The new Ford Tourneo Connect could be seen as a compromise between a passenger van and a commercial vehicle. Yet, compromise can seem such an ugly word. It conjures up images of items that fail to meet the demands of any exact category. The truth about the Tourneo Connect is that it accomplishes both purposes to a great degree, and offers an excellent solution for someone who needs some combination of both hauling and riding capabilities.
Either of the Tourneo Connect’s two engine choices can manage to get the van moving and up to speed. The 89bhp 1.8-litre TDCi common rail diesel gets a hefty 220Nm at 1,750rpm. There is also another 1.8-litre TDCi engine that delivers 109bhp. The torque is the key to the excellent performance of the Tourneo Connect, even while hauling loads of construction materials or personal gear.
There are both regular and long wheel base models. The longer ones can accommodate an extra row of seats, or of course a larger load. The rear seats can be removed for extra space if fewer passengers are coming along for the ride. An under-seat stowage compartment is available in the front, as well as compartments throughout the cabin for all kinds of work necessities or personal gear. It should be easy to find the door configuration needed for any small business, as there are several different setups to choose.
Vehicle theft is a worry of many small business owners and personal vehicle drivers as well. With the Ford Tourneo Connect, there is little to be concerned about, as long as the van is locked up as it should be. There is double locking, as well as a lock-in latch system to assure security against thieves who might try to pry their way into the vehicle. An integrated immobiliser and shielded wiring keep anyone from driving off in the van without permission.
Even though many people will use the Tourneo Connect for commercial applications, there is room for comfort and special features. Besides that fact, there are other people who will choose the Tourneo Connect for a personal car. There are two trim packages, the standard and the LX. There are cloth seats, a radio/CD stereo, central locking, a driver’s airbag, and even tinted front windows for the standard model. The LX version is a little more upscale, with a passenger airbag added, air conditioning, front fog lights, ABS and Traction Assist. Other features for the LX make driving even easier, with heated door mirrors and windscreen, and controls for the stereo mounted on the steering column.
The new Ford Tourneo Connect will please small business owners in its ability to move materials and people with a great amount of ease. They will also appreciate the possibility of having a long-lasting, durable vehicle that will stand up to the bangs and bumps of commercial loads. Those driving these cars for work will feel happy that they are allowed a bit of comfort and convenience into the bargain.
At the same time, there will be people buying this van who have no intentions of using it for work. If they want extra roominess and durability, they will be happy they checked out this Ford product. The Ford Tourneo Connect offers versatility for both types of users.
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