Ford Grand Tourneo Connect review
The Ford Grand Tourneo Connect is a very practical seven-seat MPV with a roomy interior but it isn’t particularly comfortable to drive and its boxy styling won’t appeal to everyone
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The Ford Grand Tourneo Connect is an impressively roomy MPV with seven seats and masses of cabin space. It isn’t quite as stylish as many equally large SUVs, but it costs less to buy and comes with an absolutely vast boot. If you’re looking for something equally practical but don’t need seven seats, the five-seat Tourneo Connect is also worth a look.
Both come with masses of interior space, though. The Ford Grand Tourneo Connect has enough headroom in the front for seriously tall drivers to get comfortable and legroom’s equally generous.
It’s a similar story in the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect’s middle row of seats. The floor’s completely flat so there’s ample space for everyone’s feet and there’s enough legroom for a six-foot-tall passenger to sit behind an equally tall driver. The Ford Grand Tourneo Connect’s wide body means there’s space for three adults to sit side-by-side without fighting over elbow room, too.
The Ford Grand Tourneo Connect’s party piece is its very tall sliding rear doors. These make it an absolute doddle to jump in the middle seats and help you lift in a bulky child seat without having to stoop down.
The rearmost seats aren’t quite as spacious, but there’s still plenty of room for two kids to get comfortable on long journeys. You can slide them backwards to give your passengers a little extra legroom or forwards if you need a bit more space in the boot.
It might look a bit like someone’s cut windows into the side of a Transit van, but the upside to this is that the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect’s cabin is absolutely massive
Speaking of boot space, you can squeeze a respectable 322 litres in the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect’s boot with all seven seats in place. That’s enough room for a couple of large suitcases or a large baby buggy and a few soft bags.
Flip down all but the front seats, however, and you can load it with a whopping 2,620 litres of luggage. That’s more than you can fit in a Vauxhall Combo Life, although not quite as much as the capacious Citroen Berlingo Multispace can manage.
Sadly, the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect’s interior doesn’t look quite as slick as what you get in these alternatives. Its dashboard has numerous fiddly buttons and the standard 4.2-inch screen you get in entry-level cars is quite hard to read when you’re driving. There’s a significantly better 6.0-inch screen available in higher-spec cars, but it’s still not as slick as the smartphone-compatible units in the likes of the Vauxhall Combo Life and Peugeot Rifter.
Fortunately, you don’t have to fork out for any extra safety equipment in the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect. It comes with automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist as standard and can even detect pedestrians if they walk out into the road and hit the brakes.
So it’s safe, but what’s the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect like to drive? Well, you get a great view out through its large windows which helps make it easy to manoeuvre and the light steering means it’s pretty stress-free to park, too. Just make sure you leave enough space behind you if you need to open the Ford’s absolutely enormous boot lid.
Unfortunately, it’s not particularly comfortable over rough roads and its tall body means the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect leans quite a lot on tight twisty roads. This is an issue in most tall MPVs, however.
If you spend more time cruising along the motorway than driving on country roads, go for the 120hp diesel model. Ford claims it’ll return 61.4mpg, but in reality you can expect to see a figure in the high forties in normal driving conditions.
There’s also a 100hp version of this engine that’s worth considering if you’re sticking to a stricter budget, although it needs to be worked harder with seven onboard. Both of these engines can be had with a manual or automatic gearbox, but you can’t get the seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect with a petrol engine like the smaller five-seat Tourneo Connect.
Despite this, the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect is still worth a closer look – especially if you’re looking for a very practical family car and aren’t put off by its very boxy van-like looks.