New Car Review

2019 Ford Transit Connect Van Review

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2019 Ford F150 4x4 Crew Cab Raptor
New 2019 Ford F150
MSRP $71,785
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2019 Ford F150 4x4 SuperCrew
New 2019 Ford F150
MSRP $57,590
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2019 Ford F150 XLT
New 2019 Ford F150
MSRP $53,690
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2019 Ford F250 4x4 Crew Cab Super Duty
New 2019 Ford F250
MSRP $75,015
RELATED READING
See all Ford Transit+Connect articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Karma cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs MAZDA cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Autotrader April 2019

We can thank the European arm of Ford for the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Van. Based on a van that has been rolling around the streets of Europe for years, the Transit Connect is engineered for narrow quarters. Available in two lengths, it can be tailored to a wide range of uses. Later this year, a new turbodiesel joins another new, normally aspirated 4-banger for power.

Versatility plays a major role in this windowless van that comes with dual sliding side doors, and can be fitted with either twin rear doors or a top-hinged lift gate.

What's New for 2019?

Ford significantly updated the Transit Connect for 2019 with two new powertrain choices and a new 8-speed automatic transmission. SYNC 3 with a 6.5-in touchscreen is now standard on the XLT, as well as the Limited. Pre-Collision Assist with emergency braking, side-wind stabilization and a rearview camera are standard across all trim levels. See the 2019 Ford Transit Connect models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Small and nimble package
  • Reasonably priced
  • Two wheelbase lengths

What We Don't

  • Modest towing capacity
  • Lowest trim level is sparsely equipped

How Much?

$25,395-$28,340

Fuel Economy

Ford provides a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine as the standard mill for the Transit. It generates 150 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque. A new 1.5-liter turbodiesel, actually considered a 2020 upgrade, is now scheduled for fall 2019 release. Ford says it will deliver 169 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel consumption for the 2L at 24 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in combined driving. The EPA has yet to release mileage estimates for the turbo diesel, but Ford promises at least 30 mpg on the highway.

Standard Features & Options

The 2019 Ford Transit Connect van has two seats as standard and comes in XL or XLT trim. There is a regular-wheelbase (104.8 inches) version and an extended-wheelbase (120.6 in) configuration. All pricing reflects the factory delivery charge.

The XL SWB ($25,395)/LWB ($26,395) starts with 16-in steel wheels, remote keyless entry, power windows, air conditioning, vinyl upholstery and floor covering, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a folding front passenger seat, Pre-Collision Assist with emergency braking, a rearview camera, FordPass Connect smartphone integration, and an AM/FM stereo with two speakers and an auxiliary audio input.

The XLT SWB ($27,340)/LWB ($28,340) adds power-adjustable heated outboard mirrors, auto-on headlights, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, a 4.2-in driver information display with steering wheel controls, cloth upholstery, MyKey, smartphone wireless charging, FordPass Connect, SYNC 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio and smart charging ports.

Options include the SYNC 3 infotainment system (XL) and a navigation system (XLT). Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, auto-dimming rearview mirror, lane-keeping assist, rear parking sensors and cruise control are among the options on both trims.

Regarding cargo space, short-wheelbase versions have 103.9 cu ft., while long-wheelbase versions have 128.6 cu ft.

Safety

Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, stability control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags for each seating row. Pre-Collision Assist with emergency braking is standard. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert are options.

In government crash tests, the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Van received an impressive five stars out of five overall, including four stars for front impacts and five stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn't tested the Transit Connect.

Behind the Wheel

The dashboard consists of no-nonsense materials, and its tidy control layout is like the Focus. We like the standard LED lights in the cargo section. And there's a nimbleness to the way the van drives. If someone has to pilot this all the time for work, it won't be drudgery. The only real letdown is the modest 2,000-lb towing capacity.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris -- Bigger and more expensive, but still a useful, well-judged size and perfectly capable.

2019 Nissan NV200 -- The NV200 was designed to compete with the Transit Connect, although it doesn't offer a long-wheelbase option.

2019 Ram ProMaster City -- Also based on a European van, with class-leading power and excellent carrying abilities.

Used Ford Transit -- Bigger than the Transit Connect, but still useful for city work.

Autotrader's Advice

Which way you go -- XL or XLT -- depends mostly on your budget. Because much of the XLT's upgrades are connectivity enhancements, that's the way we would go. We also like XLT's cloth seating versus the XL's vinyl-covered ones. In either case, we would also opt for the cruise control and blind spot monitoring. Find a Ford Transit Connect for sale

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2019 Ford F150 4x4 Crew Cab Raptor
New 2019 Ford F150
MSRP $71,785
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2019 Ford F150 4x4 SuperCrew
New 2019 Ford F150
MSRP $57,590
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2019 Ford F150 XLT
New 2019 Ford F150
MSRP $53,690
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2019 Ford F250 4x4 Crew Cab Super Duty
New 2019 Ford F250
MSRP $75,015
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2019 Ford Transit Connect Van Review - Autotrader