2012 Ford Transit Connect Interior
This interior review was written when the 2012 Ford Transit Connect was new.
The interior of the Transit Connect is very utilitarian. Hard plastics abound, and most of the materials favor durability over luxury. Where Ford skimped on class, though, they added in technology that should be helpful for small businesses.
- "The overall look is utilitarian, though patterned upholstery fabric adds a nice touch.” -- Edmunds
- "Interior materials are more durable than rich, reflecting this van's utilitarian slant.” -- Consumer Guide
Though the Transit Connect is designed as a work vehicle, it treats its passengers well enough. Reviewers say the front seats are basic but comfortable, and that they are easy to get in and out of thanks to a particularly low load floor. Transit Connect passenger vans seat up to five passengers in two rows of seats, while cargo models come only with two front seats. Reviewers say that the back seat is a little tight and offers limited family appeal because the back seats aren’t very comfortable compared with minivans.
- "For ferrying people, the Wagon's rear seats offer a firm seat bottom and reasonable elbow room. You're essentially sitting on a bench screwed into the cargo hold, however, and when you consider the lack of amenities, the Transit Connect is certainly better suited to work crews than families.” -- Edmunds
- "Most workers ought to appreciate the ‘normal’ driving position, as the driver is at eye-level more with tall cars and crossovers. The seat is reasonably comfortable and firm, and of course with no bolster, making entry and exit many times a day easy." -- Motor Trend
- "… the seats are excellent, with firm cushions providing good lateral, back and thigh support." -- Autoblog (on the front seats)
- "As in front, headroom is ample. Legroom is also good. Three-abreast seating is possible for short trips. The rear bench has padding that some might find too firm for optimal comfort.” -- Consumer Guide
- "Test vehicle had the optional second row of seats (no third row available). OK for kids, tight for adults." -- USA Today
The Ford Transit Connect is designed for the job site, and its interior features reflect that. The Transit Connect forgoes niceties like power seats or standard power door locks in favor of high-tech workplace essentials. The optional Ford Work Solutions has a tool link system that uses tags to let the driver know if all the tools needed for a job are in the car. An in-car computer system can be equipped with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and you can even opt for an in-car printer to print invoices and receipts. Finally, a crew chief system lets fleet owners tag each Transit Connect in their fleet and track fuel usage, mileage, location and idle time -- something that could spell significant savings for businesses.
Standard features are few, and include an AM/FM radio with two speakers, manual air conditioning, manual windows and an audio input jack. Opting for XLT trim adds cruise control and a CD player. Optional on most models are Ford’s SYNC voice-controlled infotainment system and Bluetooth.
A few test drivers note that the Transit Connect’s navigation system doesn’t work as well as they’d hoped. They say it’s buggy and isn’t as advanced as most other systems.
- "Climate and stereo controls are simple and straightforward. The in-dash computer (which includes a wireless keyboard) is bound to come in handy for folks who spend all day in the field, but it does compromise the usability of some normal car functions such as the stereo.” -- Edmunds
- “One test Transit Connect suffered from a bug that caused the navigation system to shut down unexpectedly and not come back online until the vehicle was shut off for a period of time. The rest of the control system is straightforward, with easy-to-read gauges and low mounted, yet simple climate controls.” -- Consumer Guide
Depending on the model, the Transit Connect can hold up to 118.7 cubic feet of cargo in Wagon models and 129.6 cubic feet in Van models. See the cargo capacities for the model you want at the 2012 Ford Transit Connect specs page.
For the most part, reviewers are pleased with the 129.6 cubic feet of cargo space in the Transit Connect. That's less space than some full-size cargo vans, but it’s almost as much as a full-size SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban.
Reviewers like that the cargo area is easy to access and has a low load floor. However, while some reviewers say there's plenty of space for small businesses, others think the Transit Connect has its limits, noting that a standard sized sheet of plywood may not fit horizontally. If you haul a lot of small items, the Transit Connect may be a good van for you. However, if you have a lot of large, heavy items to move, you may want to check out a larger cargo van like the Nissan NV.
- "Transit Connect boasts a long, low, flat cargo area that should be able to accommodate most anything that you can throw back there. … In-cabin storage consists of a decently sized glovebox and front door pockets. Also included is a shallow tray above the driver and front passenger seats where the windshield meets the headliner.” -- Consumer Guide
- “However, the space is made more usable by a much lower step-in height, a flat load floor that measures 6 feet long and 4 feet wide, and a ceiling height of just less than 5 feet.” -- Edmunds