Ford Tourneo Connect review – Telegraph

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The Ford Tourneo Connect is more than a van with but is it a good MPV?

Can we call a a bleedin’ shovel here? The Tourneo Connect is basically a crew bus, a car-derived van with windows and seats.

A bus’s natural habitat is the fast lane at silly in the morning, its seats accommodating the troops of construction, their shoulders emblazoned with such as Murphy, Docwra and Is that a copy of The Sun on the dashboard, a flask perhaps? Of dual-zone control, soft-touch dashboards and suppression, there is little

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Ford’s Tourneo first in 1995 as an eight-seat minibus of the full-sized Transit van. A Tourneo Connect was introduced in based on the original Focus with a leaf-sprung solid axle in place of the Focus’s independent rear.

This replacement Tourneo is based on Ford’s global platform, that also the latest Focus, C-Max and There’s a five-seat standard (which is expected to account for 85 per of sales) and a 15.7in longer, long-wheelbase Grand Tourneo version.

Four engines are the three-cylinder, 1.0-litre 100bhp petrol, a 1.6-litre 148bhp with automatic gearbox and the CDTi turbodiesel in 94 or 113bhp with five- and six-speed respectively. An optional Fuel (FE) pack for the 94bhp costs £360 it adds a system and self-closing radiator which reduces CO2 emissions by

Car-derived or not, look and you immediately see where this came from. Flat of bare metal, welded with acres of space the twist-beam rear suspension. not a lot of beauty about the componentry, it does the job.

The MacPherson-strut front suspension be from the Focus/C-Max, but the Tourneo have that car’s stability. There’s an immediate through the controls on the diesel especially under hard

The ride is busy, mainly at the although there’s a fair bit of at the steering under acceleration and a self-centring action. Body is noticeable and the handling is mainly understeer, although the nose quickly back into the if you lift off, mitigated after by the stability programme The brakes are strong, with feedback.

Petrol or diesel, a description of the performance is modest. photos show the Tourneo a trailer, which seems fanciful; at times we were to the floor merely keeping up German traffic. There’s not a of spare capacity in the driveline and you learn to meanly conserve like Scrooge the delivery

In the process you gain a profound with the gearbox. The petrol is lighter, with an easier action than the diesel’s or six-speed.

The petrol unit doesn’t being revved as much as the which gets pretty near the red line. Forget the fuel consumption if you push engine. After a run up the German the diesel’s overall thirst had to 35.7mpg against its EU Combined of 61.4mpg.

In the cabin the immediate is of gently clanging doors and panels, which sound off on and road vibrations. There’s of hard plastic, nicely and finished, with no sharp but still a long way from standards.

The instrumentation and switches are the Focus and are simple and easy to see and The big door mirrors, with lower elements, are brilliant, but wind noise at speed. The are comfortable, but not altogether supportive and the sits on the dashboard like in a Honda Jazz. The steering adjusts for reach and height and on our example the driver’s seat for height.

The result is a comfy driving slightly above that of a car, but lower than an

Space on a budget is why you buy a vehicle this and in that respect the with its fully removable is more flexible than the which has seats that into the floor. Even so, vehicles offer more 2,410 litres of space all except the driver and passenger’s are removed or folded. There’s a useful roof shelf the front seats.

The Tourneo is a for those that need the capacity, the flat-floor space, or the interior think model dogs, sailing, or rugby teams.

Also, for all its faults, most commercial vehicles the is strangely rewarding to drive, anticipation, reading the road, the gear and conservation of momentum. In never, ever lift It’s the kind of vehicle parents borrow to deliver children to university and return it such fun to drive, even they won’t be trading in the any time soon.

Ford Tourneo 1.6 TDCi

Engine/transmission: 1,560cc turbodiesel five-speed manual gearbox, drive

Price/on sale: to £18,895 (£16,985 to £20,235 Tourneo Connect), as tested

Power/torque: 94bhp @ 3,600rpm/170lb ft @

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Topspeed: 99mph

Acceleration: in 14.7sec

Fuel economy: (EU Urban/Combined). On test 35.7mpg

CO2 120g/km

VED band: D (£0 year, £105 thereafter)

No one would mistake this for other than basic but it’s nicely engineered and reasonably

Telegraph rating: Three out of stars

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