The tight and inflexible seating in passenger Transits has been a huge disappointment for me.
I have recently spent some time looking at the Ford Tourneo on the FordUK website. The Tourneo has a very flexible and adaptable combination of moveable and removable seating possibilities.
It is not as if Ford does not understand how to do seating that meets the needs of buyers for whom seating is a priority. Clearly they do. But it is just as clear that was not their priority in bringing the Transit to North America. Seems to me that most passenger Transits will used for short haul livery service....moving luggage and people from the airport to their nearby hotel and back.
The Tourneo, by the way, looks to me like a perfect vehicle for someone looking for a combination person/stuff van that is bigger than a Dodge Caravan and more efficient than a Suburban sized SUV. Ford UK refers to the Tourneo as an MPV - multi purpose vehicle.
The Transit is multi-purpose too, of course -- but in a different way. It can serve as a tradesman van very well. It can also serve as the basis for a camper or sports van (surfer van, bike van, outdoor sports van) but as a comfortable people mover a Transit would need extensive up-fitting treatment.
I hope Ford is looking at bringing the Tourneo to this side of the Pond. There is nothing like it available here. I think it would hit the mark for me.