanced. Our Rivervale guide sets out to help our clients understand some of the significant updates to the new Transit, and how it will benefit schools, teachers and students across the UK.

Both the 12 seat and 17 seat Ford Transit minibus can be driven on a standard B1 driving licence, meaning you are allowed to drive motor vehicles not exceeding 550kg.

Rivervale Reviews the current Ford Transit

New Ford Transit Interior and Exterior Features

The exterior updates include a BOLD front-end design with a new grille, front bumper, hood and headlights.


There are some new exterior colours also available alongside some old favourite colours; Agate black (replacing Shadow black), chrome blue (replacing stratosphere), diffused silver (replacing tectronic silver), and the all new kappor red. But don’t panic the old favorites are still available: frozen White, Blazer Blue, Magnetic and Moondust Silver.

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Attractive and hard-wearing interior trim and seat materials have been crafted to deliver functionality whilst creating a warm, comfortable and durable environment. It has generous accommodation for up to either 12 or 17 (including the driver) to sit comfortably and safely as well as more than enough luggage space. It has a power side load door and power step to help improve passenger access. The refreshed infotainment line up includes Ford SYNC 3 with tablet inspired 8-inch touchscreen. The Limited version comes with some interesting new changes including; painted front bumper, Bi- functional Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps, 16’’ ALLOYS, Parking slot measurement, air conditioning, and an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system.

New Ford Transit Driver Aids and Safety


Ford always pack their vehicles with the latest in safety features and driver aids with the Transit minibus you will find;

✔️ Pre Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection - uses radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead and alerts you of any pedestrians or cars that might potentially cross your path.  If you fail to react to the alert, the Pre-Collision Assist technology will apply the brakes automatically.
✔️ Intelligent Cruise control - Intelligent Cruise control technology allows drivers to keep control of your speed limit so that you can fully focus on the road ahead. It uses a Traffic Sign Recognition system (TSR) - which can be deactivated - to identify traffic road signs and shows relevant information such as speed limits on the instrument cluster.
✔️ Lane keeping assist - As the name suggests, lane keeping assist technology helps drivers to comfortably stay in their lane.
✔️ Electronic Stability Control (ESC) - Senses when the vehicle is losing traction/grip and stabilises it.
✔️ Emergency brake assist - increases maximum braking pressure in an emergency to further protect you and your passengers.
✔️ Emergency Assistance - Ford Transit uses a SYNC feature that’s connected via bluetooth and connected mobile phone devices to enable all vehicle passengers to contact the Local Communications Centre in the midst of an emergency.
✔️ ISOFIX child seat fixing points - Comes as standard across the range, allsecond row seats have ISOFIX child seat fixing points with top tether mounts for added security and safety.

Other safety features include; Blind Spot information, Enhanced Active Park Assist (parks and steers the vehicle into the parking slot hands free), Front Wide View Camera and Rear view Camera.

Read more: School Minibuses - A Minibus Safety Guide

New Ford Transit Trim Levels

The Ford Transit comes available in 3 trim levels: the Leader, the Trend, and the Limited. Examples of features found at each trim level can be seen in the table below;

New Ford Transit Minibus Trim Levels

LEADER TREND (Additional to Leader) LIMITED (Additional to Trend)
Auto Start-Stop System Front and Rear Air Conditioning New Body Colour Front Bumper
Power side step Cruise Control New Bi-xenon headlights with LED DTRL
Rake and reach steering adjustment Front and rear parking sensors Manual Air Con
Ford SYNC with 4.2" TFT screen Power heated folding mirrors Instrument Panel Differentation
Bluetooth Auto headlights and wipers Leather Wrapped Gear Knob with Aluminium surround
Trip computer Front fog lights 16" Alloy Wheels
Remote central locking Ford SYNC 8" touch screen with Emergency Assistance Side Park Assist
Power windows Lockable glovebox  
8-way adjustable driver's seat with armrest Project style headlights with static cornering lights  
Dual front passenger seat Privacy Glass from B-pillar rearwards  
2x12V power points Reclinable rear seats with armrests  
ESP / ABS / Hill Start Assist Full wheel covers (not 17/18 seat L4)  
EDCC (Electronic Cornering Control) Leather steering wheel  
Emergency Brake Warning    
Ford Easy-Fuel capless refuelling    
Heated windscreen    
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrain Detection with Lane Keeping aid    
Vehicle Maintenance Monitor    
Selectable Drive Mode    

View our Ford Transit car leasing page

New Ford Transit Engines

The new engine is a 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue Diesel, with 6-speed transmissions, turns a new high power of 185 hp producing 415Nm, engineered to meet the latest Euro 6.2 emissions which are projected to deliver an 8-11% Co2 improvement.

Leasing prices for the new Ford Transit are still yet to be released, but we will notify all of our minibus customers as soon as they are. To register your interest, please contact our Account Manager Sharon Gilpin via or by telephone on 07867502103 or 01273433480.

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