That’s because the Connect family is based on Ford’s current Global C platform, which, among other things, means that the car gets a rear torsion beam rather than the leaf spring design that featured on the previous model. Not that the shared commonality of some of the underpinning architecture is going to have the neighbours fooled.
The Ford Transit lineage is all too obvious – if for no other reason than the squared-off rear end of the Grand version tested so completely dwarfs practically everything else in the class, except maybe the equally gargantuan Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life.
The car – and despite its appearance, we feel comfortable calling it that – is 4818mm nose to tail in long-wheelbase format (as distinct from the shorter standard Tourneo Connect), making it about the same length as a Galaxy, but also almost 8cm taller.
That space, unsurprisingly, is central to the Grand Tourneo’s appeal, as are the dual sliding rear doors and huge tailgate that permit easy access to it. The third row of seats is actually a £240 option, but once chosen, the big Ford is a genuine and pretty much unrivalled seven-seater.
The front seats get height adjustment and a centre armrest, pleasingly. The second row of seats doesn’t slide, but the seatbacks fold down on to the bases, two-thirds/one-third, and can from there can be pushed lower, to sink on to the floor.