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FORD Transit Connect
What is it?
The Transit Connect is the second panel van up the size ladder of Ford’s range of award-winning LCVs, sitting above the baby Transit Courier and below the Transit Custom. Benefitting from a good-quality interior that’s lifted in the main from the small car line-up and good driving dynamics, the latest Connect is a more mainstream competitor than its predecessor that majored on durability.
What is the Ford Transit Connect like to drive?
It’s about the best in the sector from the driver’s seat. The Transit Connect combines an agile chassis with good ride quality laden or unladen, and the cabin apes that of a Ford Fiesta in terms of material quality – way ahead of some of its rivals that remain very van-like rather than car-influenced.
What engines are available?
Ford offers its 100hp 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine in L1 Trend specification only, and also has a choice of three power outputs of the 1.6-litre TDCi diesel – 75hp, 95hp and 115hp, though it varies as to which ones are available on different trim levels and bodystyles.
What are the key standard features of the Ford Transit Connect?
The entry-level Connect Base comes with 16in steel wheels, a kerbside loading door, DAB radio with USB port, Bluetooth, trip computer, two 12v powerpoints in the cab and electric windows.
- Trend adds wheel covers, body-coloured front and rear bumpers, front fog lights, heated windscreen, electrically operated and heated mirrors, Sync voice activation system, rear 12v powerpoint, driver’s seat lumbar support, fold-flat dual passenger seat, load-through bulkhead and lockable glovebox.
- Limited adds 16in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, heated driver’s seat, rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers and LED load compartment lighting.
What are the key options?
Air conditioning is optional on all bar the Limited models where it’s standard fit, while a rear-view parking camera is optional across the range, either on its own or as part of the infotainment system upgrade that also includes sat nav. Configurable locking is also an option on all models, while rear parking sensors can be optioned where they’re not standard, and Trend or Limited trims can be fitted with front parking sensors.
What body styles are available with the Ford Transit Connect?
Ford offers the Connect in two body lengths, both of which can be had in panel van or five-seat double-cab- in-van form with optional rear windows. There’s also a five or seven-seat Kombi passenger van in the longer L2 vehicle length.
What payload will it carry, and how big is the load bay?
The L1 Connect payload ranges from 625kg-825kg, while the longer L2 bodystyles offer 706kg-1004kg.
Load Bay Dimensions
Loading Height 586-1226mm
Width between wheel arches 1149-1226mm
*maximum loadspace length
What convenience features does the load bay provide?
All van models get six tie-down hooks, or four on the Kombi, while the van gets a full-height steel bulkhead and the DCIV version has a movable full-height mesh bulkhead. An LED load area light to replace the regular one is optional on all bar the top-spec Limited model, where it’s standard, and a rear window is optional on the van and can be fitted with a protection grille to prevent the load bay contents smashing it if they move in transit. A load floor liner is standard on some trims or optional where it’s not.
What will it cost to run?
The most efficient Transit Connect is the 95hp 1.6 TDCi Econetic with stop-start and a 62mph speed limiter fitted, which has an official economy figure that breaks 70mpg in 200 L1 specification (or 68.9mpg in long-wheelbase form). That 70.6mpg figure drops to 67.3mpg without the speed limiter. All models have an official combined economy figure of over 50mpg, with the lowest one being the 1.0- litre petrol at 50.4mpg.
What safety features are fitted?
Standard across the entire Connect line-up is a driver’s airbag, while additional airbags are optional, and hill start control, while fitting a compatible towbar also adds trailer sway control. A speed limiter configured to 56mph, 62mph or 70mph can be optioned, as can the accident-preventing Active City Stop system.
The Transit Connect’s alternatives are the Citroen Berlingo, Fiat Doblo, Mercedes Citan, Nissan NV200, Peugeot Partner, Renault Kangoo. Vauxhall Combo and VW Caddy.