Trim levels has been simplified from when it originally came to market in 2014 to just Zetec and Titanium. This means that there is far more standard kit on the entry-level versions than before. Opt for the entry-level Zetec model and you will find the Grand Tourneo Connect comes with a manually adjustable driver's seat, heated mirrors, electric windows, Ford's Quickclear front windscreen and front foglights as standard. While inside there is air conditioning, DAB radio and Ford's SYNC 1 infotainment system.
Want more? Then maybe the range-topping Titanium models is for you, with folding mirrors, static cornering lights, rear parking sensors, alloy wheels, roof rails and active city braking all included in the package.
It isn’t just the Tourneo’s structural architecture that is based on Ford’s current Global C platform.
Place the dashboards of a Tourneo Grand Connect and a Ford Focus next to each other and you’ll note that, from the top down, they’re all but identical until you reach the gearlever, whose binnacle is mounted high in the Tourneo, rather than flowing flush into the lower centre tunnel. So it’s all very car-like.
But although the layout might be the same – down to the same steering wheel, rather than saddling the Tourneo with some massive, flat-set, buttonless item – the perceived material quality does differ. Think of the Tourneo as a car with the cockpit layout of a Focus but with material choices more like a Ford Fiesta’s.
Even though the driving position is extremely sound and will feel entirely conventional to those used to cars rather than vans, there are some hard plastics in here that belie the Tourneo’s origin – just as the masses of headroom do, including an overhead storage cubby for worksheets and such.