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If the Tourneo’s no-nonsense approach appeals, Ford’s matter-of-fact attitude to its pricing is likely to chime right alongside. Conventional seven-seaters in the traditional MPV vogue can be removed from the field of battle immediately.

Some may have the upper hand in car-like handling and comfort, but none measures up in the practicality stakes, and a mid-spec diesel-engined version of most won’t leave you much change from £30k.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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If you’re utterly unafraid of the utilitarian, former-van vibe, there are other spectacularly large options available – the Peugeot Expert Tepee, Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life and Citroën Dispatch Combi spring to mind – but, once VAT is factored in, both start north of £20k.

As we’ve mentioned, the Grand Tourneo – in entry-level Zetec trim – starts at just shy of £20k. Even a range-topping Titanium model, stuffed with luxuries such as rear parking sensors and cruise control, is £22,295 before options.

Furthermore, because the engines are all close to the cutting edge of Ford’s offerings and the Tourneo isn’t offensively heavy (when empty), you get reasonable economy and emissions.

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At 119g/km, the 118bhp 1.5-litre diesel actually emits less CO2 than the equivalent Galaxy and is rated marginally better at 58.9mpg combined. We achieved 45.1mpg on a steady motorway touring run, which is weirdly – perhaps because of the car’s aerodynamics and small engine – less than we managed in conventional, everyday driving.

Our testing brought our average down, but you should expect mid to high 40s.

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