Ford Tourneo Connect (2014–)

Last updated 1 October 2018

 
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Hugely practical, up to 16 seating configurations, based on the excellent Transit Connect van, impressive range of engines, good quality interior.
Boxy looks won't appeal to all, not the most exciting drive.
Updated 1 October 2018

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Introduction

The Tourneo Connect is based on the awarding winning Transit Connect van and boasts an upmarket appearance and impressive range of engines. However, the key to its appeal lies in its durable and practical nature. Indeed, the five-seat Tourneo Connect offers a whopping 2410 litres of space behind the front seats, while the 60/40 split rear seats ensure that you’ll never be short of options when it comes to moving large items.

The seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect breaks new ground by offering rear seating which folds quickly and easily into a flat, unobstructed luggage platform with up to 2620 litres of space. The third row seats also slide to allow owners the choice between extra legroom or increased luggage space. In total, there are 16 seating configurations, which makes it suitable for families or those who need a car that can double up as a van.

The five-seat Tourneo Connect can be specified with the 100PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which emits 129g/km CO2 and returns a claimed 50.4mpg. There’s also a diesel option, in the form of the 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engine with a choice of 95PS and 115PS power outputs, delivering a claimed 61.4mpg and 120g/km CO2 emissions.

In late 2015 Ford replaced the 1.6-litre diesel with a 1.5-litre TDCi engine with CO2 emissions of 101g/km and claimed fuel economy of 64.2mpg. Power outputs were also increased, with 75PS, 100PS and 120PS. However, the Grand Tourneo Connect lost its 1.6 EcoBoost option in the shake-up, making it diesel-only. 

All of the powerplants work well with the five or six-speed manual ‘boxes, depending on what unit you choose. There are three trims to choose from - Style, Zetec and Titanium – with standard kit impressive across the board. Indeed, even the entry level Style models get DAB radio, steering wheel controls and dual sliding doors.

Ford has struck a winning combination with the Tourneo Connect by combining the robust and durable nature of a small panel van with all of the practicalities and comfort you’d expect from a large MPV. What’s more, the large and likable Ford is excellent value for money, undercutting the competition on price, without compromising on quality.

Ford Grand Tourneo Connect 1.5 TDCi Long Term Test

List Price from £14,815 +VAT
Buy new from £14,280 +VAT
Contract hire from £255.17 +VAT pm
 

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