Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Blindspot warning systems, Active City Stop to prevent slow speed bumps and adaptive load control that manages the Electronic Stability Control when unladen, partially loaded or totally full is available on the Transit Connect. There’s also a standard driver’s side airbag, emergency brake assistance and Trailer Sway Control. Rounding off the package are rear parking sensors on top-end Limited vans, an optional rear camera and optional lane-keeping assistance.
If your budget can stretch to it, Limited vans really are the best value for money for their high equipment levels; however, Ford allows most of its options to be specified on all vehicles regardless of trim, so you really can customise your van. One novel feature is that if you have the automatic gearbox, the FordPass app lets you remotely start the van to pre-heat or cool the interior, or defrost the windscreen.
Service intervals are set at 20,000 miles or one year, while the warranty on the Transit Connect is 100,000 miles and three years.