Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2022: Small Van - Best to Drive
The Ford Transit Connect proves that vans can be genuinely thrilling drive thanks to well-weighted steering, impressive road-holding and great body control...
Ford Transit Connect
Priced from £16,990 Economy 40.94-55.39mpg CO2 emissions 134-160g/km Load space 2.9-3.6m3 Payload 579-876 kg Power 74-118bhp Torque 125-199lb ft
If you could start from scratch when making a small van, pretty high up on our list of priorities would be making sure it felt like a car from behind the wheel. And the van you’d likely end up making would be the Ford Transit Connect.
The fact that the Transit Connect shares many of its oily components with the Focus Focus family car is a big plus point.
While many of the Transit Connect’s rivals – including the Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Toyota Proace and Volkswagen Caddy – use similarly flexible car-derived underpinnings, the Transit Connect masterfully combines the strengths of those with the practical nature of a small van. The Connect is, therefore, appealing to drive, yet every bit as comfortable and as practical as you’d want.
It manages to sit in both the car and van worlds successfully, teaming a roomy interior that’s easy to see out of with the great road-holding, direct steering and smooth ride of a traditional family car.
Just like with the Focus, there’s an engine option to suit almost every driver, ranging from the high-revving and peppy 1.0-litre 99bhp Ecoboost petrol, through to the more gutsy 1.5-litre Ecoblue diesel, which has plenty of low-end pulling power to call upon. Gearbox options include a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, and both are excellent to use.
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