Four light vans to look out for: Fiat Doblo Cargo, Ford Transit Connect, Peugeot Partner & Renault Kangoo Van ZE

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017


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Ford Transit Connect

Ford’s Transit Connect comes with a 1.6-litre diesel engine and three power outputs: 75hp, 95hp or 115hp. It is also marketed as a 100hp 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol, and Econetic, Double Cab-in-Van and Kombi models are available too.

In 95hp LWB in Trend spec there’s no lack of head or shoulder room behind the wheel, although there is a touch too much engine and tyre noise in the cab, and the middle seat is microscopic. That seat can turn into a desk, however.

Access to the cargo box is via a single, sliding, nearside door plus opaque twin rear doors. The Connect comes with an unglazed, full-height, steel bulkhead that bulges into the cargo area, creating more room for the seats but stealing cargo space. 8ft×4ft sheets can still fit, though. The cargo box’s best feature is the load-through facility in the bulkhead, which extends the cargo bed for long items.

With plenty of torque on offer low down the rev range, the Connect digs in nicely up inclines when heavily laden. Top-end performance isn’t an issue either, although we missed a sixth gear on motorways. But the gear change is slick, and the handling acceptable.

Sample model: 1.5TDCi L1 220

Engine size    1.5-litre
Payload    789kg
Load volume    2.6m3
Combined mpg 58.9mpg
CO2    124g/km
Price (ex VAT) £14,971


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