Ford Tourneo Connect 1.5 EcoBlue 120 Titanium with Panoramic Sunroof and Rear Parking Sensors Diesel Automatic 5 door Estate (2021) at Ford Thanet

Our Tourneo Connect comes with a Fixed Panoramic Sunroof, Heated Front Seats, Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise Control, Automatic Headlights, Rain Sensing Wipers, DAB Radio, Air Conditioning, Electric Windows, Bluetooth, and more. Qualifies for Warranty4Life*

20/04/2021

2515

Automatic

Diesel 51.4 combined MPG (WLTP)

Race Red



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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
118 g/km

MPG:
62.8

WLTP CO2:
145 g/km

WLTP MPG:
51.4

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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, 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

Communication

E-call

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, 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, LED Load compartment light, 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 2nd 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, Rear removeable package tray, Tire inflation monitor and Tire pressure sensors

Seats

2 way manual adjustable passenger seat, 3 seat bench in 2nd row, 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, Single front passenger seat

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: 100
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: EcoBlue
Coin Series: Titanium
Generation Mark: 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 9E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 92
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 79
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 65
NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
Service Interval Mileage: 18000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 126000
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km): 118
HC: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 145
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 151
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 145

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1498
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
Gears: 6 SPEED
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 62.8
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 65.7
EC Urban (mpg): 58.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb: 51.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 58.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 43.5
WLTP - MPG - High: 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Low: 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium: 52.3

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 13.4
Engine Power - BHP: 100
Engine Power - KW: 74
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 177
Engine Torque - MKG: 24.5
Engine Torque - NM: 240
Top Speed: 102

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: 4425
Width: 1835
Width (including mirrors): 2137

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight: 2235
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1838
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1029
Max. Loading Weight: 625
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1185
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
Minimum Kerbweight: 1610
No. of Seats: 5

TOUR BUS (used) 08/11/2021

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Ford's Tourneo Connect, sold between 2012 and 2020, may have commercial roots but it packaged them in a way that practical family folk will like. Cars of this kind used to be fairly crude: this one was anything but, almost certainly bigger and more affordable than the conventional compact People Carrier you might have been thinking of made in this period.

Models

[diesel] 1.5 & 1.6 TDCi [petrol] 1.0

History

Think of compact but spacious People Carrying vehicles from the 2012-2020 period and you'll probably think of cars like Ford's C-MAX, Renault's Scenic or Citroen's C4 Picasso. Increasingly though, customers looking for true practicality are often finding models like these a bit too polished or, to put it bluntly, not something you'd be happy about piling a wet dog into. It never used to be that way. The first generation versions of these cars were resolutely practical things. Today, while they still retain the space and the clever folding seats, the ambience is one of club class travel rather than rugged versatility. That's where cars like the Ford Tourneo Connect model of 2012-2020 come in. Yes, this model is based on a van. No, that needn't be an issue, unless, rather pretentiously, you're worried that your image might be tarnished by such a thing. Unfortunately, most buyers seem to be, which is one reason why sales of van-based MPVs are so relatively small in this country. The other is the lack of choice on offer, with only Citroen, Peugeot and Fiat actively promoting such models within their passenger car ranges - though other brands sell similar such vehicles through their commercial vehicle divisions. Ford though, reckons it can rejuvenate this market segment and the excellence of its second generation Transit Connect van gave the brand the perfect platform from which to do just that. This is, we were told, was the perfect blend between sophistication and simplicity. But would your family really want one? This model sold until 2021, when it was then replaced by a new generation Volkswagen Caddy-based design.

What You Get

What's the best shape you can make any car if you want it to be practical? Square is the answer, just like this Ford. It'll please you if you're one of those shopping in this market who think the whole idea of trying to make a People Carrier sleek and stylish is really rather silly. That's not to say that an MPV can't be smart and well turned out of course. This one seems to be, with neat, practical aesthetics that, from the front at least, won't immediately leave potential buyers thinking this to be one of Ford's Commercial Vehicles. Slender, swept-back headlights complete the brand's familiar 'Kinetic Design' look that's characterised as usual by a big, bold trapezoidal lower grille. Aesthetically then, the stylists did just 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, unlike its predecessor, this Tourneo Connect no longer had to try and be all things to almost all customers as Ford's van-based alternative in the compact people carrying segment. Let us explain. The old version of this car was the one-size-fits-all van-based alternative to all of Ford's more car-like compact People Carriers. This design though, tried to be more specific. Ford introduced a smaller Tourneo Courier model in this period to offer a more practical option to its B-MAX MPV. Leaving this car to offer the same alternative to C-MAX buyers, people who might otherwise have turned to practically spacious van-based rivals in this period like Citroen's Berlingo Multispace, Peugeot's Partner Tepee and Fiat's Doblo. All of these three competitors provided seven seat option packages in this time, so Ford also offered a lengthened Grand Tourneo Connect version of this car for those needing three seating rows. Whichever body style you choose, the LCV origins are, as you'd expect, most obvious from the boxy side profile and of course, the slab-sided rear end but, as we've said, that's all to the good when it comes to the space you can expect inside, especially in a cargo area that 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 boot? 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. But don't be put off: there's still an awful lot of cargo room, the 1,029-litre capacity being almost double what you could expect from the kind of Ford C-MAX that with the same engine, would cost you about 15% more. Compact car-like MPVs from other brands are equally pathetic in comparison. 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 2410-litre capacity that frees up is significantly greater (410-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 40% more. The space available is even slightly more than you could expect in the same configuration from what is supposedly Ford's biggest MPV, the even more expensive Galaxy. And if you want to, you can go further and free up even more capacity by taking the rear seats out completely, assuming you've got somewhere to store them and a mate to help you (as they're heavy). Do that, then stick a sheet down to protect the carpet and, should you ever need it, you've got yourself a ready-made van for weekend removals. If the stuff to be carried is beyond the 1.8m length of the cargo area floor, there's even a folding front passenger seat too. This is in short, a uniquely flexible family car. But then it's based on a commercial vehicle. You expected lots of room for packages. How will it fare when it comes to carrying people? Pretty well we think. Getting into the rear, the first thing you'll notice is that the doors slide rather than open conventionally, which is totally appropriate on a car of this kind and something you'll be thankful for when the kids are getting in and out in tight parking spaces. Slide the door back and you'll find an aperture that the largest in the class too. And inside? Well it's a bit disappointing that Ford fitted a fixed rear bench rather than the individual sliding separate seats that rivals provide. And that this bench doesn't either slide backwards and forwards or recline for greater comfort on longer trips. Still, on the plus side, it shouldn't be too difficult to fit three adults in the 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 a car whose original owner fitted the optional panoramic glass roof. From new, there was also the option of useful lidded aircraft locker-style overhead storage and a storage bin recessed into the floor - though curiously, unlike rivals, Ford only gave you one of these, directly behind the driver's seat. Kids meanwhile, will like the low window line and will appreciate it if you find a car whose original owner specified the seatback tables that were optional on lower-spec models. 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 was strong and the wipe-clean surfaces provided are 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 like 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 didn'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 cup holders 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.

What You Pay

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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 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. Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost three cylinder petrol engine was also offered. From 2015, the 1.6-litre diesel was replaced by a more efficient 1.5-litre unit.

Overall

Ford had to strike a careful balance in developing this 2012-2020-era Tourneo Connect model. It needed to create something that took the whole van-based MPV segment a step forward - something with a bit more style and technology. Yet at the same time, it also had to create a product that wasn't so sophisticated it would conflict with the company's more car-like B-MAX, C-MAX and S-MAX People Carriers. This MPV needed to be a touch tougher, a touch more real-world usable, yet rugged enough for owners not to have to worry or get too precious about throwing mud-encrusted dogs and children into the back. That's what we got. Those in search of slippery styling and slush-moulded fascias should look elsewhere, but if you're not hung up on those things, we can't really see why you wouldn't be interested in the prospect of a large compact MPV for the price of a small one. Or to put it another way if it makes more sense, something larger than C-MAX-sized for B-MAX-style money. If previously, you'd never even have considered a van-based People Carrier but you're looking for an MPV from this era, 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.

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.

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