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Ford Tourneo Connect

The independent definitive Ford Tourneo Connect video review

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    TOUR OPERATOR (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Ford's Tourneo Connect offers families a multi-purpose vehicle that goes large on practicality. Jonathan Crouch reports

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 61

    The Ford Tourneo Connect is a clever and well-engineered people mover that's offered in normal five-seat or long-wheelbase seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect guises and these days gets the frugality of Ford's latest 1.5 TDCi diesel engine. If you like the idea of a rugged, tough commercial-sourced MPV but want a few creature comforts at the same time, here's the perfect compromise.

    Backgroundword count: 175

    Think people mover vehicles and you'll probably think of cars like the Ford C-MAX, the Renault Scenic and the Vauxhall Zafira. Increasingly though, customers looking for true practicality are often finding models like these a little too polished or, to put it bluntly, not something that you'd be willing to pile a wet dog into. It never used to be that way. The first generation of these cars were resolutely practical things. Today, while they still retain the space and the clever folding seats, the ambience is one of club class travel rather than rugged practicality. That's where cars like the Ford Tourneo Connect come in. A gap opens beneath these increasingly glitzy MPVs for something a bit more blue-collar, something that doesn't mind rolling up its sleeves once in a while. This genre of car was popularised by models like the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and the Peugeot Partner Combi. Now Ford has muscled in with the five-seat Tourneo Connect and the seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect. The French aren't going to like this one bit.

    Driving Experienceword count: 213

    Ford offers a decent range of engine options in its Tourneo Connect line-up but for many, the search will begin and end with the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol powerplant that's offered with the five-seater model. This is a cracking little engine that offers a real fizzy power delivery, its turbocharger helping the tiny three-cylinder unit to a respectable 100PS. The only potential issue here is that this version might end up feeling a little breathless if you're regularly driving with the vehicle fully loaded, in which case you might prefer the powerful Bridgend-built 150PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol variant. This also has the benefit of being offered with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Some buyers of course, will countenance nothing but a diesel. To satisfy them, there are two versions of the 1.5-litre TDCi engine with a choice of 100 and 120PS power outputs. The former gets a five-speed manual box, the latter a six-speed. Go for the Grand Tourneo Connect and it's offered solely with diesel power. There's a Powershift automatic option for those who want it. The Tourneo Connect is reasonably quick off the mark when fitted with the 150PS petrol engine, getting to 62mph from a standstill in 11.4 seconds on the way to 104mph. Anything else is a bit more leisurely.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    CO2 (g/km):

    120

    Extra urban mpg:

    55.4

    64.2

    Height (mm):

    1852

    Insurance group:

    4

    9

    Length (mm):

    4418

    Price:

    11971

    15096

    ... and 3 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: MPV People Carriers

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    60%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    100%
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