The Ford Transit Connect sits in between the Transit Courier and Transit Custom, and has been one of the best-selling vans in the small segment for well over a decade.
With a major update taking place in 2019, does the Transit Connect still have what it takes to challenge the Berlingo and Combo newcomers?
In the cab
The cab is very spacious and accomodating with a wide range of storage spaces, including an overhead shelf, although we got the feeling Ford didn’t make the best use of space as there’s a big distance between the front of the dashboard and the windscreen, meaning plenty of space has gone to waste. Coupled with the low seating position, it limits the view of what’s immediately in front of the bumper.
Ford Transit Connect specification
Since the update in 2019, the Ford Transit Connect has been furnished with a wide range of creature comforts and now includes a new trim level, the Sport.
Ford Transit Connect Leader from £15,665 plus VAT
- Side load door
- Electric windows
- 16-inch steel wheels
- Reach and rake steering wheel
- DAB radio, USB and Bluetooth
- Trip computer
- Steering-wheel mounted controls
- Hill start assist
- Full bulkhead
- Remote control central locking
- EcoSelect function
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- Front fog lights
- Body coloured bumpers
- Plastic covers for wheels
- 8-way adjutsable driver’s seat
- Quickclear windscreen
- 4.2-inch display
- Plastic cargo floor liner
- Electric, heated door mirrors
Ford Transit COnnect Limited from £18,905 plus VAT
- 16-inch steel wheels
- Body-colour mirrors
- Folding door mirrors
- Cornering lights
- Heated driver and passenger seat
- Cruise control
- Remote entry and start
- Rear parking sensors
Ford Transit Connect Sport from £20,405 plus VAT
- ‘Titanium’ 16-inch alloy wheels
- Sports stripes
- Roof rails
- Dual-zone climate control
- Partial leather seats
Ford Transit Connect engine and performance
The Ford Transit Connect is available with either a 1.0-litre petrol EcoBoost or 1.5-litre diesel EcoBlue engine, available in three power ratings. The little 1.0-litre petrol (100PS/170Nm) obviously lacks the torque but is quite spritely when there’s an empty load area.
The 75PS/220Nm and 100PS/240Nm are quite docile, even when empty, and the 120PS/270Nm was the only engine that managed to push us into the back of our seats. All engines are hooked to a 6-speed manual, although there is the choice of an 8-speed manual on the 100PS and 120PS.
Load area and dimensions
While the maximum load lengths of 1,831mm (short wheelbase) and 2,231mm (long wheelbase) may sound respectable, the bulkhead bends back into the load area – severly limiting the load length from mid-height and means the load volumes are much lower than most small vans (2.9 and 3.6 cubic metres). Long wheelbase versions cost roughly £1,000 more.
In terms of weights, the Transit Connect has two nominal gorss vehicle weights (GVWs); 2.0t (200) and 2.4t (240). There is a maximum payload of 834kg – which is quite low for this segment – and towing capacity of 1,469kg.
Costs and availability
The Ford Transit Connect is available from Ford’s 100-strong Transit Centre network and is backed by Ford’s 3-years’, 100,000-mile warranty.