Ford Transit Connect (2014–)

Last updated 18 September 2018

More upmarket than predecessor, improved level of interior finish, available with economical and cheap to run engines.
Plenty of competition in this market especially from the Volkswagen Caddy.
Updated 18 September 2018
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Introduction

The Transit Custom is Britain’s most popular van, which means the Connect has to carry quite a weight on its shoulders to maintain the same level of everyday usability, durability and capability as its big brother. Thankfully it delivers on every count.

Ford offers two wheelbases and there are panel van, double-cab in-van and Kombi variants but just diesel one engine - the trusty 1.6-litre TDCi which comes in three versions – 75PS, 95PS and 115PS – although all but the 115PS model make do with a five-speed transmission. For those who drive in town the 1.0-litre 100PS EcoBoost petrol is also offered although it’s limited to the L1 van in Trend trim. 

Fuel economy and emissions are impressive across the board but those who really want to cut costs will choose the 1.5 Econetic 95PS, which emits 105g/km and returns an official fuel economy of 70.6mpg when an optional fuel economy pack is specified. 

Fuel economy and emissions are impressive across the board but those who really want to cut costs will choose the 1.6 Econetic 95PS, which emits 105g/km and returns an official fuel economy of 70.6mpg when an optional fuel economy pack is specified. 

In late 2016 Ford replaced the 1.6 diesel with the 1.5 TDCI, lowering emissions and increasing torque across the board. As a result the 1.5 diesel produces 75PS, 100PS and 120PS, while maximum torque increases to 300Nm for the most powerful version. Fuel economy remains unchanged, although Econetic versions emit 99g/km of CO2.  

On the road, the Transit Connect drives like a good family car and it has space for plenty of cargo. The maximum payload is 1000kg, with load volumes of as much as 4.4 cubic metres. There are also some really clever details like folding front seats and a hatch in the bulkhead to make carrying long planks and pipes possible. It’s easy to get to grips with and should provide a comfortable environment even for drivers who spend all day at the wheel. 

Used Buying Guide - Ford Transit Connect

Running costs should be inexpensive, economy decent and with so much choice out there used then there’s room for negotiation to get exactly the van you want. We tell you what to look out for when buying second hand.

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