Currently reading: New Ford Tourneo Connect PHEV boasts 68-mile EV range
Van-based MPV is one of the longest-range plug-in hybrids on sale; gains high specification as standard

Ford has added a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the Tourneo Connect MPV, touting a 68-mile electric-only range – one of the longest of any PHEV on sale today.

The powertrain takes after that of the larger Tourneo Custom in featuring a 1.5-litre petrol engine, a high-voltage battery and a front-mounted electric motor.

The system sends a combined 147bhp and 258lb ft of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The battery can be charged at speeds of up to 50kW and is likely the same as that used in the closely related Volkswagen Caddy eHybrid, which hasn't yet reached the UK market.

The Ford's driver can choose between four modes: EV Now, in which the car uses the electric motor only, EV Auto, which lets the car decide which power source is best in the given situation; EV Later, in which drive comes from the petrol engine only; and EV Reserve, in which the battery charge is held for use later on.

The PHEV powertrain is available in both the five-seat Tourneo Connect and the seven-seat, long-wheelbase Grand Tourneo Connect.

Boot space hasn't been compromised by the addition of the hybrid powertrain, with 3100 litres on offer when the third row of seats is removed. 

Three specifications are offered: Trend, Titanium and off-road-esque Active.

As standard, cars come with 16in alloy wheels and a 10.0in digital instrument panel. Higher-grade models get chrome exterior detailing, larger 17in alloys and a panoramic-glass roof.

A multitude of driver assistance technologies come as standard, including pre-collision assistance, lane-keeping assistance, driver awareness alert, adaptive cruise control, hill-start assistance and front and rear parking sensors.

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With order books opening in summer and deliveries scheduled for shortly after that, the Tourneo Connect PHEV will join the Tourneo Custom PHEV and fully electric versions of the five-seat Tourneo Courier and eight-seat Tourneo Custom.

Ford of Europe's Tourneo brand manager, Rich Hughes, said: “[The] Tourneo Connect is all about capability and flexibility, and the new PHEV option adds more of both. Whether doing the school run, going on adventures or even using it as a work vehicle, [the] Tourneo Connect PHEV’s generous electric driving range means that it can electrify many of the journeys in our customers’ busy lifestyles."

Jonathan Bryce

Jonathan Bryce
Title: Editorial Assistant

Jonathan is an editorial assistant working with Autocar. He has held this position since March 2024, having previously studied at the University of Glasgow before moving to London to become an editorial apprentice and pursue a career in motoring journalism. 

His role at work involves writing news stories, travelling to launch events and interviewing some of the industry's most influential executives, writing used car reviews and used car advice articles, updating and uploading articles for the Autocar website and making sure they are optimised for search engines, and regularly appearing on Autocar's social media channels including Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

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ianp55 21 March 2024

It's no more than a rebadged VW Caddy with very little Ford input, it's quite a good car being based on the VAG MQB platform the only problem being is that it's much more expensive than the Citroen Berlingo and it's stable mates which do as good a job and are better equipped. Ford UK have never really promoted any of the generations the Tourneo Connect  which seems a pity it deserves better