- 1 What’s New In Ford Transit Connect 2019
- 2 A Quick Review – What Does Transit Connect Have To Offer?
- 3 Creature Comfort And Safety Features
- 4 How Does the Car Feel On The Road?
- 5 Above-Average Comfort And Cargo Space For This Price Range
- 6 Performance And Fuel Consumption
- 7 Configurations And Wheelbases Review
- 8 The Trim Levels: Pricing, Features, And Specs
- 9 The Trim Levels: Checking The Passenger Van
- 10 The Verdict: My Final Ratings
What’s New In Ford Transit Connect 2019
- Builds Up On The 2nd-gen introduced in 2014
- Brand-new engines (both diesel and gasoline)
- Paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission
- Smartphone integration is available on the most basic trims
- FCW (with pedestrian detection) is standard on all trims
- A very flexible and versatile vehicle
- More enjoyable on the road than most rivals
- Practical, roomy, yet compact
- Features an impressive list of driver-assist elements
- The engines aren’t as powerful as you might expect
- The “sporty” ride quality might require some getting used to
- The Titanium trim is expensive
- Nissan NV200
- Mercedes-Benz Metris
- RAM ProMaster City
- Chevrolet City Express
|Starting price: 24.1K USD||Number of seats: 2 with cargo van, 7 with passenger van||Powertrain: 162hp @ 6500rpm|
|EPA Estimates: 25mpg combined||Configurations: cargo van/passenger van||Warranty: 3years/36K miles|
A Quick Review – What Does Transit Connect Have To Offer?
Back when Ford first revealed the Transit Connect concept, very few folks thought that it would be a good choice for the regular drivers. Initially, it was intended for cab companies looking for something affordable and capable. However, these days, this is quite a popular pick for big families looking for an all-around solid hauler with seating for 7 passengers.
True, the market of compact vans isn’t nearly as big, as, say, that of crossover SUVs or sedans, but it’s getting more attention with each year. The commercial edition of this vehicle is doing great on the market: it has a series of pros that business owners from around the globe appreciate. But let’s focus on the passenger van. First of all, it’s available with two engines. Plus, they’re both paired to an 8-speed automatic, which means better fuel economy and ride quality.
Creature Comfort And Safety Features
On the outside, Ford Transit Connect 2019 looks and feels a lot more like a regular car rather than a van. The company is calling it a passenger wagon, and that’s probably the best way to describe it. On the inside, you’ll find an impressive level of comfort and technological advancements. The seats are brand-new, and they won’t make you feel cramped up during a long ride.
Add improved ergonomics, Smartphone integration, and a clever infotainment system (Sync 3), and you’ll get an all-around amazing vehicle. First of all, it’s not as big and bulky as the traditional minivans, and the price-tag is significantly lower. Secondly, it performs exceptionally during crash tests and comes with a long list of safety features, including FCW, pedestrian detection, and emergency braking.
How Does the Car Feel On The Road?
Hands down, Ford Transit Connect 2019 is one of the best-driving models in this segment. As a compact van, it’s quite nimble, and you won’t ever feel bored in the driver’s seat.
Responsive steering, above-average handling, and strong breaks make it almost feel like you’re behind the wheel of a large SUV, not a van. Besides, body control is better than in some popular wagons, and you never lose the feeling of being connected to the road.
Interesting fact: the latest Transit Connect has the same underpinnings as Focus, Ford’s famous sedan/hatchback. That partially explains why it’s so flexible and gets into even the tightest turns with relative ease. The suspension also deserves the highest praise: it makes sure ride quality is well above average and the passengers never feel the bumps on the road.
Above-Average Comfort And Cargo Space For This Price Range
Visibility, comfort level, and interior materials will make you feel like you’re inside of a crossover SUV, not a van.
It is very easy to get inside the car – both for the front and back riders. The third-row seats aren’t as roomy as the front-/second-row seats, but you’ll be able to “fit” adults there. Overall, Ford Transit Connect 2019 is a fantastic vehicle in terms of comfort.
No matter which trim/configuration you end up with, this van can tow anything up to 2K pounds, which is an average result for this segment. Let’s take a quick look at how much cargo space the drivers will get. With the short wheelbase, it’s gonna be 47 cubic feet with the seats up, and 78 cubic feet with the seats folded. The longer wheelbase offers up to 104 cubic feet with the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats folded (59 with only the 3rd row down and 15.7 with all them up).
Performance And Fuel Consumption
The entry-level engine is a 2.0-lit 4-cylinder; a 1.5-lit turbo-diesel is also available. The first engine features the start/stop technique that allows it to save up some fuel, especially in the city, where you stop and hit the brakes more often than on the highway. The diesel, on the other hand, doesn’t look like a very good offer. The thing is – gas isn’t that expensive these days, and Ford’s estimate of 30mph highway isn’t a very convincing deal.
All three trims in the passenger wagon configuration have the following fuel consumption averages: 24mpg city/29hwy. These are quite standard numbers for the segment (and for a vehicle of this size, by the way). Yes, the powertrain output isn’t particularly exciting, and at times, you might even feel like the engines are struggling a bit (especially when full of passengers and cargo). But, they do get the job done.
Configurations And Wheelbases Review
Alright, now let us talk about the trim levels of Ford Transit Connect 2019 in details and see which one(s) suit you best. As you can see in the photos, on the outside, all the trims look basically the same. It’s the interior and the techy features that make all the difference. Both cargo and passenger configurations offer several trims to pick from.
Please keep in mind that while the passenger van is available in the entry-level XL, XLT, and the premium Titanium, the cargo van is only available in XL and XLT. Plus, you can choose between short and long wheelbases with both configurations. It goes without saying that the Ford Transit Connect 2019 passenger van is a lot more comfortable (and techy).
The Trim Levels: Pricing, Features, And Specs
The XL passenger wagon is available for 26.8K. XLT can be yours for 28.5K. And finally, Titanium costs 31.6K. The cargo van, in turn, is significantly cheaper. You can get the basic XL trim for 24.1K, while XLT is offered for 26K. But, as mentioned in the beginning, we’ll focus on the passenger trims today, as they are more popular and offer more comfort, techy features, and better riding quality.
To put it simply, the cargo configuration is all about two people (yes, it’s a 2-seater) carrying around commercial stuff (and towing up to 2K pounds). As for the passenger van/wagon, Ford is trying to make it a family-friendly option, and, judging by the sales, they’re doing a pretty decent job.
The Trim Levels: Checking The Passenger Van
XL, the standard trim, comes with FCW, air conditioning, rear power windows, emergency braking, and even pedestrian detection, as mentioned earlier. XLT, in turn, adds cloth upholstery, a 6.5-inch touchscreen for the Sync 3 infotainment system, and wireless charging, to name a few. HD radio, 6 speakers (against 4 in XL), and 16-inch wheels are also part of the deal.
If you’re looking for the most comfortable Ford Transit Connect 2019, the short-wheelbase Titanium is your best pick.
In terms of comfort, the Titanium trim is on par with Ford’s best crossover SUVs.
Foglights, headlights, a bigger screen, a better sound system, and a leather-seated driver’s seat (adjustable) with PEPS are just some of the highlights.
Add dual-zone (automatic) climate control, rear-seat climate control, carpeted covering for the 1st and 2nd rows, cruise control, 2 cup holders, and keyless entry, and you’ll get yourself a bargain.
The Verdict: My Final Ratings
Summing up, I want to say that Ford Transit Connect 2019 managed to impress me. As we’ve learned today, it is affordable, feels good on the road (but not ideal, though), gives the customers a lot to choose from, and is quite spacious and tech-savvy. If you’re looking for a large enough car to “accommodate” your big family, this vehicle should definitely be on your list of top-3 options. My final rating is 7/10.
Compared to the rivals, it holds it’s own pretty well. For example, Nissan’s NV200 is 2K cheaper, but it consumes more fuel, has a weaker engine, and less passenger volume. ProMaster City by RAM, in turn, is equal in pricing, but it has a stronger powertrain, less torque, more cargo space, and equal ride quality. With all these models being very similar to each other, it’s up to you to decide which one is best.
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