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FORD Transit Connect

1.5 EcoBlue 120ps Trend D/Cab Van
FORD Transit Connect - 1.5 EcoBlue 120ps Trend D/Cab Van
Vehicle Information
List Price
£25,975.64
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
54.3 MPG
0-62 mph
Payload
741 kg
Max Tow Weight
1329 kg
CO2
11 g/km
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Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Electric windows - one touch lowering driver side
  • Quickclear heated windscreen
BRAKES
  • ABS EBD
  • ESC
  • Hill start assist
BULKHEAD/PARTITION
  • Mesh bulkhead
DOORS
  • Dual side load doors
DRIVER AIDS
  • PAS
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Easy fuel capless refuelling system
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • On board modem with FordPass Connect
  • Trip computer
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Electric heated door mirrors
ELECTRIC VEHICLE DATA
  • On board modem with FordPass Connect
  • Trip computer
ELECTRICAL
  • Heavy duty battery
EMISSIONS - PHEV
  • Cargo area tie down loops
  • Plastic cargo area lining
ENGINE
  • Auto start/stop system
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Active grille shutter
  • Body coloured front bumper
  • Body coloured rear bumper end caps
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Front fog lights
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • Capitol cloth upholstery
  • Glovebox with lid
  • Interior roof rack / Interior Overhead stowage
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Rubber flooring in 1st and 2nd rows
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Load compartment interior light
LOAD AREA
  • Cargo area tie down loops
  • Plastic cargo area lining
PACKS
  • ICE pack 154 - Transit Connect
  • Seat pack 45 - Transit Connect
SAFETY
  • Driver seatbelt reminder
  • Drivers airbag
SEATS
  • 2nd row 60/40 split, fold/dive fold flat passenger seats with 3 headrests
SECURITY
  • Configurable unlocking 2
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central double locking
SERVICE
  • Configurable unlocking 2
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central double locking
TEST CYCLES
  • Heavy duty battery
TRIM - PART LEATHER
  • Mesh bulkhead
WHEELS
  • 16" steel wheels with cover
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Delete spare wheel with tyre inflation kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO2: 123
  • HC: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO+6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 146
  • Automatic Transmission: Data Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1498
  • Cooling System: WATER
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Engine Layout: FRONT+TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make: N
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON+RAIL
  • Fuel Type: DIESEL
  • Gears: 6+SPEED
  • Manual Transmission: True
  • Valve gear: SOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • EC Combined: 54.3
  • EC Extra Urban: 57.7
  • EC Urban: 49.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 57.6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: Data Not Available
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Badge Power: 120
  • Based On ID: N
  • Chassis Engine Number: N
  • Clutch: SINGLE+DRY+PLATE
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code: N
  • Coin Power Output Code: N
  • Coin Series: N
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code: N
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code: N
  • Exhaust System: CATALYTIC+CONVERTER
  • Front Brakes: DISCS
  • Front Suspension: MACPHERSON+STRUTS
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: Data Not Available
  • Hand Brake: REAR
  • Insurance Group 1: N
  • Insurance Group 2: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Rear Brakes: DRUM
  • Rear Suspension: SINGLE+LEAF+SPRINGS
  • Running Cost League Headings: N
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 120
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 120000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: N1
  • Vin/Frame No.: N
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • BHP: 120
  • Engine Power KW: 88
  • PS: True
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE+2
  • Alloys?: Data Not Available
  • Automatic Clutch: Data Not Available
  • Plated 3rd Axle: N
  • Plated 4th Axle: N
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Make: N
  • Tyre Size Front: 205%2F60+R16
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205%2F60+R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE+REPAIR+KIT
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 16%22+STEEL
  • Front Overhang: 885
  • Height: 1828
  • Length: 4825
  • Load Deck Height: 586
  • Load Height: 1267
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches: 1226
  • Load Width: 1268
  • Lower Rear Door Width: 1248
  • Rear Door Height: 1136
  • Rear Overhang: 878
  • Side Load Door Height: 1228
  • Side Load Door Width: 839
  • Wheelbase: 3062
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1835
  • Width (including mirrors): 2137
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: N
  • Gross Train Weight: 3240
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2405
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): N
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed: N
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up: N
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down: N
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed: N
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1329
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1664
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 741
  • Plated 2nd Axle: 1315
  • Plated Front Axle: 1225
By Line

This 'baby' Transit is anything but a lightweight when it comes to meeting the demands of the small and compact van sectors. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised model.

Ten Second Review

Ford's Transit Connect is a small van - with big ideas. It must suit buyers in both small and compact sectors of the LCV market - and does so thanks to the choice of both short and long wheelbase bodystyles and a versatile loadbay which can now take up to 982kg if you choose the right variant. This current version gets a smart look, quite a classy cabin and an efficient 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine. Overall, there may be prettier little vans, but there are few more practical ones.

Background

It was the Transit Connect that really galvanised the small van sector when it was launched in the UK back in 2003. A whole host of copycat rivals - Citroen's Nemo, Peugeot's Bipper and Fiat's Fiorino - quickly followed. But despite tough competition, this Ford has continued to find a ready band of buyers. The Blue Oval brand says that's because, unless its competitors, it uses fewer car-derived components in its construction, leading to a less compromised commercial vehicle result. Originally, this design had to cover both small (think Peugeot Bipper or Citroen Nemo) and compact (think Citroen Berlingo or Renault Kangoo) sectors of the LCV market, segments covered by other brands with two separate models. That was a bit of a stretch. These days though, Ford too, has separate models to offer, with the little Transit Courier slotting in beneath this Transit Connect to form a four-strong Transit offering for UK van buyers.

Driving Experience

You don't buy any van prioritising ride and handling but with Ford's strong reputation in this department when it comes to passenger cars, then it's fair to expect this Transit Connect to dynamically, be one of the class leaders. Which broadly, it is. Like any LCV, this one handles better fully loaded, but even in the unladen state, cornering response is predictable and bodyroll well controlled. Once you've dropped off your load, you could even imagine rather enjoying yourself on the way home around the twisty stuff in one of these. To a point. Of course, to a certain extent, you'll be limited by the modest output of the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel powerplant that most Transit Connect customers go for. There's also an improved 1.0 Ecooost petrol engine option with 100PS. An upgraded six-speed manual transmission is now fitted to all engines as standard and the 1.5-litre EcoBlue engine (offered with 75, 100 or 120PS) can also be specified with an advanced new eight-speed automatic transmission, which has been engineered to deliver smooth, swift gearshifts. If you're towing, then the top diesel's the variant to choose, offering a braked trailer towing capacity of up to 800kg. Depending on the variant you choose, the turning circle is between 11 and 11.9m. There's plenty of hi-tech here as well. Safety-wise, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is standard across the entire range, plus there's Hill Launch Assist to stop you drifting backwards on uphill junctions, Anti Lock Brakes with Hydraulic Brake Assist, Active Yaw Control (that assists with oversteer and understeer), Roll Movement Intervention (to reduce body roll) and, if the worst comes to the worst, Roll Over Mitigation.

Design and Build

From the outside, it's clear that Ford's development team have prioritised function over form in this design. So though the front end is these days sleeker and smarter, the overall look is still very boxy and practical-looking. Styling changes made in recent times adopt the latest Ford design DNA. An imposing three-bar Transit grille combined with slimmer headlamps - with powerful HID Xenon lamps and LED daytime running lights available on high series models - combine with a more aerodynamic lower fascia and front spoiler to deliver a fresher look. Inside, where build quality from the Turkish factory remains solid, it's much as before, though there's now a wider use of switchgear and design cues from plush Ford passenger car models like the S-MAX. The upgraded cabin features a revised instrument panel with a new central control area that incorporates a floating, tablet-inspired six-inch colour touchscreen on high series models, featuring Ford's SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system. New trim materials provide a stylish and hard-wearing working environment for long working days in the cab. Getting comfortable at the wheel is easy thanks to a steering wheel adjustable for both reach and rake. And there's plenty of cabin storage space. Though it's difficult to know where you would put a sandwich box, a flask or a big bottle of water, there are compartments both in front of the gearstick and behind the handbrake, then between them in the centre area between the seats, a holder for coins and tokens and two large cupholders, narrow bins in each door, a lidded glovebox, an optional tray under the front passenger seat and a shelf at the top of the facia capable of holding A4 documents. Oh and a curry hook for your Friday night takeaway. A load-through hatch in the bulkhead and fold-flat passenger seat enable long loads up to 3.0m (L1) and 3.4m (L2) to be safely carried in the vehicle. In addition, a multi-fold dual passenger seat now enables van models to carry up to three people in the cab.

Market and Model

Pricing starts at around £17,500 excluding VAT and there's a premium of around £1,000 to go from the 'L1' short wheelbase bodystyle to the 'L2' long wheelbase version. If you're looking to carry people as well as packages, there's a 'Double Cab-in-Van' option with a fold-out rear bench. Or you could go for a full Kombi version with proper rear seats. Trim levels run from 'Base' (where there's the option of a frugal 'ECOnetic version) to 'Trend' and on to 'Limited' and 'Sport'. Whichever Transit Connect you choose, equipment levels run to a reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel, see-you-home lights that stay on at night to guide you to your front door, remote central locking that allows you to lock and unlock the cab and load area separately, Hill-Start Assist to stop you drifting backwards on uphill junctions, a full steel bulkhead and a sliding side door. There's also a DAB digital radio, a trip computer and steering wheel stereo controls. This revised model introduces a comprehensive range of segment-first driver assistance features, including an Intelligent Speed Limiter - that enables automatic adjustment of maximum vehicle speed to remain within legal limits. There's also a Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection emergency braking system, Side Wind Stabilisation and Active Park Assist that helps to steer the vehicle into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.

Practicalities & Costs

Transit Connect models come as standard with conventionally hinged side-opening twin rear doors that can be specified to swing through 250-degrees and latched against the vehicle's sides. There is the option of a hatchback-like single top-hinged rear door, but if you go for that, then you're going to have trouble getting a forklift close enough to the back of the vehicle to fully fill the space available. That said, the loading height can be as little as 598mm from the ground. Even bulky stuff should go in OK, even in the short wheelbase lowroof version which has a rear door aperture 1145mm high and 1293mm wide. Beyond that, there's a 2.9m3 space - or 3.6m3 if you specify the fold-flat front passenger seat. There's a loadspace length of 1739mm and a loadspace width of 1490mm, narrowing to 1226mm between the wheelarches, wide enough to take a Europallet. Oh and 1193mm of loadspace height. If you're planning to make use of all that capacity, then you'll want to know that the payload capacity can now be as high as 982kgs. But, you know what it's like, there are always going to be occasions when all that won't be quite enough. And if one of those occurs, then you may wish you'd opted for the long wheelbase high roof model, a variant that's 25cm longer overall. Here, the rear door aperture height rises to 1316mm, while the total loadspace volume rises to 3.7m3 - or 4.4m if you specify the fold-flat front passenger seat. That's thanks to a loadspace height increase to 1364mm and a load length increase to 1986mm - which means that you could accommodate pipes of up to 3m long. Smaller loads of course can be loaded in through the sliding side door. One of these is standard, with a second on the options list. In the short wheelbase model, the sliding side door offers an aperture 606mm wide and 1040mm high, but on the longer long wheelbase variant, the width rises to 809mm and the height to 1181mm. To minimise overall cost of ownership, service intervals have been extended on both diesel and petrol variants, with manual diesel vehicles now offering best-in-class variable intervals of up to two years/25,000 miles. The longer service intervals contribute to scheduled maintenance and non-scheduled repair costs that are significantly lower than the primary competition, according to Ford analysis. The latest version of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine incorporates significant changes to the cylinder head, fuel injection and emission-control systems to provide further improvements in fuel-efficiency. New technologies also include cylinder deactivation, which enables the engine to run on two cylinders at low loads, to reduce pumping losses and improve frugality.

Summary

The improved Transit Connect remains a practical, no-nonsense, well-rounded package that still does a very effective job for Ford in appealing to business customers in both the small and not so small panel van sectors. The practicalities still stack up well against obvious rivals in both segments who clearly looked very carefully at what this model has to offer but in many respects, failed to improve upon it. It was just as well though, that the changes wrought upon this improved model were introduced. The introduction of a greener, more refined 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel is welcome, as is the uprated payload and the availability of an improved version of Ford's clever 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit. With electric power in its future, this Connect will continue as an alternative that all small and compact van buyers need to consider. Tough, practical and ready for anything. Just as any Transit should be.

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Vehicle Information
List Price
£25,975.64
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
54.3 MPG
0-62 mph
Engine Size
1.5
No. of Doors
0
CO2
11 g/km
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
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Business Lease
£179.54
Initial Rental (Exc VAT)
£1,615.86
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FORD Transit Connect

1.5 EcoBlue 120ps Trend D/Cab Van

FORD TRANSIT CONNECT
Your Summary
Contract Hire
exc. VAT
£179.54
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,615.86 ex VAT
Contract Term
24 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not included
List Price
£25,975.64
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC