The Ford Tourneo Connect, like the Volkswagen Caddy, sits on the MQB platform. Thanks to this, it behaves similarly to a passenger car, which was also proven by the emergency maneuvers at the training ground.
Vans approach passenger cars not only in terms of comfort and equipment, but also in driving characteristics. It’s clear that due to the taller build and more utilitarian focus, they can’t match them, but their handling has improved a lot in recent years. In order to find out how much, the km77 editors took the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect in Active trim to the track with a modest 115 horsepower 1.5 EcoBoost engine. The wheels are fitted with GitiSynergy H2 tires in size 215/55 R17 98H XL.
The start to the slalom is very lukewarm because the traction control kicks in immediately when the wheels slip and this engine needs higher revs that you have to get into first. But after that he does extremely well. For a van, it is pleasantly agile, it keeps track well, and changes in direction are accompanied by only a slight pendulum movement with limited tilt. Thanks to the neutral setting, the Tourneo Connect is predictable and the steering wheel is pleasant to drive. The time of 26.2s is similar to that achieved by the Škoda Karoq with the 1.5 TSI 110 kW engine and the Range Rover Sport P510e.
Ford demonstrates commendable driving characteristics even in the moose test. It’s clear that the top speed won’t be miraculous, but the first drive demonstrates its agility and ease of handling thanks to the well-tuned chassis and progressive steering. The side tilt is not great either. The intervention of the stabilization assistants is moderate, leaving room for the driver to deal with the situation. The maneuver is managed cleanly at an approach speed of 72 km/h, but even at 75 km/h the Ford maintains exemplary reactions, despite the fact that it has a small track. At higher speeds, there are side bounces announcing the car’s limit.