Ford Transit Connect van review

Category: Small Van

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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The Ford Transit Connect was originally launched as a replacement for the Escort van, but this city vehicle 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.

This review will tell you all you need to know about the Ford Transit Connect, including what it's like to drive, how useful the load space is and how it compares with key rivals, including the Fiat Doblo Cargo and VW Caddy.

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FAQs

  • Potentially expensive problems for the Ford Transit Connect are linked to the transmission and engine. The former is most commonly related to a faulty connection between the gearstick and gearbox, leading to the van rolling away. Smaller issues relate to the brake hydraulics and door handle failures. Read more on Ford Transit Connect running costs.

  • The Ford Transit Connect is a small van, and was originally designed and built as a replacement for the Ford Escort van. It’s considerably better than it’s predecessor, standing out for its efficiency, safety kit and practicality. We rate it at four out of five stars, and you can read more in our full Ford Transit Connect review.

  • The Ford Transit Connect is no exception to the rule which says a vehicle is typically far more reliable if it is well looked after and especially regularly serviced. The standard Ford Transit Connect warranty is three years/100,000 miles, although this can be extended to five years. Read more on Ford Transit Connect running costs.

  • Our pick of the Ford Transit Connect engine range is the 118bhp 1.5-litre diesel, which seems to perfectly suit its need, offering pacy, reliable, economical performance. We recommend linking it to the six-speed manual gearbox for best results. Read more about other Ford Transit Connect engine options.

  • The Ford Transit Connect is on sale now, and a best-seller in the small van class. It has been on sale in the UK (and Europe) since launch and traditionally been at the top of - or close to the top of - sales in the region. However, there are reports it will stop being sold in the USA soon, as Ford focuses on larger models. Learn more in our Ford Transit Connect review.

  • The Ford Transit Connect was given a four-out-of-five star rating by our testers, with rivals including the Citroen Berlingo, Fiat Doblo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo Cargo, all of which are closely related, plus the Renault Kangoo and VW Caddy Cargo