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The Ford Tourneo Connect is ready to house all your dogs

Ford's smallest Transit van morphs into a seven-seat MPV ready for adventure. Or a trip to Dogs Trust

Published: 12 Oct 2021

It appears the people carrier is enjoying a wonderful renaissance. It’s a party Ford’s never truly left, mind, with the Galaxy and S-Max both stalwarts of the genre. And now it has a new offering: the rejigged Tourneo Connect.

It’s a windowed version of one of the wee-er Transit vans, in essence, but it’s a bit more sophisticated than that when you pore over the details. Pore over them too much and you'll realise it's very similar to its Volkswagen Caddy cousin, too...

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There are two wheelbase options, both of which cram in seven seats. The rearmost five of those seats – split into rows of three and two – can be folded or removed entirely to fit in bikes, wakeboards or whatever other active gear Ford wants you to use this car for. We want to use it for a ‘how many Goldens can you fit in a fairly small MPV’ record we’re desperate to get off the ground…

The answer is probably ‘many and numerous’, especially given a trio slot nicely into the boot of a BMW 1 Series. There’s over three cubed metres of volume here, as well as a heap of towing ability, with a trailer assist system to lend a hand.

That’s one of 19 active safety systems available on the Connect, while Ford’s more rugged ‘Active’ exterior trim is on offer too. The Tourneo's natively front-driven, with 112bhp 1.5-litre petrol and 100/122bhp 2.0-litre diesel options, the latter getting an optional automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive transmission. Fuel economy checks in at around 40mpg for the petrol, 50 for the diesel.

The AWD doesn’t impede dog – sorry, luggage – space, and you can option some underbody protection if you plan on yumping your Tourneo across some actual off-road surfaces. So yeah, the people carrier is cool again, though not without a little whiff of the SUV world. But hey, Ford's tie-up with VW on commercial vehicles mean we might also get a camper version, where such rough'n'tumble might be worthwhile...

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