First Drive

The story:

Ford's light van competitor gets a mid-life revision
Key rival:Renault Kangoo
On sale:Now
Load length/height/width:1620mm/1244mm/1488mm

Ford’s facelifting of its van range means that its Connect small van gets a revised look inside and out. The Connect also now gets a new diesel engine that has already seen service in various other parts of the Ford range, and which makes the Connect compliant with the latest Euro 6.2 emissions standards.

This engine is a 120hp 1.5-litre diesel, and its official WLTP economy figures are 56.5mpg and 130g/km. As intended when the WLTP test was introduced, these figures should be much more indicative of what you will get in the real world.

Elsewhere, the changes to the van are comprehensive, visually at least. The front end has been brought into line with the rest of the van and car range, while the interior is smarter and better equipped than the previous model. The new seats are a welcome change, while the option of touchscreen infotainment system brings a spot of modernity.

Although there are versions in the Transit Connect range with a decent payload, this is not one of them. The 675kg limit means that this is better suited to lighter loads, which is a shame because the powerful engine is capable of hauling a lot more.

The verdict

Welcome and needed facelift smartens up the popular small van