Conversely, the dash-mounted gear shift is well positioned and easy to operate. And the six-speed transmission works especially well in partnership with the 125hp engine with a ratio to pull the Master strongly right across the rev range.
All models have a gear-shift indicator which should help get the best out of the van in terms of economy and performance.
For such a big van, the Master rides and handles well. It’s easy to place and responds well to driver input. Yes, in tight situations, there’s no doubt that the Master is a large van, but it’s by no means unwieldy.
All versions are equipped with driver’s airbag, together with ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and Brake Assist. But only rear-wheel-drive models have Electronic Stability Control as standard, which puts the Master at a disadvantage compared with rivals such as the Volkswagen Crafter, Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter that offer ESC on all models.
Will it ever swallow a load, though! The test model offers a 13cu m cargo area, with a payload of 1490kg. If your business needs capacity, this van is one to check out.
Access is excellent via the large single sliding door side and 180 degree opening twin rear doors whether you need to load pallets with a forklift or just for a driver handling packages.
The first two years of the warranty allow unlimited mileage, with the fourth year valid until the end of that year or until 100,000 miles have been clocked up – whichever comes sooner. And there’s three years’ free AA cover.
Oil-change intervals are every 25,000 miles or two years. Long-life coolant has bumped up change intervals from 74,500 to 100,000 miles.
- Torquey, responsive engine
- Well thought-out cab provides a good working environment
- Almost endless list of options offering very high specifications
- Service intervals beat those of most rivals, except Fiat Ducato
- Satnav/infotainment screen could be better positioned and easier to use
- ESC isn’t standard across the range