Ford Tourneo Connect
- Cavernous five-seater interior
- Sliding rear doors aid access
- Diesel proves cheap to run
- Surprisingly good to drive
The Ford Tourneo Connect may have got to market later that its Citreon, Peugeot and Fiat counterparts but they say good things come to those who wait.
Being based on the Ford Transit Connect Van, this MPV aims to shake the industry and remove control away from the current leaders.
The Ford Tourneo Connect Design
With an upright body and boxy look, the van inspired design oozes practicality; while maintaining the traditional Ford aesthetics, we’ve come to love.
The massive wheel arches, straight angles and iconic aggressive front face all add to the character of this not so little car.
Entering the car gives an overwhelming sense of space in which there is a lot.
The dashboard layout will be familiar with many of the controls resembling modern Ford cars. Everything is easily accessible to the driver, including the four 12v sockets. All dials, knobs and buttons provide a satisfying amount of feedback which is excellent while concentration on the road.
Much of the interior use plastics shared with its van counterpart, making them durable and resilient. However, that does mean that the inside of the Tourneo Connect is far less luxurious than other MPVs.
If you’re looking at models with the reversing camera and sat-nav, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well presented and integrated they both are.
The Tourneo Connect offers plenty of storage options with deep door pockets capable of storing 1.5-litre bottles, lidded gloveboxes, a deep storage shelf above the windscreen and copious amounts of other options scattered around the cabin. Trust us; you won’t be wondering where to put your odds and ends with this car.
The biggest asset to Tourneo Connect is easily it’s generous boot space. Keep the seats up, and you get a fantastic 1,029 litres of capacity; while folding the seats flat will net you a gigantic 1.8 metres long, 2,410-litre maximum capacity.
With so much space within the Tourneo Connects cabin none of the up to five adults that this car can hold will be complaining about let room. Put directly, head and, legroom is incredibly generous and is made to feel more prominent by the cars glass roof.
Air conditioning comes standard, which helps maintain a comfortable and refreshing atmosphere on hot days. However, only the Zetec model comes with duel-climate controls.
Zetec and Titanium models have rear windows that are controlled electrically, though it is an optional extra on the Style trim versions. Generally, the visibility from anywhere within the cabin is excellent.
The Titanium model also comes with tray tables on the backs of seats making for a handy and convenient way for rear passengers to snack or play board games on long drives.
Drivers of all heights will be comfortable, with a lot of options for seat and steering wheel adjustment.
The Ford Tourneo Connect achieved the highest five-star NCAP rating with all variants having high and ultra-high-strength steel placed at crucial points of the vehicle.
Depending on the model, safety features can include:
- Anti-lock breaks (ABS)
- Electronic stability control (ESC)
- Day running lights
- Automatic headlights
- Automatic windscreen wipers
- Seatbelt reminders
- Front and side airbags
- Two rear ISOFIX mounting fixtures
With engines designed for low power and non-aerodynamic body shape, the Ford Tourneo Connect’s performance isn’t the best on the market. That said, emissions for each are moderate with great mpg.
There are three diesel options which all use the 1.6L TDCi.
The lower-powered 94bhp version has a traditional 5-speed gearbox and offers up to 285Nm of torque. Reaching a top speed of 100mph, it has a slow 0-62 time of 14.7s. The lack of power is made up for with a low 130g/km CO2 emission and good 56.5mpg average.
Next up is the 113bhp diesel which has a six-speed gearbox and offers 285Nm of pull. The max-speed is 103mph, and it can reach 62mph in a reasonable for class 13.8s. Fuel efficiency is better than the less powerful version at 58.9mpg and a CO2 figure of 130g/km.
The final Diesel option is to add Fords ‘Fuel Economy’ pack. It offers additional features such as start/stop and provides an extra 10Nm of torque on your chosen model. The performance will be the same. However, efficacy will improve to 120g/km of CO2 emissions and up to 61.4mpg.
There are two petrol versions available on the Ford Tourneo Connect.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost offers 99bhp and 170Nm of torque. It feels a little underwhelming, with the size and shape of the vehicle negatively affecting the drive. Fuel is a little worse than the diesel (duh) with averages being around 50.4mpg and 129g/km of CO2 emissions.
With the 1.6-litre petrol version, you get a 6-speed automatic gearbox that reaches speeds up to 108mph.
Fuel and emission efficiency suffers a little with averages of 184g/km for CO2 emissions and lack-lustre 35.3mpg
Despite the hefty size and shape of the Ford Tourneo Connect, it drives just like a regular car and can feel quite nippy at times.
Steering is responsive and gives a surprising amount of feedback from the front tyres, which goes a long way to reassuring drivers new to the bigger class of family cars.
More still, the electronic stability features help the car feel confident on the road. There is a noticeable amount of body roll, though not enough to make anyone feel uncomfortable.
Our thoughts of the Ford Tourneo Connect
Overall, we feel that Ford has created an excellent MPV that can easily rival the likes of the Citreon Berlingo. It’s comfortable for all occupants and drives much like a typical family car.
We’d recommend the more powerful 1.6L diesel with Fords ‘Fuel Economy’ pack as it provides the best balance of power, efficiency and cost.
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