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
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.
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 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.
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