Ford Grand Tourneo Connect 1.5 EcoBlue 120 Titanium Powershift with Panoramic Sunroof and Rear Parking Sensors Diesel Automatic 5 door Estate (2020) at Ford Canterbury

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Make motoring easier with Automatic Headlights and Rain Sensing Wipers, plus our Grand Tourneo Connect comes with Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Rear Parking Sensors, Keyless Start, Bluetooth, Panoramic Sunroof, One-Touch Electric Windows, Dual Zone Climate Control, a Heated Windscreen and a DAB Radio with USB in. Qualifies for Warranty4Life*

25/09/2020

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Diesel 47.1 combined MPG (WLTP)

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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
135 g/km

MPG:
55.4

WLTP CO2:
158 g/km

WLTP MPG:
47.1

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V5 Document

V5 Document

MOT Certificate

MOT Certificate

Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

Acoustic laminated windscreen, Dark tinted rear privacy glass, Electric front windshield defroster, Electric rear window defroster, Fixed 3rd rear row L/H and R/H Side Window, Power up/down one touch front and up/down one shot rear windows and auto close window, Rear window wash/wipe, Sliding 2nd Row L/H and R/H side window

Brakes

Brakes - (HLA)Hill launch assist/TC, Electronic emergency brake assist, Emergency brake light flashing, ESC with ABS

Driver Aids

Collision mitigation system, Driver impairment monitor, Eco select function, High series analog cluster, Lane keep assist, PAS, Speed sign recognition

Driver Convenience

Auto start and stop system, Easy fuel capless refuelling system

Driver Information

Embedded modem, FordPass connect, Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Auto dimming rear view mirror, Body coloured exterior mirror finish, Electrochromic inside mirror, Power folding and heated door mirrors

Engine

Diesel particulate filter, Heavy duty battery

Entertainment

Leather steering wheel mounted radio controls

Exterior Body Features

5-Bar radiator grille with chrome surround, Active grilleshutter, Body coloured exterior lift/decklid handle and exterior door handle, Body coloured wide bodyside moulding, Dual sliding side load doors, Front bumper with chrome insert, Front lip spoiler, Integral roof rails, Power 4 wheel disc, Premium center console, Rear bumper end caps in body coloured, Rear cargo liftgate door, roof rails, full width overhead storage shelf and roof rack with crossbars

Exterior Lights

Adaptive cornering lamps includes fog lamp, High mounted stop lamp, LED Load compartment light, Rear fog lamp

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

A/C Refrigerant - HF01234YF, Dual zone automatic air conditioning, Pollen filter without carbon filter

Interior Features

12V auxiliary I/P power point, 2 front row cupholders, 2nd row centre armrest, B Pillar assist handle, Bright inside door handles, Driver sunglasses roof storage, Driver's armrest, Front and rear 12v sockets, Front door trim panel - Level 2, Front interior grab handles, Glovebox lid with light, Instrument panel stowage box, Leather gearknob, Ligne fabric upholstery, Marl/city fabric bolster in ebony, Passenger seat back mounted map pocket, Reach + rake adjustable steering column, Rear coat hook, Side/Rear door trim panel - Level 2

Interior Lights

Configurable interior light, Header courtesy light with 2 map lights, High series fabric soft door armrest, Rear overhead courtesy light

Packs

Seat pack 27 - Titanium

Safety

2nd row rear seat belts, 3 point seatbelts on all seats, Black seat belts, Driver, passenger and 2 row and 3 rd row rear seat belt reminder, Front 2 way head restraints, Front active seat belts and manual adjuster seat belts, Front airbag restraint and passenger airbag restraint, Front and rear curtain airbags, Front side airbags, Tire inflation monitor and Tire pressure sensors

Seats

2 way manual adjustable passenger seat, Driver seat rotary recliner, Manual 4-Way driver seat adjuster, Passenger seat rotary recliner, Rear child monitoring display, Rear head restraints, Second row 60/40 folding seats

Security

Child proof rear door locks, Configurable Unlocking 2, Door entry remote control unit - 2 Keys, Engine immobilizer - Securilock, Locking wheel lug nut, Power door dead locks and enabled door automatic relocking

Transmission

Non-Limited slip front axle

Vanity Mirrors

Driver sunvisor with mirror and tick pocket, Passenger sunvisor with mirror

Wheels

Front tire and rear tire tread

General

Badge Engine CC: 1.5
Badge Power: 120
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: Ecoblue 120
Coin Series: Titanium
Generation Mark: 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 11E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 20000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km): 135
HC: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 158
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 174
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 158

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1498
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
Gears: 8 SPEED
Transmission: AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 55.4
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 56.5
EC Urban (mpg): 53.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb: 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 54.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 38.2
WLTP - MPG - High: 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Low: 42.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium: 45.6

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 13.3
Engine Power - BHP: 120
Engine Power - KW: 88
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5
Engine Torque - NM: 270
Top Speed: 106

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 205/60 R16
Tyre Size Rear: 205/60 R16
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Length: 4825
Width: 1835
Width (including mirrors): 2137

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight: 2445
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2620
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 322
Max. Loading Weight: 704
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 744
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 730
Minimum Kerbweight: 1741
No. of Seats: 7

FAMILY CONNECTION (new2) 22/10/2021

Ford's Tourneo Connect offers MPV motoring in compact form with a distinctly Germanic flavour. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Most of us have squeezed children or pets into a car before, but Ford's rejuvenated Tourneo Connect compact MPV can comfortably take much more. From kite-surfing equipment to the school run, this is a car that aims to help families get a little more out of life. And in creating it, the Blue Oval brand has received more than a little help from Volkswagen.

Background

Ford has long ploughed its own furrow when it comes to its commercial vehicle range, but that's about to change. The company's partnership with Volkswagen will see all future Blue Oval brand van models paired with their VW counterparts. Which means that the next Ford Transit Connect will share all its engineering with the current fifth generation Volkswagen Caddy. Which in turn means that the People Carrier version of that Ford, the Tourneo Connect model, must be a Blue Oval version of the MPV model VW markets to family passenger car customers as the Caddy - or Caddy Life. If you followed all of that, it'll explain why the Ford Tourneo Connect model line we examine here looks so similar to its Wolfsburg competitor, especially in profile - and beneath the bonnet. Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

Ford hasn't just borrowed a Volkswagen chassis here but also engines too, though to disguise the fact, the Blue Oval's given the units concerned its own 'EcoBoost' and 'EcoBlue' branding. Ultimately, what it all boils down to is that you get the same powerplant choice that would be available to you with a comparable Volkswagen Caddy MPV. This means Tourneo Connect customers get to choose from either a 1.5 litre EcoBoost turbo petrol unit (with 114PS) or the alternative 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel, available in 112PS or 122PS outputs. All models feature six-speed manual transmission as standard, with the alternative of a sevenspeed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles and a 'Sport' mode. Choose that auto and your car can also be specified with Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centring, which provides assisted driving for accelerator, braking and steering functions to reduce stress on highways or in stop and start traffic. Volkswagen isn't (currently) offering 4WD on Caddy MPVs but Ford has decided to make it available here - for the first time in a Tourneo Connect. The system automatically distributes torque between the wheels depending on driving conditions and surfaces, helping drivers maintain progress in more challenging conditions. All-wheel drive is available on models fitted with the 2.0-litre 122PS EcoBlue diesel engine and sixspeed manual gearbox and does not compromise interior space or loading height. Engine under-shield protection is available to support customers who frequently drive on rough surfaces.

Design and Build

There's a choice of two body lengths here, a short wheelbase L1 model with the option of three seating rows and the long wheelbase L2 variant that features them standard and is obviously much better suited for the transport of seven folk. The previous version of this model looked very much like a van with windows, but this design has much more of a passenger car vibe, its more sculpted exterior offering a sportier, more lifestyle-orientated look. Particularly if you go for the crossover-style 'Active' version, which gets two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels, a silvered skid plate, a honeycomb-style front grille and body mouldings around the bumpers, wheel arches and door sills. Inside, there's Ford's latest infotainment technology, with the choice of a central SYNC screen in 8.25 or 10-inch sizes, depending on your choice of trim. Large sliding side doors on each side of the vehicle help children and elderly occupants move in and out in restricted spaces where conventional doors may not be able to open fully. Convenience is enhanced by plentiful cup holders, cubbies and charging ports, while the available panoramic glass roof and dual zone climate control help make the cabin airy and more comfortable on long road trips. With the second and third row seating removed, the Tourneo Connect offers up to 3.1m3 of load volume in L2 models - and 2.6m3 in L1 models. Carrying longer items or bulky leisure equipment is facilitated by maximum load lengths of 2,265mm behind the first row of seats, 1,452mm behind the second, and 629mm behind the third for L2 variants (it's 1,913mm, 1100mm and 317mm for L1 variants).

Market and Model

We don't yet have prices for this rejuvenated Tourneo Connect, but we can expect it to undercut its Volkswagen Caddy MPV cousin, which for guidance, starts at around £26,000 for a short wheelbase five-seat model, with prices stretching up to around the £30,000 mark for the kind of decently specified version most families would want. There are four trim levels available, starting with base 'Trend' spec, identifiable by a gloss black grille surround and wheel trims. Move up to 'Titanium' level and you get satin chrome detailing, privacy glass and 16-inch alloy wheels. The 'Sport' model features bonnet stripes, a more dynamic lower front bumper and 17-inch dark alloy wheels. But the version you probably ideally want is the SUV-inspired 'Active', which gets crossover-style metallic-effect skid plates and additional body mouldings around the wheel arches, sills and bumpers, along with unique 17-inch wheels. Inside, it's possible to specify a digital cluster instrument display in place of the usual traditional dials - that's standard on 'Sport' models and optional with 'Titanium' and 'Active' variants. Most derivatives will come with the larger 10-inch SYNC central touchscreen - apart from 'Trend' spec, which gets an 8.25-inch middle monitor. If you've got the bigger display, it'll feature a FordPass connect modem to help you stay connected while on the road. And available Online Navigation, which uses cloud data to offer live traffic report updates and details on alternative routes, nearby fuel stations, online map updates and parking details along your journey. There's also a FordPass smartphone app so you can remotely interact with your car.

Cost of Ownership

The EcoBoost petrol and EcoBlue diesel engines in use here have been optimised for fuel efficiency, the most economical 2.0 EcoBlue diesel 102PS manual model managing up to 58.8mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions from 126g/km. You can replicate those same figures with the 122PS version of this diesel unit. If you go for the 2.0-litre EcoBlue 122PS automatic, you're looking at up to 55.3mpg and up to 134g/km. That same top diesel engine with all-wheel drive returns up to 53.2mpg and up to 139g/km. As for the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol model, well with that you're looking at up to 44.8mpg and up to 144g/km as a manual; or up to 42.8mpg and up to 150g/km as an automatic. Auto Start-Stop technology is standard across the range as you'd expect. And both diesel engines feature the VW Group-pioneered 'twin-dosing' system that injects AdBlue upstream of two selective catalytic converters to help reduce nitrogen oxides, and are also compatible with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and Gas to Liquids (GTL) alternative fuels. This Tourneo Connect comes with the usual Ford three year/60,000 mile warranty and a year of roadside assistance. You could pay more to extend this cover to either five years and 100,000 miles or eight years and 100,000 miles. Most owners will want to take out the 'Ford Protect Service Plan Plus' programme, which allows customers to spread the cost of routine maintenance.

Summary

There's no doubt that this is a much more car-like compact People Carrier than the previous generation Tourneo Connect. Ford has taken what's good about Volkswagen engineering here - primarily the Caddy model's MQB platform - but added its own spin on it. And there should be more affordable pricing than you get with a Caddy MPV. If previously, you'd never even have considered a van-based People Carrier, this one's worth approaching with an open mind. Models of this sort have always specialised in offering everything you need and nothing you don't. This one though, sugars that concept a small but significant amount. And as a result, sense and sensibility just got that little more desirable.

GRAND FOR FAMILIES (used) 29/10/2021

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Ford's Grand Tourneo Connect, sold between 2012 and 2020, is a family-friendly vehicle that won't see you having to pack light. Yes it's a van-based product: no, it doesn't constantly remind you of that fact. There's up to seven seats in the kind of properly extended body style that direct rivals from this era often don't bother to offer. And carriage capacity that's even better than Ford's much bigger S-MAX and Galaxy MPVs. A surprising product then, that's as happy with passengers as packages, will deal with long loads in its stride and look after your life with its clever SYNC telemetry. In short, if you were shopping in this segment for a practical van-based 7-seat MPV from this period, you'd have to consider it.

Models

[diesel] 1.5 & 1.5 TDCi

History

Style and practicality. Two mutually exclusive qualities you'd have thought. Not according to most makers of compact MPVs. Without exception, they all claim somehow to have combined elegant looks with van-like capacity. We wouldn't blame you for being sceptical about that if you're shopping in this market for a used 7-seat People Carrier from the 2012-2021 period. And in response, we'd direct you to this car, Ford's Grand Tourneo Connect. Ultimately, there's no way around this: for real van-like capacity, you really have to have a van. Still at least these days, it can be a very nice one - a vehicle like this. What we're looking here is essentially a lengthened version of the ordinary Tourneo Connect, which is in turn the passenger-carrying stablemate of Ford's compact Transit Connect van. This 'Grand' model is for families who like the idea of van-based people moving transport but have the occasional need to carry up to seven people. You might think that to hardly be a new concept - Citroen, Peugeot and Fiat have been offering products like these for years with their Berlingo Multispace, Partner Tepee and Doblo models. In every case though, the same bodystyle is used, whether five or seven-seats are fitted. To find a car of this kind properly lengthened to more easily accommodate a third seating row, you have to start looking at the commercial vehicle segment. Ford was arguably the first maker to provide such a thing properly developed for and targeted at the passenger car market. That's one unique selling point here. The other is that this Grand Tourneo Connect claimed more car-like credentials than any model of this kind had ever previously offered. From interior furnishing to handling response, it's pretty much the equal of any compact MPV from this period you might care to name, except for the fact that it's far cheaper than most of them and much bigger. Sounds appealing doesn't it? Let's check this car out.

What You Get

The reality is that if you want the virtues of a van, then you'll need to put up with van-like looks. Fortunately in this case, these aren't too utilitarian. In fact, from the front at least, a proud owner could even argue this Grand Tourneo Connect model to be rather smart. Here, you'll find the brand's familiar 'Kinetic Design' look with its big trapezoidal lower grille and slender, swept-back headlights that take the edge off the boxy look. Aesthetically then, the stylists have done enough: this is very much a compact People Carrier of its time. And one of much greater Focus, not least because Ford's best-selling family hatch provides most of the underpinnings here. But we mean that primarily because Ford's Tourneo range from this period offers options that are far more individually suited to specific kinds of customers wanting van-based alternatives in the people carrying segment. Let us explain. Originally in the Tourneo line-up, Ford offered us a plushed-up little Transit Connect van with windows and five seats. And a plushed-up fully-sized Transit van with windows and nine seats. By 2012 though, the Tourneo range was very different, offering far more alternatives. At the foot of the line-up, small families could choose the Fiesta supermini-based Tourneo Courier. While at the other end of the scale, those with a permanent parking space at their local hospital's maternity wing could opt for the huge nine-seater Tourneo Custom model. The Connect variants we're looking at here sit in between these two extremes, with the choice of either the standard 'Tourneo Connect' bodystyle or this lengthened 'Grand Tourneo Connect' model that's our focus here, this variant adding in an extra 400mm in body length so that it can properly accommodate a third row of seats. The fact that Ford were offering two separate bodystyles at this level was significant, because in this period, no other direct van-based competitor did. If you look at a rival Citroen Berlingo Multispace, Peugeot Partner Tepee or Fiat Doblo from this time, you'll find that they all come in one shape only, with just five seats as standard. If you wanted your car to be able to take seven with one of these rivals, from new you had to buy the additional chairs as an extra cost pack, but the vehicle itself wouldn't be lengthened to accommodate them. As you might expect, the fact that this Ford has been makes a lot of difference in terms of the usability of those rearmost seats. For a start, access to them is easier because the extra length enabled the sliding side door aperture to be 22cms wider. The sliding doors, by the way, are something you'll be very thankful for when the kids are getting in and out in tight parking spaces. But we were talking about the benefits of the lengthened body style. Here's another. Unlike the optional fixed-in-place third row chairs that rivals offer, these ones can slide backwards and forwards so you can prioritise space for either people or the packages they must carry in the boot behind. It's a pity that the middle row bench doesn't do the same. In fact, to be honest, it's a bit disappointing that Ford fitted a bench seat here at all: most rivals have three individual second row seats that slide and recline for greater family flexibility. This one doesn't do either of those things. Still, on the plus side, it shouldn't be too difficult to fit three adults in the very back on short to medium-length trips and of course headroom from the boxy shape is ample, even if you're carrying loftier folk and/or have fitted the optional panoramic glass roof. From new, there was the option of useful lidded aircraft locker-style overhead storage and you also get a usefully storage bin recessed into the floor - though curiously, unlike rivals, Ford only gives you one of these, directly behind the driver's seat. Kids meanwhile, will like the low windowline and will doubtless like the seatback tables fitted on the top-spec model. At the wheel, it's all very car-like, though in a sensible, utilitarian sort of way. The commercial origins of course, mean that you don't get the fashionable soft-touch plastics you'd find in, say, a C-MAX - but then, are these really necessary on a practical family car? What's more important is that build quality from the Spanish Valencia factory seems very strong and the wipe-clean surfaces provided appear tough and durable. You view a clearly presented set of familiar Ford instruments through a four-spoke wheel that moves for both reach and rake. And you immediately appreciate a supportive driver's seat that's eight-way-adjustable on most models, making it easier to get comfortable than it would be in some competitors. Talking of comfort, we love the way the gearstick sprouts from the bottom of the dash rather than the floor, so it falls to hand more easily. The mobile phone-inspired centre console switchgear layout comes straight from the Focus and is relatively simply to use, once you get used to the rather bewildering array of buttons and the fact that the infotainment screen at the top of the dash is a little small. On the positive side, the buttons are all quite large so in colder months, you can if necessary operate them wearing gloves. There's plenty of practicality too, though it's a pity the base model doesn't get the lockable glovebox you find further up the range. Otherwise, there's decent cubby storage for the paraphernalia of everyday working life, including reasonably-sized door bins, plus two cupholders and a coin holder by the gearstick as well as a usefully deep bin further back where you'll find aux-in and iPod sockets. There's also a useful cubby above the instrument panel complete with 12v socket and an equally practical overhead storage area we'd urge you not to use for heavier items - unless you want to open up the possibility of being clonked on the head the next time you do an emergency stop. On to luggage space. The LCV origins are, as you'd expect, very obvious when you approach the slab-sided rear end but, as we've already suggested, that's all to the good when it comes to the space you can expect inside, though the cargo area isn't very easy to get to if you find yourself backed into a tight parking bay. That's because the huge rear tailgate requires quite a lot of space to be left behind before it can be raised and there's no option to simply open the tailgate glass to get smaller bags in and out. Still, on the plus side, when it is up, you get the kind of shelter from the elements that a conventional rear hatch just can't provide. But just how much space is there in the luggage area? Well, not quite as much as you'd get in the direct van-based opposition. You're talking about 30% less than you'd get from a Berlingo Multispace, a Partner Tepee or a Doblo from this period. But don't be put off: there's still an awful lot of room here, the exact amount depending on whether the original customer from new ordered his or her Grand Tourneo Connect in five or seven seat form. Since we can't really see why an original customer would have paid the extra for the longer body style if they didn't want the extra third seating row, we're going to assume that the car you have in mind will be a seven-seater. In the rare event that all the pews are in use, there's 302-litres on offer - not massive, we'd agree, but pretty much the same as you'd get in a huge Ford Galaxy when similarly-configured, that being a car that when fitted with the same engine, would cost you nearly 40% more. And we're talking nearly three times as much space as you'd get in a similarly-configured Ford Grand C-MAX - which also, incidentally, is much pricier. With a Grand C-MAX - as with pretty much any other compact 7-seat MPV - you've virtually no luggage space alternatives if all three seating rows are in use. Here, you've got options: it's as simple as that. The low boot floor also means that chucking stuff in the back couldn't be easier, whether the item in question is a mountain bike or the family dog. Fold the rear bench and the news gets even better. The 2620-litre capacity that frees up is significantly greater (620-litres more in fact) than the total that in the same configuration you could expect from a much larger Ford S-MAX in the next class up - a car that with the same engine would cost you around 25% more. The space available is even about 300-litres more than you could expect in the same configuration from the big Ford Galaxy we mentioned earlier. If the stuff to be carried is really long - let's say something like a 2.9-metre-long kayak - well, there's even a folding front passenger seat so you can deal with that too. This is in short, a uniquely flexible family car.

What You Pay

Prices start from around £6,500, which gets you an early '12-plate 1.6 TD 95PS model with base 'Style' trim, values then rising to around £10,000 for a later '16-plate model. It's only a few hundred more to get Zetec trim - and not much more than that to get top Titanium trim with the gutsier 115PS version of this engine. The more efficient 1.5-litre TDCi models arrived in 2015 and price from around £8,300, which gets you base 'Style' trim on a '15-plate, with values rising to around £12,250 for a more typical '17-plate model. Again, allow a few hundred more for plusher trim levels. All quoted values are sourced through industry experts cap hpi. Click here for a free valuation.

What to Look For

As usual with a family MPV, check the interior for child damage. And with top-spec versions, check the alloy wheels for scratches. Look for any dents, dings and scratches to the panelwork. And ensure that the clutch engages smoothly and that the car goes into gear easily. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is fitted with a diesel particulate filter, but this may be clogged up if the previous owner hasn't completed too many highway journeys. Issues we came across on our ownership survey included a windscreen cracking across all by itself and the air con de-gassing after a few months (neither covered by Ford's warranty).

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2015 Grand Tourneo Connect 1.5 TDCi - Ex Vat) An oil filter is in the £20 bracket. An air filter costs around £10. A fuel filter is around £216. A pollen filter costs around £11-£30. A rear brake disc costs in the £72-£80 bracket (fronts £57-£90). A front brake pad set is in the £37-£98 bracket; rears in the £18-£35 bracket. A headlamp is in the £216-£222 bracket.

On the Road

Aren't motoring journalists pretentious? Have you ever heard one urging you to buy a van-based MPV? No, we haven't either. Most scribblers wouldn't be seen dead in a vehicle like this one: their loss as far as we're concerned. All you ever hear in reviews of van-based People Carriers are the negatives: the vague handling, the boxy, utilitarian shape and so on. But what about the positives that come with the LCV-derived approach? The high driving position. The dash-mounted gearstick that's beautifully positioned for your palm. The great door mirrors with their separate sections. The excellent, glassy all-round visibility. All these things endear us to cars of this kind. In terms of the dynamics though, we must confess that we weren't quite sure what to expect from this one. After all, you don't buy any vehicle of this sort if your priorities lie in sharp standards of ride and handling - and whatever their other virtues might be, van-based MPVs traditionally don't provide that. Or at least most of them don't. This model though, is based on a van that.. well, kind of does thanks to the fact that the underpinnings beneath are pretty much the same as those used by Ford's much lauded Focus, C-MAX and Kuga models. In other words, if any car of this kind was ever going to cut the mustard in this regard, it was always going to be this one. Like any LCV-based product, it handles better fully loaded, but even when there's no one in the vehicle but you, cornering is predictable. Body roll's well controlled too, so roundabouts can be taken at speed without the Connect rolling about alarmingly. If you've had experience with the commercial vehicle version, you might be prepared for that. The changes with this passenger model though, centre in on ride and refinement. Even bumpier roads don't faze it and though at speed, the large door mirrors create a bit of wind noise, otherwise the cabin is impressively hushed for a car of this kind. For this second generation Tourneo Connect model, the rattly old 1.8-litre TDCi was pensioned off and a more refined and efficient 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel unit inserted in its place, offering a choice of either 95 or 115PS outputs. It's the 95PS powerplant that was by far the most popular of the pair and you can see why. It's much more affordable than the pokier variant, yet the flexible 230Nm of torque on offer is still enough to happily shift along a car-full of people - and facilitate a braked towing weight of up to 1,200kg. A pity though, that you only get (an admittedly slick-shifting) five-speed gearbox: you have to stretch to the top 115PS powerplant for the sixth speed that makes motorway cruising that bit more refined. Go for this unit and pulling power improves to 270Nm.

Overall

There are two kinds of compact People Carrier you can buy from the 2012-2021 period. One based on a supermini - like Ford's B-MAX. And more practical but pricier family-sized models based on family hatchbacks - like Ford's C-MAX. Ultimately, what you're getting here is something bigger than C-MAX-size with the option of seven seats, yet selling for B-MAX-style money. Sounds good to us. Unless, rather pretentiously, you think that some sort of social stigma is attached to van-based MPVs, there's very little not to like here if your priorities centre on sensible versatility. This Grand Tourneo Connect after all, ought to alter the way people perceive cars of this kind, changing as it does many of the fundamental things you'd expect from this class of vehicle. Its seats fold into the floor, its electronic safety features are cutting edge, its engines can be hi-tech. It's even got clever equipment options and a modicum of style. Before this model came along, you had to stretch to something C-MAX or Scenic-like for all these kinds of things. Here, you can get them in a converted small Ford Transit. That's not fair of course: this is, after all, a lot more than a van with seats and windows. You don't have to spend long at the wheel to realise that. But the development team were fortunate in having such a good basic product to work with. Commercial vehicles have come a long way in recent years, which ought to have led to a vast improvement in cars of this kind. Here at last it did.

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