6 September 2021
Occasionally one wonders what would be the result if van makers were allowed to throw all their toys at a vehicle. Normally, sensible bean counters somewhere along the decision process stop the dream before it becomes a reality, but they seem to have been absent in the creation of the Ford Transit Connect Active.
If a commercial vehicle typifies the term ‘lifestyle’ then this is it. Standard kit includes luxuries such as 17-inch alloy wheels, rear view camera, dual zone air conditioning, the latest Sync 3 infotainment system, leather seats, cornering front fog lights, and a couple of smart-looking upgrades including a black mesh grille and a set of roof rails. Our version has had several more toys thrown at it though, with adaptive cruise control and a heated driver’s seat two notable features.
What is perhaps feels a little incongruous next to all this luxury kit, though, is the raised ride height (it’s 24mm at the front and 9mm at the rear) and limited-slip differential. This is a van you can look stylish in and then make short work of a trip across fields and through woods, all at once.
The engine doesn’t quite provide the same level of luxury as it is just the 120PS version of the 1.5-litre diesel that features heavily in the Transit Connect range – you don’t get any extra power or pace versus the lesser models.
This means that the fun, and there is plenty to be had, comes from how the Active handles rather than how quickly it goes. The limited slip diff means that it is really quite entertainingly quick around corners.
The coming few months will see this, and its more conventional practicality, put to test.