The interior layout, fit and finish
As with the rest of the Ford Transit range, you will find the interior of the Connect either ergonomic and appealing or just a real mess of buttons. Fortunately, the Connect is a vast improvement on the vans that came before it, but for some tastes it is still perhaps a bit cluttered.
The multi-function steering wheel is perhaps the most confusing element, with identical circular controls at both thumb tips to control the trip computer and infotainment systems. The cruise control switch below is no less complicated but once you're used to it, it's quite straightforward. The central dashboard now houses an improved 6.0in colour touchscreen that is fitted with satellite navigation on top-spec vans. Otherwise you’ll have to make do with a 3.5in version that appears on Trend vans.
Perhaps the most important addition is the new Sync 3 infotainment system. Not only does this introduce Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone connectivity, but the Transit Connect can also be fully connected for business purposes.
The addition of 3G connect and an in-van wi-fi hotspot allows the Connect to be paired with a smartphone via the FordPass app. That in turn allows connectivity to the van with options to check on the vehicle’s health, remote access that includes fuel level monitor, tyre pressure and mileage checks, as well as locking or unlocking it through the app.
Those features are in preparation for the introduction of Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services for enhanced fleet management – great for big companies, but probably irrelevant to most regular buyers.