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The new Tourneo Connect majors on practicality, thanks to a vast interior and decent economy, but its ride quality could be better

Our Verdict

Ford Tourneo Connect
The Tourneo Connect, left, is the five-seater; on the right is the Grand Tourneo Connect which is available with seven seats

The new Ford Tourneo Connect is a practical and flexible family MPV

Darren Moss
28 October 2013

What is it?

The Ford Tourneo Connect represents one-third of the Tourneo range, which also includes the Grand Tourneo Connect and the far larger Tourneo. But this is the first time the Tourneo nameplate has morphed into an MPV aimed at families.

Ford's five-seat Tourneo Connect and seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect offer flexible storage, a clean range of engines and spacious cabins, which should help them appeal to families on the move.

They're well thought-out on the inside, too, with hard-wearing wipe-down plastics forming many of the interior surfaces. It features twin sliding rear doors and a passenger space which makes various best-in-class claims. The rear seats split 60/40 and tumble, fold or can be completely removed to grow space to 2410 litres.

In order to appeal more directly to passenger car buyers who may otherwise be put off by the commercial vehicle connotations of the Tourneo badge, the range includes the familiar Zetec and Titanium trim grades.

The middle-spec Zetec trim is expected to be the biggest seller, and comes with air conditioning, heated power mirrors and a trip computer with Eco-tracking functions. Ford's SYNC voice control system also comes as standard on all but base-spec models. 

What's it like?

From the inside, absolutely massive. Ford makes big claims about legroom, headroom and storage space in the Tourneo Connect, with an overall luggage capacity of 1029 litres with all five seats in place, rising to 2410 litres with the back row of seats removed.

All of those litres aren't crammed into the boot, either, but rather dotted about in an assortment of cubby holes and storage lockers. Aside from the usual glovebox and door card locations, there's also an aircraft-style overhead storage locker.

The result is a cabin that feels airy and spacious, with that feeling enhanced by the addition of large all-round windows and optional panoramic sunroof on Titanium-spec models.

Passengers in the back won't struggle for space, while proportions in the front seem well judged. The driving position is high for this class, and provides a decent view of the road ahead from a seat that is both comfortable and supportive. Both the pedals and the steering wheel are off centre, however, which can take a while to get used to.

The 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi – sampled here in 94bhp form – is a capable and refined engine. Ford expects this to be the biggest seller in the range at launch, taking almost half of projected sales in the UK.

The engine is a good fit for the five-seat Tourneo Connect, releasing 170lb ft of torque cleanly while also returning a claimed 56.5mpg combined and emitting 130g/km of CO2.

The five-speed manual gearbox does a good job of managing the engine's power, though a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic is also available elsewhere in the range.

Steering is nicely weighted and provides precise inputs, while the Ford Tourneo Connect itself has a decent turning circle for its size.

Our main gripe is with the ride. Despite the adoption of a rear torsion beam configuration rather than the leaf spring arrangement of the old model, the Ford feels skittish with only two people on board. The Tourneo Connect gives a sense of unease during cornering and a disturbing primary ride on the motorway which will leave you in near constant motion.

Should I buy one?

First deliveries of both models are currently scheduled for the end of this year, and while there's already plenty of competition in the compact MPV sector from the likes of the Citroën Berlingo, Fiat Doblo, Peugeot Partner Tepee and Ford's own C-Max, there's definitely space for a more rugged, van-derived workhorse like the Tourneo, especially considering prices start at £14,245.

Those seeking more luxury and premium materials should probably look elsewhere, but if storage space is your overall concern and you regularly have need of all five seats, then the Tourneo Connect's flexible driving style makes it a worthy contender on your shopping list.

Ford Tourneo Connect 1.6 Duratorq TDCi Titanium

Price £17,395; 0-62mph 14.7secs; Top speed 99mph; Economy 56.5mpg; CO2 130g/km; Kerb weight 1458kg; Engine 4 cyls in line, 1560cc, turbodiesel; Power 94bhp at 3600rpm; Torque 170lb ft at 1500-2000rpm; Gearbox 5-speed manual

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29 October 2013

It would be handy to know how easily the rear seats are removed - hopefully it's not like a Fiat where you have to unscrew the seats and cut open the floor lining to get them out?

Hopefully CarBuyer will cover this and give a demonstration if they review this vehicle.

29 October 2013

I don't know to which Fiat you are referring, but if you need to use tools and cut trim to remove the seats, I would suspect they are not meant to be removed.

 

6 November 2013
Good to see that Ford are selling the latest version of the Tourneo Connect in Blighty. They didn't exactly bust a gut trying to sell the first version which in the MPV version was grossly overpriced virtually not given any support marketing it, I inquired about the car at a Ford dealer in Hampshire who was surprised by my request, sure he sold plenty of the vans but not the MPV had had to search in his filing system for a copy of the brochure. However all is forgiven the new vehicle is extremely sharply priced has a good spread of colours, engines and trim levels. I feel that this could well be a serious challenge to the French & Italian manufacturers who sell this type of vehicle

6 November 2013
Does anyone know if the 150PS ecoboost engine is related to the Fiesta ST engine?

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