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2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Review

As a family hauler, the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon may not be the ideal choice, but it’s roomy and offers many popular convenience features. A bit more manageable than a typical minivan, it is easy to maneuver and park. The ride is a bit stiffer than a regular minivan, but it’s hard to argue with its cargo space.

Based on a Ford van that has seen plenty of action in Europe, the Transit Connect is well tested. It may not impress bystanders, but you will appreciate its versatility and capability.

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 grades. See the 2019 Ford Transit Connect models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Small and nimble package
  • Reasonably priced.Two wheelbase lengths
  • Pre-collison assist standard on all trim levels

What We Don’t

  • Lower trim levels are sparsely equipped
  • So-so fuel economy
  • No slide or recline function for the second-row seats

How Much?

$28,140-$32,890

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 is actually considered a 2020 upgrade, but it’s 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 2.0-liter engine 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 turbodiesel, but Ford promises at least 30 mpg on the highway.

Standard Features & Options

The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon is a passenger vehicle based on the Transit Connect cargo van with full windows all around, dual sliding side doors and a choice of rear cargo doors (that open 180 degrees) or a tailgate. Ford currently offers it in only the long-wheelbase (120.6 inches) configuration. A short-wheelbase (104.8 inches) version will be available with the 1.5-liter turbodiesel.

The short-wheelbase Wagon has five seats, while the long-wheelbase Wagon adds a third seating row for 7-passenger capacity. Both the second-row and third-row seats fold flat and can be removed. Ford has only posted pricing for long-wheelbase models. They come in XL, XLT and Titanium grades. All pricing includes factory delivery charge.

The XL trim ($28,140) comes only with the long wheelbase, along with three seating rows, power second-row windows, front dual-zone auto climate control, rear manual climate controls and rear parking sensors.

Other equipment includes 16-in steel wheels, remote keyless entry, cruise control, power windows, vinyl upholstery and floor covering, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an 110-volt power outlet, a folding front passenger seat, FordPass Connect smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity, Pre-Collision Assist with emergency braking, a rearview camera, and an AM/FM stereo with a 4.2-in display and an auxiliary input, plus a couple of rear speakers.

The XLT ($29,775) has a self-dimming rearview mirror, 16-in alloy wheels, power heated outboard mirrors, fog lights, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, roof rails, cloth upholstery, a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, SYNC 3 with a 6.5-in touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a CD player, four speakers at the front, wireless phone charging, Ford MyKey with programmable usage restrictions, voice control and a rearview camera. There are no rear climate controls with the short-wheelbase XLT.

The Titanium ($32,890) brings LED fog lights, power-folding side mirrors, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an upgraded infotainment system with navigation, HID headlights and heated front seats.

Some of the higher-end standard features are available as options on lesser models. Other options — depending on trim and configuration — include navigation, a fixed panoramic sunroof, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, satellite/HD radio and front parking sensors.

When the second-row seats in the short-wheelbase version are folded down, cargo space measures 77.1 cu ft. If the seats are in place, there’s still a considerable 46.9 cu ft.

Long-wheelbase versions can accommodate 104.2 cu ft. of cargo space behind the front seats. Behind the second row, it’s 58.9 cu ft. With the third row set as far forward as it will go, there’s 19.8 cu ft. When it’s moved back as far as possible for legroom, there’s 15.7 cu ft.

In both versions, the back seats fold down to form a completely flat load floor.

Safety

Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, hill-start assist, stability control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags for each seating row. Ford’s Curve Control is also standard. This feature is essentially a more sophisticated form of stability control, where it can cut engine power and apply the brakes automatically if necessary.

In government crash tests, the Transit Connect Wagon received an impressive five stars out of five overall, including four stars for front impacts and five stars for side impacts. It hasn’t been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Behind the Wheel

The 2019 Transit Connect Wagon’s dashboard consists of no-nonsense materials, and its tidy control layout is similar to the Focus. Equipment levels range from sparse in the XL to almost lavish in the Titanium, which provides many convenience features for family-minded buyers. The second and third rows of seats have sensible contours, and the tall roof means plenty of headroom in all seating positions.

Ride and handling feel agile and composed. However, some bigger road bumps will be felt and heard in the cabin.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van — Bigger and more expensive, but still a useful, well-judged size and perfectly capable. Now comes with the choice of a longer wheelbase.

2019 Ram ProMaster City Wagon — Also based on a European van, with class-leading power. No option for a third row, though.

Used Toyota Sienna — Spacious, comfortable and more family-friendly. It’s also the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive.

Autotrader’s Advice

If fitting the 2019 Ford Transit Connect into your budget is a primary concern, we suggest going with the XL then turning to the options list to upgrade to cloth seating and SYNC 3. Otherwise, we’d go with the XLT. Find a Ford Transit Connect for sale

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