The Ford Grand Tourneo Connect Titanium.
As our lives get ever busier, our leisure time becomes more important & the car manufacturers have been building lifestyle vehicles primarily MPV’s for some years now. However, these MPV’s are becoming ever more expensive & in many cases are not as practical as they seem with only room for five passengers & a relatively small boot & are also becoming increasingly expensive.
A number of cars based on vans such as the Fiat Doblo have been offered as MPV alternatives, but not many of these are large enough to seat seven in comfort. Step up the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect, loosely based on Ford Transit Connect which offers both a great price point, seven seats & enough boot space for most peoples needs. It also offers an amazing flexible seating arrangement. It’s looks won’t be to everyone’s taste, but with prices around £1,250 less than the Ford Grand C-MAX, it certainly makes financial sense.
My test drive was in the 113 bhp version, which probably the better of the two power units for this larger seven-seat model. With 285Nm of torque on offer, it feels punchy with just a driver & one passenger on board. Top speed is a respectable 103 mph with 0-62 mph reached in 134.1 seconds, although it does feel much faster than this. Combines MPG is a claimed 58.9, I averaged 43 mpg & C02 emissions are 130g/km, making it respectable for a seven-seater.
I found that with it’s six-sped gearbox, cruising at motorway speeds particularly when using cruise control, the Tourneo was really quite nice to drive & comfortable as well. The cabin is relatively quiet, with only the slight rumble of the diesel engine audible in the background. Even around town it’s a doddle to drive & handles surprisingly well.
The rearmost seats can slide back and forth, to offer more legroom or greater luggage space depending on what you need. Push them back as far as possible and there’s enough space for two full-grown adults. Fold both rows of seats, or take them out, and there’s a massive 2,620 litres of space to use, that’s impressive. I folded both sets down & took a couple of old single mattresses to the tip & they fitted in no problem at all.
The Grand Tourneo is very well equipped with 16″ alloys, a drivers seat armrest, seat back tray tables, heated windscreen & washer jets, power windows, power heated folding wing mirrors, day time running lights, cruise control with limiter, rear parking sensors, auto headlamps, active city stop, leather steering wheel/gear knob, dual zone air con, panoramic roof with privacy glass, integral roof rails, DAB radio, steering wheel mounted radio controls, front fogs, trip with ECOmode, ESC with ABS & dual sliding rear doors.
I really liked the Grand Tourneo. The only fault that I could find was a tendency for the sliding doors not to lock or shut properly, but I’m sure that that both of these traits would be solved with more practice of using them.
It may only be a small section of the market that it competes in, but the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect is most definitely a leading choice, particularly when it costs just £20,235 on the road. Overall a surprise & well worth 3.5/5