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Ford adds Active variant of Tourneo Connect MPV, priced from £21,285 and available to order now
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20 July 2020

Ford’s range of adventure-focused Active models has further expanded, with the van-based Tourneo Connect people carrier now available to order in the rugged trim. 

Priced from £21,285 excluding VAT (or £21,675 excluding VAT if you want the Transit Connect van version), with deliveries pegged for the end of the year, the Tourneo Connect joins the Active and Trail versions of the Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom that were revealed last month.

Like those vans, the changes for the Active are largely cosmetic but are designed to be purposeful in aiding off-road ability. Front and rear skidplates feature along with plastic cladding on the body sides, mirror caps, wheel arches and rear bumper, plus the ride height is raised by 24mm. 

The vehicles can also be specified with a mechanical limited-slip differential, developed with driveline specialists Quaife, which transfers engine torque to the wheel with the most traction in low-grip scenarios.

The traction control system has also been revised to reap the benefits of the differential, which is similar to that used on Ford Performance models such as the Focus RS

Active models also receive bespoke trim, including 17in alloy wheels in polished metal, a signature mesh front grille and new seat patterns with contrasting blue detailing. A host of driver assistance features are also thrown in. 

The Tourneo and Transit Connect Active are powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine making 99bhp or 118bhp and offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or eight-speed automatic. The differential is available only with the more powerful manual option.

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The Tourneo Connect, left, is the five-seater; on the right is the Grand Tourneo Connect which is available with seven seats

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20 July 2020

 Like a 30% shrunk Transit, I'd like it to succeed, but I can't get past the small delivery Van look.

20 July 2020

I've always rated the Tourneo Connect as one of the hidden gems in the Ford UK lineup, it's tough,keenly priced and has an enormous amount of interior space to boot,hopefully the Active version will bring new colours and interior fabric to the mix, I'm surprised that the petrol Ecoboost engine hasn't been reintroduced into the UK lineup it's PSA and VW rivals have a petrol option which may cost Ford sales

21 July 2020
I looked at one of these for carrying the kids and their various paraphernalia. The punny engine options made the decision easy, they would seem vastly underpowered when fully loaded. VW did do a Caddy 148hp diesel which seemed more than up to the job. I changed tack and went Alhambra instead.

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