I never was a fan of vans—until my son came along. Now I can see why they’re so popular, why their toy-swallowing cargo holds and goo-resistant upholstery are so appealing. Heck, I even drive one and I’m not ashamed to admit it. And I wouldn’t be ashamed to drive this snazzy Euro-import Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon. Ford announced that they’ll be offering the civilian version of their work van soon. The family wagon seats five with enough headroom for Sultan Kösen and room leftover for a pair of Border Collies. The XLT Premium Wagon is powered by the same 2.0-liter inline four as its working brother. The engine is good for 136 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque and returns about 26 miles per gallon on the highway. A four-speed autobox is standard equipment. It doesn’t look like Ford will offer the van with the Eurpoean 1.8L Duratorq TDCi Diesel and five-speed manual transmission. It’s a shame because an oil burner with a manual gearbox would be a great combo for those who really want that industrial feel. My personal Ford Transit Connect fantasy: EcoBoost V6 and all-wheel-drive.