Ford Transit Connect review

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The Ford Transit Connect dates back to 2002 when it was launched as a replacement for the Escort van, but the city van has come a long way since then. Now regarded as one of the best small vans in the segment, the Transit Connect is more efficient, safer and better suited for all manner of uses than ever before.

A 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine now powers the majority of the range, with three different outputs of 74bhp, 99bhp and 118bhp which are rounded up to 75, 100 and 120 on the badges. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on the two lower outputs, while the 118bhp unit gets a six-speed manual. An automatic gearbox option, called Powershift, is available on the 99bhp and 118bhp engines. If you’re inclined to opt for petrol, Ford even has a 99bhp 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine available which could make ideal sense for use in cities and with lighter loads.

Two lengths of Transit Connect are available, badged as L1 and L2, but there is just one height option. In addition to panel van variants, there is also a Kombi van with up to seven seats or a five-seat double cab. Buyers looking for a more car-like version will find a Ford Tourneo Connect model is available.

As with the rest of the Ford commercial vehicle range including the Ford Transit Custom and Ford Transit, there are Base, Trend and Limited trim levels. The Transit Connect also comes with Econetic fuel saving equipment including advanced battery management, acceleration control, switchable speed limiter, gearshift indicator and automatic start-stop.

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