£21,165 - £24,715 Price range
56 - 64 MPG
The Ford Grand Tourneo Connect is a rugged seven-seater MPV that is based on the Ford Transit van. Closest rivals are the Seat Alhambra, Ford Galaxy and the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. The Grand Tourneo is practical, durable and offers excellent value for money.
The interior of the Grand Tourneo is very similar to the one in the Focus but the materials used are lower grade. Nevertheless, everything seems very well screwed together and the seating position is very comfortable.
The way the Grand Tourneo drives is a pleasant surprise. It is much more like an estate than a van and the steering provides very good feedback. Plenty of sound deadening means the Grand Tourneo is quiet on the motorway.
Buyers can choose from two versions of the same 1.5-litre diesel engine, neither are particularly quick. They are, however, cheap to run and with the optional Fuel Efficiency pack – very economical on fuel achieving 65mpg combined.
In terms of kit, the Grand Tourneo is reasonably well equipped, base models come with a DAB radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, wide-opening twin sliding doors and electrically adjustable mirrors. Read on for our in-depth review of the Grand Tourneo to see if this is the new car for you.
The interior of the Grand Tourneo Connect is heavily influenced by those in Ford’s car range – the dashboard is identical to that of a Focus, while the materials used are taken from the Fiesta. This means that the layout is easy to use and very car-like, but the plastics feel hard to the touch. The Grand Tourneo gets an LCD screen for multimedia that is described by reviewers as not the most intuitive of systems.
Ford Grand Tourneo passenger space
The Grand Tourneo is based on a commercial vehicle and as a result it has more headroom than any other rival and is equally generous in terms of leg room. Driver’s seat offers 8-way adjustment in the top of the range Titanium model (four-way in the base model) and the steering rack is also adjustable. Third row of seats is on rails and can move forward and backwards to boost passenger legroom, or increase boot space.
Ford Grand Tourneo boot space
The van origins of the Grand Tourneo are apparent in the boot as well – it is wide, long and has a flat load lip that means it is easy to slide heavy items into the load bay. With all the seats folded it can pack a very respectable 2,620 litres of luggage and when the front passenger seat is tilted forwards loads as long as three meters can be carried. With all of the seats up there is still 322 litres available – more than a Focus offers.
Fords are renowned for being engaging to drive and this 1785kg leviathan is no different. It is based on the same parts as the Focus uses and as a result it rides more comfortably than the previous model. It is described by reviewers as being better to drive than some estate cars on the market. Its tall height, however, makes for some body roll in corners.
Comfort is high as well and the Grand Tourneo glides over imperfections on the road and is also quiet on the motorway thanks to lots of sound deadening. The stability control system works very well and the car always feels safe and composed.
Although the Grand Tourneo isn’t best suited to driving in town, large windows and relatively thin A-pillars provide excellent visibility.
The Gran Tourneo doesn’t get the 1.0-litre or the 1.6-litre petrols available in the five-seater Tourneo and instead gets only one 1.5-litre diesel available with two power levels. The 100hp variant is equipped with a five-speed gearbox – it’s hard to recommend because you have to work it hard to get the big MPV moving – especially when it is fully loaded. It can return fuel economy of 61mpg combined and CO2 emission of 124g/km.
The more powerful 114hp option is the one to go for – it has enough pulling power for most occasions and, because it is coupled with a six-speed gearbox, motorway journeys are quieter and it uses less diesel at a cruise. It can return fuel economy of 64mpg combined and CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
The lower-powered version gets from 0-62mph in 13.3 seconds and the 120hp one is half a second faster.
The optional Economy Pack (with a start/stop system and moveable flaps in the front grille that improve aerodynamics) raises fuel economy to 65mpg, in the basic model.
The Grand Tourneo gets full five star safety rating from Euro NCAP and has front and side curtain airbags as standard. Also standard across the range are anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and ultra-high-strength steel has been used in key parts of the car’s construction.
All of the seven seats have three-point seatbelts and the outer rear ones on the middle row have ISOFIX child seat mounting points.
The Grand Tourneo is priced very competitively and in any specification it is less expensive than similarly equipped rivals. Prices start at around £17,000 and a fully equipped top of the range Titanium will set you back £19,995 – for comparison a base model Vauxhall Zafira starts at little over £20,000.
Ford Grand Tourneo equipment
The base model gets a good stereo, twin sliding doors, a trip computer and split-view wing mirrors. The next level, Zetec, gets Ford’s Sync connectivity package, heated windscreen and air conditioning. The top of the range Titanium model is very well equipped with cruise control, airplane style trays on the front seatbacks, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, roof rails and climate control.
In the relatively small market of practical seven seaters there aren’t many options, but the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect has a range of qualities that make it a very recommendable. If you are looking for something durable, with a lot of storage and passenger room that also costs less than its closests rivals then look no further than the Grand Tourneo.
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