Engine options for the Grand Tourneo Connect comprise a 1.5-litre Duratorq diesel in 99bhp or 118bhp outputs, with five- and six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic transmissions respectively.
If you’re expecting there to be a downside to using a small-capacity diesel engine to propel a vehicle that has a 1785kg kerb weight and frontal area of a garden shed, you’d be right.
But it’s not the Ford Tourneo’s lack of outright pace that is particularly disappointing, or surprising; a 0-60mph time of 13.2sec is par for the high-output 1.5-litre diesel's 68bhp-per-tonne course. It’s the engine’s from-rest hesitancy that takes the most driving around.
You’ll want quite a few revs engaged before slipping the clutch to get the Tourneo under way. Fail to apply sufficient revs and, if you don’t stall, there will be a small hesitation, as if the 1560cc, 118bhp engine realises how much work it has to do.
Once the motor has woken up, though, things are okay, and it’s extremely easy to swap between gears via the slick shift to keep the motor on the boil. Control weights are very good here, too: consistent, responsive and easily modulated.