Ford Tourneo Connect

The Ford Tourneo Connect is a five or seven seat van derived people carrier with the advantage of sliding rear doors for ease of access. There is a choice of two body lengths, know by Ford as L1 and L2 but by the customer as Tourneo Connect and Grand Tourneo Connect, only the Grand Tourneo is offered with five or seven seats, the extra 40cm of length and larger rear doors make the job a lot more enjoyable for the five rear passengers. This new for 2022 Tourneo Connect is a collaboration with Volkswagen and as a result a sister car to the VW Caddy  and Cadddy Life, Volkswagen are the dominant partner here and Ford have simply added their own grille and badge on the outside and their own software to the infotainment system, everything else seems to be VW including the engines.

 

The previous Tourneo Connect looked like a van with windows, this new version is aimed more at families and the outdoor adventure brigade. Two trim lines are available, Titanium and Active, Titanium cars have privacy glass, heated front seats, power fold heated mirrors, silver roof rails, 16 inch alloy wheels, 10 inch touchscreen, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and hill start assist (electric handbrake). The Active trim adds 17 inch alloys a different (honeycombed) grille, unique seat design (blue graphics and contrast stitching), 2nd & 3rd row overhead courtesy light with map light, metallic-effect skid plate and additional body mouldings around the wheel arches, sills and bumpers.  The glass Panoramic roof is a £876 extra on all trim lines, a single flip opening rear window, £240, power latch on tailgate (not a powered tailgate) £156 and to upgrade to Dual zone climate control you have to buy a bundle that includes a rear view camera and LED headlights at £912.

 

The Tourneo Connect is bucking the trend to go electric (Citroen Berlingo), offering (Volkswagen produced) Petrol and Diesel engines. The 1.5 litre petrol and the 2.0 lite diesel are front wheel drive only and are available with either a six speed manual gearbox or a seven speed twin clutch Automatic gearbox. The petrol offers 112 bhp and a claimed economy of up to 44.1 miles per gallon and a 0-62 sprint time of 12.7 seconds but the Ford is a heavy car, up to 1.8 tonnes in the Grand format and there is no doubt the the extra torque provided by the diesel engine will be of benefit. Two litres in size, detuned to only produce 120 brake horse power the economy increases to a claimed maximum of 57.6 miles per gallon and it is generally a better companion, should your conscious allow.

 

Pricing for Q3 2022 is simple yet confusing as both engines are avaialble in Titanium and Active trim. Basically the Tourneo Connect petrol engine starts at £2245 Advance Payment and you add £500 to upgrade to an Auto Gearbox and a further £500 to have Active Trim. The Diesel starts at a much more competitive £1445 Advance Payment, the same £500 add on applies. The Grand Tourneo Connect, with either five or seven seats (same price) is £2745 Advance Payment in Titanium trim, add £500 to for an Auto Gearbox and add £500 to make it Active. The 2.0 diesel starts at £1945 Advance Payment in Titanium trim, add £500 to for an Auto Gearbox and add £500 to make it Active.

 Summer Best Buy – Ford Tourneo Connect Titanium 2.0 120bhp Diesel manual  5 seat –  £1445 Advance Payment (£255 wpms) or £1945  (£705 wpms) as an automatic (Add £500 for Active Trim)

Summer Best Buy – Ford Grand Tourneo Connect Titanium 2.0 120bhp Diesel manual  5 or 7 seat –  £1945 Advance Payment (£755 wpms) or £2445  (£1255 wpms) as an automatic (Add £500 for Active Trim)