Ford Transit Connect (2014–)
Drives like family car.
Comfortable driving position.
Cheap to run.
Ecoboost petrol also available.
Diesel engines are quite vocal at motorway speeds.
No three-seat option.
Can't match the paylod of the Vauxhall Combo or Peugeot Partner.
28-6-2017: Reports that the 1.5 and 1.6 petrol engines have been disontinued in the Ford Transit Connect.
9-3-2018: Service action recall letter generated in South Africa for 2011 Ford Focus 1.6 EcoBoost. "Urgent Recall Engine coolant system..If driven without sufficient coolant could result in engine cylinder head overheating. May cause cylinder head to crack allowing oil to leak on to a hot surface that could result in potential fire in engine compartment."
8-5-2018: UK Focus 1.6 Ecoboost owner received a letter from Ford (dated 9th March) on 22nd March stating "Urgent Action Required" and booked car in for work to be done on 18th April - the earliest date they could offer. Subsequently the Ford dealer cancelled the appointment on instructions from Ford because the modification had caused software problems and required further development. They will initiate recall when Ford notify them. The Ford letter stated: "A number of Kuga, Focus, C-Max and Transit Connect vehicles have been produced which, if driven without sufficient coolant, may result in the engine cylinder head overheating. The overheating may cause the cylinder head to crack allowing oil to leak on to a hot surface that could result in a potential fire risk in the engine compartment."
6-5-2019: Report of cylinder head gasket failure on 2018 Ford Transit 2.0 Ecoblue. Fixed with stronger gasket under warranty.
22-11-2022: Report of cam belt failure on 2020 Ford Transit Connect 1.5 diesel after 106,000 miles.