2020 Ford Transit 5.0-tonne: higher payload and uprated engine

After a large heavy-duty van with a huge payload capacity? The new 5.0-tonne version of the Ford Transit may be just the thing

James Allen
Dec 8, 2020

The Ford Transit is available in a huge array of configurations, and it can now be specified in its most heavy-duty guise yet: the Transit 5.0-tonne van.

While that figure refers to the van’s gross weight, rather than how much it can carry, the new flagship Ford Transit variant nevertheless has a very good payload capacity. In its panel van guise, it can carry loads of up to 2,383kg - and this increases to up to 2,558kg if you go for the flatbed chassis cab version.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the weights it’s able to carry, the Ford Transit 5.0-tonne also comes with a pretty strong engine: a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel that has a healthy 170hp and 390Nm of torque to call upon. As standard, the engine drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox, though you can pay extra to swap out the manual for a 10-speed automatic.

All of the Transit’s weight carrying capacities do come at a premium, though. Prices for the Ford Transit 5.0-tonne start at a substantial £49,798, which makes it one of the most expensive Ford Transit variants you can currently buy.

Quick facts

  • Flagship Ford Transit announced
  • Maximum payload of 2,558kg
  • 170hp, 390Nm 2.0-litre diesel engine
  • High-roof panel van and chassis cab
  • Prices from £49,798
  • On sale now

2020 Ford Transit 5.0-tonne performance

Appropriately enough, given its size and cargo capacity, this flagship Ford Transit model has been fitted with a pretty powerful engine. Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces 170hp and 390Nm of torque, which makes it one of the strongest engines in any Ford Transit van on sale today.

As standard, the 5.0-tonne Transit is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. If you’d prefer to have an automatic, the van is also available with a 10-speed automatic option, though this does increase the Transit’s price by £1,740. With so many gears, though, expect the automatic to be able to make the most of the engine's power - whatever speed you're travelling.

2020 Ford Transit 5.0-tonne configurations

Just like the regular Ford Transit, the 5.0-tonne version can come as either a single-cab, or a double-cab with an extra row of seats. A selection of body styles is also available, though there aren’t as many options as you’d find on the regular Transit: the only options are a high-roof panel van and a flat-bed chassis cab.

Ford claims the 5.0-tonne Transit has parity with the rest of the range when it comes to practicality. In its longest guise, the panel van version has up to 15.1 cubic metres of storage space, which is identical to other similarly-sized Transit variants, and means there’s enough room for a substantial amount of cargo.

It’s the payload capacities where the beefier Transit shines, though. The panel van can carry a maximum payload of 2,383kg, which is a huge leap over the 1,472kg capacity of the regular Transit. The chassis cab version is capable of carrying even heavier payloads, too, as it has a maximum capacity of 2,558kg (versus the standard Transit chassis cab’s 2,391kg).

2020 Ford Transit 5.0-tonne specifications

Ford is only offering the 5.0-tonne Transit in one spec: the entry-level Leader trim. This means it doesn’t come with that many creature comforts as standard (highlights include a 4.2-inch touchscreen media system and driver aids such as a hill start assist and a crosswind mitigation system). You can also add extra kit such as auxiliary power points an a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen media system that replaces the standard item - though do bear in mind that you’ll need to pay extra to fit your 5.0-tonne Transit with air-conditioning.

Buyers of the chassis cab version who plan on converting the van for a more specialist-use vehicle may want to consider ticking the option box for the Upfitter Interface Module. Ford says this device can link any additional conversion equipment to the van’s data management system, which in turn can help improve safety - for example, it can prevent a tipper body from being operated when the Transit isn’t parked with the handbrake engaged.

2020 Ford Transit 5.0-tonne prices

The heavy-duty 5.0-tonne Ford Transit is available to order now. Prices start from £49,798 for 5.0-tonne Transits fitted with the six-speed manual, and £51,538 on versions with the optional automatic gearbox. This makes the 5.0-tonne models some of the most expensive Transit versions available, reflecting their increased capability.


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