2014 Ford Transit Connect carries away International Van of the Year award

The second generation Ford Transit has won the 2013 International Van of the Year award. Mind you the competition wasn’t particularly strong, as the Transit Connect’s closest rivals for the gone were the refreshed Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Renault Kangoo.


The new van is available in both long- and short-wheelbase versions in its native Europe. Petrol engines available on the Transit Connect in Europe include a turbocharged 73kW/170Nm 1-litre 3-cylinder turbo shared with the upgraded WZ Fiesta and a 110kW/240Nm 1.6-litre turbo.

American buyers will also have the option of a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor, while Europeans will likely go for the 1.6-litre turbo-diesel. The diesel engine is offered in 55kW/220Nm, 70kW/230Nm and 85kW/270Nm forms.

Depending on one’s engine choice, a 5- or 6-speed manual, as well as a 6-speed auto, are available. Combined EU fuel economy ratings stretch from 4.1L/100km in the 5-speed manual Econetic to 8L/100km in a 6-speed auto equipped with the 1.6-litre turbo petrol.

Dimensions

Length: 4,418mm (SWB) / 4,818mm (LWB)
Width: 1,835mm (SWB and LWB)
Height: 1,861mm (SWB) / 1,862mm (LWB)
Wheelbase: 2,662mm (SWB) / 3,062mm (LWB)
Cargo volume (VDA): 2.6 cubic metres (SWB) / 3.2 cubic metres (LWB)

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]