The Tourneo Connect comes with petrol or diesel power, while the larger Grand model is diesel only. The 114bhp diesel engine (a 94bhp version is also available) isn’t that gutsy at low revs, but it has enough shove once it gets going. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine is more suited to the Tourneo Connect than you might think, although you do have to work it harder than the diesels. We’d avoid the auto-only 1.6 petrol, because its gearbox doesn’t always change gear when you want it to.
Ford Tourneo Connect MPV ride & handling
Whether you go for the Tourneo Connect or Grand Tourneo Connect, the steering is consistently weighted and accurate, if a little slow. Still, the fact that the body stays relatively well behaved in bends will reduce the likelihood of travel-sick children. The ride is comfortable even on the optional 17-inch alloy wheels (16s are standard), and lumps and bumps are effectively dealt with.
Ford Tourneo Connect MPV refinement
The Tourneo Connect is noisier than many traditional MPVs, but it’s not too bad considering it’s based on a van. The higher-powered diesel engine is noisy, and you hear too much of the petrols when you rev them hard. You’ll also have to put up with wind and road noise on the motorway, but it’s not bad enough to make long journeys unbearable.