For The Ford Tourneo Custom offers incredible interior space, seating for up to nine and a colossal boot. It’s surprisingly refined and comfortable for something that’s based on a Transit van, and it’s solidly built, too.
Against It looks very pricey to buy, and base versions don’t get much equipment. The infotainment system is fiddly to use and the seats don’t fold away into the floor, meaning it’s not as versatile as other MPVs.
The Ford Tourneo Custom is the best of the van-based MPVs, with impressive comfort and refinement. However, if you don’t need eight or nine seats, there are many conventional seven-seaters that will be cheaper, better to drive and more versatile.
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All Tourneo Customs come with a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, but there are three different versions available. We haven’t tried the 99bhp unit, but we’ve had a go in both the 123bhp version and the 153bhp version. There’s actually very little difference in pace; neither is especially quick, but as long as you keep the revs above 1500rpm, there's purposeful performance. That’s why, of the two, we think that the cheaper 123bhp version is the way to go.
The basic trims are sparsely equipped, so of those available, we recommend high-end Limited. Yes it’s pricey, but it’s the cheapest version that provides air-conditioning. In a vehicle with this much glass, and that’s likely to spend much of its time full of people, we reckon air-con is a must. The system is great, too, because every one of the eight (or optionally, nine) seats gets its own air vent.