Available in four trim levels and two load lengths, the Ford Transit Connect is a flexible commercial vehicle that suits a wide range of business uses.
The Transit Connect’s relatively compact dimensions make it a good choice for use in and around towns and cities. Even in a tight spot, the van’s side-hinged rear doors and side sliding door (which is located kerb-side) help to make access to the interior as easy as possible. Depending on which variant you select, payload capacity ranges from 716kg to 770kg while cargo capacity is between 2,300 litres and 3,600 litres. A full-width steel bulkhead separates the load area and the van’s three-person cab.
A choice of 1.0-litre 99bhp petrol or 1.5-litre 74bhp diesel engines are available, either of which make the Transit Connect enjoyable to drive. The petrol unit manages great mileage and produces CO2 emissions from 129g/km (longer L2 variants). The diesel engine, meanwhile, returns emissions as low as 103g/km (shorter L1 models). All but high-payload iterations feature Auto Start-Stop, which conserves fuel whenever the vehicle comes to a momentary stop.
A four-speaker stereo (operable via steering wheel-mounted controls) comes as standard, as does Bluetooth connectivity that allows music streaming and hands-free telephony. Meanwhile, DAB radio and Ford SYNC are added to upper-tier Trend and Limited trims.
A wide range of safety features are included with entry-level Base grades. For instance, Hill-Start Assist prevents the vehicle’s wheels from moving for a few seconds after the engine is started on a slope. Another useful driver aid is Emergency Brake Assist, which, in conjunction with Anti-Lock Braking System, autonomously applying maximum braking pressure in order to avoid potential collisions.