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  • Launched in 2014
  • Van
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2014
  • Body type
    Van
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Great all-round small van

Best bits

  • Easy to get comfy
  • Good to drive
  • Stylish image

Not so great

  • Others offer better payload
  • Technology is not the most modern
  • Only available with two seats

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Overall verdict

"The Ford Transit Connect is the kind of van that will keep pretty much everyone happy. Bosses will like it because it can carry a decent amount of stuff, is good value to buy and run while drivers will like the way it drives and the fact that the cabin is a smart and comfy place to spend a working day."

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There are two lengths of Transit Connect, L1 and L2, and a choice of four engines, including something of a rarity in the van sector – a petrol. The diesels, which are the most popular options, are all 1.5-litre engines, with a choice of three power outputs, ranging from 75PS, 100PS to 120PS.


Of the three, the 100PS is the one that best suits the Transit Connect’s status as an all-rounder. It’s powerful enough to deal with longer motorway trips, but it is just as happy pottering around town for those last-mile drop offs. If that’s all you’re doing then the petrol is a good option, but don’t expect it to reward you with good fuel economy if you take it on longer journeys with loads of kit in the back.


These 1.5-litre engines were introduced in late 2016 – older models come with a range of 1.6-litre diesels. They aren’t vastly different to the newer engines, but some of the older engines are a bit noisier when you accelerate hard, and they mainly came with a five-speed gearbox rather than the six-speed unit in the more modern models.


You can get a standard panel van or a crew cab model that adds a second row of seats, taking the overall potential capacity to five. If you really need to carry more, then there are Kombi versions that come with either five or seven seats, making it ideal for those that want to branch out into the taxi business, or those that just have big families.


Whichever one you go for, you still won’t get more than two up front though. While this might be a downside for some, it does mean there is no need for a debate about who ends up squashed into the inadequately small middle seat – small vans aren’t really wide enough for three across the front generally speaking. 


The cabin itself is smart and much more car-like than vans of old. The materials and design don’t shout ‘you’re at work!’ and you can get Ford’s Sync3 touchscreen system with all the associated benefits should you wish.


That carlike experience isn’t limited to a feeling when you’re behind the wheel – the Transit Connect is easy and comfortable to drive too. It’s based on the same underpinnings as the Ford C-Max, so this isn’t a massive shock, but it means that it won’t wear you out on a day where you need to cover serious miles.


The payloads on offer are decent compared to the majority of the Transit Connect’s rivals, but there isn’t a knock-out model that offers a huge carrying ability. You can’t carry more than a tonne in any of them for example, which you can do on the more modern Citroen/Peugeot/Toyota/Vauxhall quartet and the Fiat Doblo.

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1.5 EcoBlue 120ps Limited Van

  • 2019
  • 24,630 miles
  • TrustFord Birmingham Transit Centre
  • Birmingham, B249QB
Price (ex VAT):£18,000
HP: £489.94/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £489.94, Customer Deposit: £2,700.00, Total Deposit: £2,700.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,337.84, Total Amount Payable: £20,337.84, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.43%

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1.5 EcoBlue 120ps Limited Van Powershift

  • 2019
  • 14,522 miles
  • Sandicliffe Ford Transit Centre Leicester
  • Leicestershire, LE26BW
Price (ex VAT):£20,500
PCP: £406.52/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £406.52, Customer Deposit: £3,075.00, Total Deposit: £3,075.00, Optional Final Payment: £6,328.25, Total Charge For Credit: £3,537.97, Total Amount Payable: £24,037.97, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.1%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14.9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Ford Transit Connect right for you?

Plenty of people will buy a small van as their only van – they might run a business that is big enough to need more carrying space than a car, but they don’t need to commit to something large enough to haul around vast amounts of kit. The Transit Connect does a brilliant job of making van life easy even if you are more used to, say, a family hatchback.


It’s a great all-rounder, which makes it even more suited to being an only van. Others might be able to carry more stuff, but the car-like handling is a big bonus and that remains the case even if you’ve got a fully-laden load bay.


Sole traders are likely to want their van to be more than just a load-lugger, though, and the fact that the Transit Connect doesn’t share its body shape with any vans from another brand means that it is more likely to stand out. Get one of the Citroen/Peugeot/Toyota/Vauxhall group and you’ll be hard pushed to tell them apart at a glance, which is less likely with the Ford.

What's the best Ford Transit Connect model/engine to choose?

There’s no need to go to extremes with the Transit Connect, and the middle of the range is where you will find the version that will suit most buyers. The 100PS 1.5-litre diesel gives a good blend of pulling power and economy.


The exceptions to this are if you are spending loads of time doing short trips in town – in which case the petrol model might be a better bet – or if you need to tow or regularly haul a heavy load around then the 120PS is going to be easier to live with.


The Trend trim makes the most sense on a value for money basis, so if you need the Transit Connect as a tool first and foremost then it will suffice, but it misses out on a few desirable bits that you’ll wish you had. The Limited might be a bit of a step up financially, but it is the first model in the range that gets air conditioning, rear parking sensors and cruise control.

What other vehicles are similar to the Ford Transit Connect?

In one sense there are loads of other models to choose from in the small van class, but in another sense, there are very few. This is because several manufacturers essentially offer the same van but with a different badge on the front and a slightly revised interior.


The Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Toyota Proace City and Vauxhall Combo are all much the same van with the same basic construction and largely the same range of engines. Being newer, they have the edge on the Ford in terms of tech, and they offer an improved payload, too. The Fiat Doblo is another one to look at if payload is your priority.


If you want something that is a little different then the Volkswagen Caddy is another good bet, although with a new model from 2020, then it may feel a bit outdated compared to rivals.

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

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