Not possible to overlook the insanity of the van! The van craze, fueled by the Covid-19 well being disaster, has prompted some producers to launch or develop their vary of motorhomes. Ford thus affords a Transit geared up as a traveler, dubbed the Transit Nugget, which has lately turn into out there in an extended Nugget “Plus” model, geared up with a washroom. For this considerably particular check, we went to the open sea and have been away from the world for 3 days… a type of confinement within the open air.
Except the Volkswagen California star of Volkswagen Utilitaires (for the reason that T5 era), a lot of the motorhomes we encounter are produced a posteriori by motorhome builders or builders, based mostly on utilities. The French Rapido, Pilote and the German Westfalia are among the many specialists of the style. The provide has lately been broadened amongst automobile producers, who wish to benefit from the push to motorhomes. So there’s something for everybody and for nearly all budgets (the finances stays excessive, after all, and all the time corresponds to many resort stays…): along with the California and the luxurious Mercedes Marco Polo, Renault has since provided little SpaceNomad and Ford Visitors, provided a Transit Nugget since 2020 in two variations: a traditional, size L1 (4.97 m) and a Nugget “Plus” L2, extra imposing (5.34 m).
The Transit thus geared up can due to this fact be ordered from any vendor of the model, similar to its counterparts. In reality, Ford has entrusted to the format of the Nugget in Westfalia, extensively considered a benchmark within the area of integration of furnishings and varied fittings.
What extra for the Nugget “Plus”?
Already a significantly meatier template. Though based mostly on the identical platform because the traditional Transit, the chassis of the L2 is significantly extra imposing: the wheelbase of three.30 m (+ 37 cm) will increase the general size to five.34 m. Watch out when manoeuvring, particularly as aspect visibility is restricted. The glass space is lowered and the furnishings partially obstructs the sphere of view. Mistrust, particularly at top! In contrast to different vans that hardly exceed 2 metres, the sliding roof slip prevents the Transit from accessing numerous automobile parks: it rises to 2.09 meters, making it additionally in class 2 on toll roads on the freeway, similar to a motorhome. Whereas the van’s benefit is to be equated with a traditional automobile and thus free of the constraints of a home on wheels, that is annoying.
If you’re underneath the timber, take note of the peak: the pop-out roof peaks at 2.40 m. And at 5.34 m lengthy and a couple of.09 m excessive, the Transit Nugget Plus just isn’t as versatile as a traditional van.
Good to know: anticipate the acquisition and resale.
It’s doable to know the resale or trade-in worth of your automobile because of the automated Turbo classification of your Ford Transit, the choice to the Argus classification.
But we examine in a short time. Lastly out of Ile de France, the primary kilometers of freeway are reassuring. A Transit Nugget, though heavy (particularly within the lengthy model: 2.5 tons) drives virtually like a traditional automobile. The two-litre diesel, with 185 hp, is energetic sufficient to navigate the site visitors calmly (sadly now not provided since our check and changed by a deflated 170 hp model). Just a little noisy and tough in acceleration, however let’s not neglect that we’re driving a automobile designed as a utility. The excessive driving place, with the tilted steering wheel, is extra like a van. Just like the presentation of the driving place, just like a traditional Transit and easily embellished with a display screen for the media interface. Regardless of every thing, the final approval of a very good degree and the dealing with is passable given the dimensions.
One other good shock: we arrive safely, after 700 km on the highway, with out refueling. The urge for food of the great previous 4-cylinder Diesel stays reasonable, restricted to a median of about 8 l/100 km. The 70 l tank thus permits a spread of greater than 800 km.
To put in the decrease bunk, the couch just isn’t simple to deal with (and heavy). The area is nicely laid out, however essentially contracted: every thing as a replacement, such because the folding desk, calibrated to the millimeter!
The set up can lastly start. As talked about earlier, the virtually 40 cm extra have been primarily used to combine the bathroom block on the again (behind the fastened kitchen, positioned within the width, and never towards a aspect wall as within the California). This configuration has the benefit that you would be able to entry the kitchen even with the decrease bench seat folded out, in mattress configuration. Subsequent to a rest room room, separated by a sliding curtain, there may be additionally a small collapsible sink and a water level for connecting a bathe head. Helpful for rinsing with or for having a shower exterior, however after all there isn’t any bathe tray like on board an actual motorhome.
For the remaining, we now have the traditional gear in vans of this class: a retractable awning, varied storage areas for storing tables, tenting chairs and bedding (together with a big area underneath the rear seat). Word that the retractable roof, which opens backwards (in contrast to most opponents), has no electrical controls and wishes some assist. Fairly heavy, and the alignment of the mattress base of the highest bunk (with out jack) just isn’t apparent when dealing with it alone. However it’s value it: it is one of the best place!
Right here the 37 cm are longer than the traditional Nugget earlier than: the prolonged wheelbase has made it doable to combine a rest room block and additional cupboard space within the shoehorn. Reverse the bathroom is a retractable sink.
In use: midway between van and camper
The consuming water reserve of 42 l is ample for a couple of days (barely bigger than that of the California, 30 l). We even have a 40 l fridge and a couple of.8 kg fuel bottle for cooking. With the addition of built-in bogs, this is sufficient to transfer across the nation in virtually whole autonomy… after all the bathroom block requires the identical upkeep and emptying as with all motorhome: you solely empty the cassette (the cistern) within the particular areas the service areas.
With regard to the format of the rear unit, there’s a multitude of cupboard space, fairly well-arranged and accessible. The fabrication appears nicely studied, even when the development of the furnishings appears nearer to a caravan than to a automobile end: strong and useful, however with none luxurious. Identical remark for the “dwelling automation” features: the stationary heating, the additional cost ranges of the battery (190 Ah) and the water are managed by a module within the ceiling, on the entrance. The show is straightforward however will get to the purpose.
The mattress base might be raised to facilitate motion on board throughout the day. An grownup can simply rise up to prepare dinner.
As for the bedding, lastly, the Transit Nugget is ideally lived with two … Though in principle it might probably accommodate 4 occupants. The decrease bunk, supplied by the folded couch, is just too slender and too agency for 2 adults to sleep nicely. The primary ground, alternatively, is way nicer: the mattress of 138 x 200 cm is positioned on an actual field spring, and even when the insulation is equal to a tent, the chance to get up to a view of a fjord, lake or glacier is priceless. Lastly, sure, precisely.
Costs: the vanlife is a luxurious
The Transit Nugget is not the costliest of the backpackers, in comparison with its elite German rivals. A California begins at $65,420 within the primary Seashore model, a lot greater than the equal Transit Nugget ($56,300) and no higher geared up.
The Ford van is thus neck and neck with the Renault Trafic SpaceNomad (from €61,900), probably the most aggressive in the marketplace : the French have a bigger clear water tank (60 l) and a extra highly effective diesel at a sexy value (2.0 dCi 150 hp, towards 130 hp on the Ford aspect). Logically costlier, the Nugget “Plus” requires a further price of just about 7,000 €. The additional area and flexibility come at a excessive value, bringing the overall invoice to virtually €70,000 for our check mannequin!
Technical traits Ford Transit Customized Nugget Plus (2022)
|Mannequin examined: Ford Transit Customized Nugget Plus|
|Dimensions L x W x H||5.34 / 1.98 / 2.09 m|
|Clear water / waste water quantity||42l / 42l|
|empty weight||2,496 kg|
|Engine displacement||4-cylinder turbo, diesel – 1,995 cc|
|Most energy||185 hp at 3,500 rpm|
|Most torque||415 Nm at 1,750 rpm|
|0 to 100 km/h||CN|
|CO2 price||187 g/km (WLTP)|
|Consumption registered||8 l/100 km (mixed cycle)|
|Penalty 2020||0 €|
|Costs||from € 56,300 (examined mannequin: € 69,528)|