2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Review

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2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Review By just about every fair definition, the 2014 Ford Transit Connect wagon is actually a minivan. It’s a van. It’s tiny. Ergo, it’s a minivan. Duh. Nevertheless Ford is touting it because the “unminivan,” even turning the phrase right into a hashtag for advertising functions.

2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Review

Still by suggesting the Transit Connect wagon is one thing it’s not or, much more accurately, saying it isn’t a thing it is actually, Ford is muddling what can make the car distinctive. It’s a delightfully easy, fuel-efficient, and space-efficient minibus that’s rather reduced on frills but pretty large on usefulness. It is actually equal components utility van and compact car. As such, it stands in stark contrast for the heavy, bloated road whales at present becoming marketed below that contemporary misnomer of “minivan.” Okay, we suppose, in that respect, it is certainly the “unminivan.”

2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Review

Marketing bluster aside, the Transit Connect is usually rather likable. Dependant on Ford’s global C platform, which also underpins the Emphasis and Escape, amid other products, the Transit Connect drives much more like a tiny car than a minivan or utility automobile, with surprisingly swift turn-in and some semblance of road feel through the wheel. Our check drive was restricted to the confines of Ford’s Dearborn proving ground, wherever the Ford hounds assured us we would preserve sane speeds, but we came away impressed using the Transit Connect’s light-on-its-feet demeanor and also the way during which it frequently quashed entire body motions. Because of its special suspension tuning in contrast together with the cargo van, added sound insulation, and totally lined ceiling and walls, it's substantially quieter than the cargo model with which it shares its slab-sided entire body, extremely stylized dashboard, and fuel-efficient powertrains.

We sampled a short-wheelbase, five-passenger wagon using the optional 178-hp, 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine plus a long-wheelbase, seven-passenger model powered by its only engine, the 169-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Even with three aboard, the short-wheelbase EcoBoost model felt the friskiest-no shock there-with some turbo lag but sufficient scoot when the turbo rush kicked in. The 2.5, for its component, didn’t appear to lack energy under our benign driving regimen, nonetheless it may well want for far more oomph if extra seats had been filled. And for what it is worth, the EcoBoost engine-a $795 alternative on the short-wheelbase model-achieves 1 to two a lot more mpg than the two.5, as outlined by EPA estimates.

2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Review Interior

Most Transit Connect wagon buyers will likely be satisfied with just sufficient performance; for them, the ability to carry men and women and things is far more significant. Ingress and egress certainly are a cinch-there’s no ascent for the driver’s seat, you simply open the tall door and slide in sideways. The rear seats are set equally very low within the framework, amplifying the impression of Notre Dame-like headroom, even though taller passengers could be seeking on the tops of their knees. Fail to remember placing the remainder of the basketball squad in the far back-that space is strictly for kids. Additionally, the second-row seats are rather cumbersome to fold flat and/or attain entry to the third row.


2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Review

Outward vision is great for the front and side and is surely better than the cargo model’s out the rear. The cabin’s ergonomics will likely be acquainted to everyone who’s driven other recent Ford autos. The instruments are housed in the hexagonal cluster, and ancillaries are displayed within a cowl-covered facts screen (with out there MyFord Touch and Sync) perched over banks of stylized audio and climate controls. 

As while in the cargo edition, the Transit Connect wagon features a full-width, aircraft-style shelf above the front visors for small products like, say, an iPad to present motion pictures towards the little ones, because the Transit Connect won't offer you a rear-seat enjoyment program. And, of course, all-in cargo area (104.2 cubic feet of it within the long-wheelbase model) is very unbelievable. Thank you, flat-folding seats, T-square walls, and sky-high roof.

2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Review Features

But alas, there is certainly a palpable cheapness inside that a single never experiences in other modern day minivans, evidenced in glimpses of entire body colour in the A-pillars, exposed seat hardware, and really hard plastics covering pretty much every little thing that you can’t sit or stand on, among other matters. Quite a few on the myriad options taken for granted in minivan-dom-such as out there multizone automated climate manage, premium audio programs, power-sliding doors and liftgates, and sunroofs that open-are missing from your Transit Connect wagon.

2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Review

Then there is the matter of price tag. At $25,520, the cheapest short-wheelbase, five-passenger wagon fees nearly as much as a loaded Mazda five Grand Touring or base C-Max hybrid, the latter attaining approximately 17 far more mpg. A absolutely dressed seven-passenger model with MyFord Touch, leather seats, and a fixed-glass sunroof can surpass $34,000, at which level any amount of “proper” minivans, to say almost nothing of your V-6-powered, seven-passenger Flex, signify really appealing choices.

If there may be a sweet spot to the Transit Connect wagon, it will be in two-row, short-wheelbase type with EcoBoost and Sync. In that five-seat guise, this wagon doesn’t take itself also significantly, with favorable dynamics, fuel efficiency, and bread-box utility. Anything else, and it is attempting to be a true minivan.

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