Ford Transit Connect
Van - Petrol, Diesel
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Review of "Ford Transit Connect"
And now the long haul to Gold is on!
The company that I now currently work for is a vehicle rental company, and although the majority of what we rent out are cars we do quite often also rent out vans or minibuses that can vary in size - and the Ford Transit Connect is one of them. Marketed as a compact panel van (also known as a 'car derived van), it is a van that is smaller version of its larger counterpart with rear side windows (and often with no rear windows on the very rear of the vehicle either). It is one that has actually been based on the Ford Focus, and its overall size is that of a large car that is not a people carrier - if that makes sense!The van is made up of the driver's cab with one or two further passenger seats, and the rear luggage compartment that is accessed by one sliding side door and two rear doors that open out in the same way that the ones on larger vans or minibuses also do. It has a pretty bulk standard layout in the driving cab, with the gear lever being mounted on the front of the dashboard in front of the radio; the radio is also fairly common of the older style vehicles inasmuch as they are the more than usual bulk standard on/ off switch and tuner to get to whatever station it is that you are after. Generally speaking there is no satellite navigation built in, however on many of the models that I have driven there is a cigarette point which allows you to connect a portable one up to it.
In terms of comfort there really isn't any comfort in this particular van, not like you would get in either a car of its size or a van that is larger. It sounds very tinny on the inside, and you can feel pretty much every bump on the road meaning that the suspension is not that great overall. The seats are bulk standard, and it is apparent that no real attention to detail has been made - OK so it is a mini van that is used to transport goods about, but one would have thought that they would have made it just a little bit more attractive and appealing.There are very few automatic models that are currently in existence, as the majority of them are manual change gear sticks with five forward and one reverse gear. However I have to say that you seem to spend more time trying to get the thing in to gear rather than actually driving it, as for some reason the shift is very stiff and you almost stall the van on a number of occasions. The majority of the vans are 1.6 or 1.8 engines that run on diesel fuel, and are very sluggish on the roads - no matter what type of road you are driving on. Fuel tank capacity is about 60 litres, and with diesel fuel you can run the van for a number of miles before having to refuel it again. Cost wise, new ones that I have seen for sale start at around the £12,000 mark with second hand ones coming in a lot more cheaply - they do seem to lose their value very quickly. And it terms of rental price, it does of course depend on where you go to rent it out.
Overall I have to say that I have been very disappointed with this particular vehicle and I would not rush out to buy or even rent one for myself, I only drive it because it is one that I have to drive on a number of occasions for work. This leaves me with no other real option but to personally not recommend it to you, unless it is one of the very last options for you.Thanks for reading!
Product Information : Ford Transit Connect
Manufacturer's product descriptionVan - Petrol, Diesel
Body Type: Van
Fuel Type: Petrol; Diesel
Range: Ford Transit
Listed on Ciao since: 26/02/2006