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Ford Transit Connect Limited Deranged Edition

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  • Vehicle Length: 4418mm
  • Load Height: 1269mm
  • Load Length: 1817mm
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Payload: 585kg

Vehicle Description

This conversion includes:
- Gloss black front lower splitter
- Honeycomb mesh grille with Deranged metal shield emblem
- Factory plastic side sill finished in body colour
- Metal tube side bars fitted in body colour
- Factory rear bumper finished in body colour
- Roof lip spoiler fitted in body colour
- 16” gloss black OEM wheels
- Rear and front door decals

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. This revised version gets a smarter look, a classier cabin and a more 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 new 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 to this revised model 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 £16,000 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 and 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 be as high as 1,000kgs. 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 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 Specification

Interior Features

  • 6 Lashing Points For Securing Loads
  • 8 Way Adjustable Drivers Seat
  • Bulkhead - Load Through Hatch
  • Cloth Upholstery
  • Dual Fold Flat Passenger Seat With Storage Box
  • Glovebox With Lid
  • Heated Driver's Seat
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Load Compartment Led Lights
  • Overhead Stowage
  • Plastic Cargo Area Lining
  • Reach And Rake Adjustable Steering Column
  • Manual air conditioning

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth With Usb Box
  • Cruise Control With Speed Limiter
  • Easy Fuel Capless Refuelling System
  • Pas
  • Reverse Parking Sensor
  • Trip Computer
  • Voice Control System
  • SYNC Emergency Assistance

Exterior Features

  • Automatic Lights And Wipers
  • Body Colour Side Protection Mouldings
  • Body Coloured Door Handles
  • Body Coloured Door Mirrors
  • Body Coloured Front Bumper
  • Chrome Front Grille
  • Chrome Head Lamp Bezels
  • Electrically Folding And Heated Door Mirrors
  • Front Electric Windows With Anti-Trap And Driver's One Touch Function
  • Heated Windscreen With Heated Door Mirrors And Washer Jets
  • Cornering front fog lights and head lights
  • Side loading door - left
  • Solid paint
  • Unglazed rear doors

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang 878
  • Height 1861
  • Length 4418
  • Load Deck Height 599
  • Load Height 1269
  • Load Length 1817
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches 1226
  • Load Width 1538
  • Lower Rear Door Width 1248
  • Rear Door Height 1136
  • Rear Overhang 878
  • Side Load Door Height 1228
  • Side Load Door Width 612
  • Turning Circle - Kerb To Kerb 11.3
  • Turning Circle - Wall To Wall 11.7
  • Wheelbase 2662
  • Width (Excluding Mirrors) 1835
  • Width (Including Mirrors) 2137

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 60
  • Gross Train Weight 2925
  • Gross Vehicle Weight 2005
  • Max. Roof Load 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 725
  • Minimum Kerbweight 1420
  • No. Of Seats 2
  • Payload 585
  • Plated 2Nd Axle 1050
  • Plated Front Axle 1125

Performance

  • Bhp 120
  • Engine Power Kw 88

General

  • Did At Least One Aspect Of This Vehicles Safety Give Cause For Concern? No
  • Badge Engine Cc 1.5
  • Badge Power 120
  • Clutch Single Dry Plate
  • Exhaust System Catalytic Converter
  • Front Brakes Discs
  • Front Suspension Macpherson Struts
  • Ghost Model For Valuation Purposes No
  • Hand Brake Rear
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
  • Rear Brakes Drum
  • Rear Suspension Single Leaf Springs
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
  • Service Interval Mileage 20000
  • Special Edition No
  • Special Order No
  • Standard Manufacturers Warranty - Mileage 100000
  • Standard Manufacturers Warranty - Years 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 120
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage 150000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class N1

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Accessories

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  • Tow Bar - Single Electrics

    £400

    Single 7 pin electrics also known as 12(N), can be fitted as standard to any tow bar. They provide power from your tow bar to the lights of your pickup. 

    The benefits of the Single Electric Tow Bar include:

    • Keeps your pickup truck visible

     

    Montly Costs

    • 24 Months - £15.38pm
    • 36 Months - £10.53pm
    • 48 Months - £8.00pm
    • 60 Months - £6.45pm
    Prices quoted are estimated and may vary depending on the finance product chosen and the initial rental. Please contact us for a tailored quote.
  • Tow Bar - Twin Electrics

    £450

    Twin 7 pin electrics also known as 12(S), can be fitted as standard to any tow bar. They provide power from your tow bar to the lights of your pickup. If you're only going to be towing a trailer this is all you need.

    The benefits of the Twin Electric Tow Bar include:

    • Keeps your pickup truck visible

     

    Montly Costs

    • 24 Months - £17.31pm
    • 36 Months - £11.84pm
    • 48 Months - £9.00pm
    • 60 Months - £7.26pm
    Prices quoted are estimated and may vary depending on the finance product chosen and the initial rental. Please contact us for a tailored quote.

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Customer Reviews

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Joanne Collins said on November 22 2018

Best van for our needs. Small enough to park in London bays and all car parks but big enough to get 6 tread steps in with all the tools you need. 45+ to the gallon even when in town. Very comfortable, heated seat and screen handy this week!!

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Helen Roper said on October 30 2018

Very happy with the vehicle

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Steven Cawdery said on October 15 2018

Great for purpose required

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Colin Hook said on September 06 2018

Overall a good van. I did expect a bit more grunt out of the engine though. I had an Astra van 120ps beforehand and that had plenty of power, this I could do with a bit more.

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Neil Mcleod said on September 04 2018

Great van so far, prefer driving it to our 16 plate golf now. Passenger seat not nearly as comfy as the drivers on longer journeys though.

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