Currently the UK's fifth bestselling van, the second smallest of the Transit siblings, will transport whatever you want it to - passengers, luggage, tools, deliveries – all without effort. Designed for city driving and derived from the Ford Focus, the Transit Connect is packed with technology designed to make driving easier, and its smooth engines and comfortable cabin make long journeys a pleasure.
Despite its compact size, the Transit Connect has a large loading bay up to 2.2m long and 1.5m wide, and can carry a payload of up to 865kg or 3.6 cubic metres. It comes in two lengths, and even the shorter version can carry two Euro pallets, while the longer wheelbase can fit four 8ft x 4ft boards in the load bay. Plus, in all versions with a double front passenger seat, there's a load-through hatch in the bulkhead which allows you to carry long, thin items up to 3.4m long. Most versions can also tow between 1,200kg and 1,300kg, and if you have a factory-fitted tow bar you’ll also have trailer sway control to help keep it steady.
As well as standard vans, which seat two or three, there are double-cab Connects which seat five, and kombis which seat up to seven. In double cab versions, the back seat folds flat, splits 60/40 or can be removed for extra cargo space; kombis also have a split-folding third row of seats.A four-speaker DAB radio with USB connectivity, Bluetooth and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls is standard.
The second-generation Connect was launched in 2013 with a 1.6-litre diesel engine with either 74bhp, 94bhp or 113 bhp; newer Connects have either a 1.0-litre three-cylinder 99bhp Ecoboost turbo petrol engine, or a 1.5-litre DuratorqTDCi diesel with either 74bhp, 99bhp or 118bhp. Fuel consumption can reach 72.4mpg, and the 1.0-litre engine has a feature called cylinder deactivation, which means it can run on two cylinders when carrying a light load to improve fuel efficiency.
The ride is comfortable, absorbing most bumps in the road with or without a load in the back, and the Connect handles and holds the road well, with little body roll in bends. Some versions are less than two metres high, which is important if you want to park in a multi-storey car park or take your van to the car wash.