This van has a listed most payload of 1046kg, a braked towing capability of 1800kg and a gross car mass of 3100kg.
Our mates at IWP Coaching in Wollongong forklifted a 750kg weight into the van, through its 180-degree-opening rear barn doorways, for us.
As talked about this van has a 1046kg payload, so even with 750kg within the load area, in addition to the motive force (me) and a bit of substances within the cabin (vehicle-recovery gear, first-aid equipment, software field and many others), we had been nonetheless about 150kg shy of the 320S’s 3100kg GVM restrict: kerb weight (2054kg) plus payload (roughly 900kg) equals 2954kg. (Bear in mind: the important thing to hauling a load and/or towing legally and safely is to all the time preserve effectively beneath your car’s load capacities.)
With the load in, about three-quarters of it ahead of the rear axle, the rear leaf springs compressed 40mm and the entrance suspension compressed 20mm.
As soon as the van was underway, the load barely registered.
The entire parts that make the Ford Transit such a pleasant each day driver unladen are carried over when you have got a substantial burden within the rear.
The steering retains that effectively weighted really feel, the engine and transmission are very intelligent, experience and dealing with stay composed and predictable – and all these parts mix to usually make for a stress-free driving expertise.
Engine braking is a bit of bit on the cruel aspect – solely ever on steep up- or downhill sections – however it’s a smaller capability engine, in order that attribute – being pressured to rev exhausting beneath load – is straightforward to forgive.
The suspension – a MacPherson strut entrance and rear leaf-spring set-up on a stable beam axle – is kind of fundamental, however works effectively, protecting every part steady and composed in a constant method.
This short-wheelbase variant tends to chirp entrance rubber beneath enthusiastic throttle and it’s additionally extra prone to expertise any sort of weight-transfer shift, or slight fore and aft movement with a good load onboard. It isn’t a horrible attribute however it’s noticeable – this variant is just not fairly as pinned down as one among its lengthy wheel-base stablemates.