Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Related Materials
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

 Ford in the Press – Week ending 08.11.13

DATE: Will be calculated from "Release Start Date" field.

All new Tourneo Connect is the big newsmaker for Ford, generating really impressive reviews across Europe. Other products getting great press include Transit Connect and Fiesta ST…

The Sun (UK) says Ford Tourneo Connect looks and drives better than its rivals: “It drives like a Ford car — agile and comfortable, In fact, it feels very much like riding in a Focus… The five and seven-seater versions both offer excellent leg and headroom, although the final row of two seats in the Grand is strictly for kids and shorter journeys.  The entry Style version has the equipment you would expect in a family hatchback. Move up through the trim range and you end up with the gadgets of a junior executive car, although the price hike reflects that… Pricing experts predict the Tourneo Connect will have a re-sale value in three years that is typically £1,700 better than its rivals. That makes it impossible to ignore for buyers in this class.”

Auto Strassenverkehr (Germany) praises the 1.0-litre EcoBoost version: “The small three-cylinder engine contributes to our positive impression: Although the 1.5-metric ton vehicle certainly challenges the engine, in conjunction with its pleasant and accurate six-speed transmission it never seems overtaxed. Instead it does its job with elasticity and plenty of pulling power. What’s even better is that the one-litre engine’s noise is kept at bay when in neutral and at a partial load. At high revs, however, the engine’s noise is clearly audible in the inside. But it never gets too irritatingly loud.”

Auto Express (UK) is also impressed with Tourneo Connect’s three-cylinder engine: “It’s immediately apparent that Ford’s offering is some way ahead of its rivals, especially under the bonnet. The 99bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost that’s been so impressive in the Fiesta and B-MAX is in no way out of its depth here, as it performs well. There’s decent shove through the rev range and a smooth-sounding engine note, while a slick six-speed manual box makes gearchanges a breeze… Although the Tourneo is based on the Transit Connect, under the skin is the Focus’ platform. As you’d expect, the MPV isn’t as involving as the hatch, rolling in corners thanks to its high sides and van-like silhouette, but it’s more enjoyable than any rival.”

Spain’s El Mundo says Tourneo Connect will revolutionise the market with its design, interior space and 1,029-litre trunk, adding: “In terms of handling, equipment and safety, it is more like a passenger car than a commercial vehicle… In the front, the driver is king and the seats are ergonomic and supportive. The Tourneo Connect has outstanding dynamic performance and fuel economy with every engine. It is fun to drive and promises good acoustic comfort. This Ford is available with Trend and Titanium trims and has prices ranging from 19,830 to 25,462 euros.”

Meanwhile France’s L’Argus predicts strong demand for the new Transit Connect: “With the seductive new Transit Connect, Ford has repositioned itself in a segment where it lost ground over the past six years. The recovery is underway… Resolutely modern and based on Ford’s C platform (Focus, C-MAX, Kuga), the new Transit Connect has nothing in common with its predecessor. With each new generation of vans, the observation is the same: they are becoming more and more like passenger cars. This is true in every respect: road holding, comfort, ergonomics, equipment and trim. The contrast is especially striking in the new Connect.”

And finally, The Scotsman (Scotland) has named Fiesta ST its Car of the Year. The newspaper reports: “It was an easy decision in the end. With the arrival of the ST the Renault Clio RS and Peugeot 208 Gil, it was a dead cert that 2013’s Scotsman Motoring Car of the Year title was going to go be won by a hot hatch, preferably one with some old-school DNA that would evoke memories of haring round town in 205 GTis, Escort XR3s or Renault 5 Turbos.  And it’s the ST’s blend of 1980s loutishness and 21st-century finesse that makes it our winner, proving the old adage that the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts. The Fiesta trails the Renault and the Peugeot in the power stakes, but it’s the way the Ford’s 1.G-litre turbocharged EcoSport motor eagerly reacts to every tickle of the throttle that makes it so endearing. Ally that to a chassis that’s so precise you can almost steer by thought alone, and you have all the makings of a future classic. Oh, and a sub-£17,000 price tag makes it the cheapest of the three contenders by quite a margin. Case closed.”

  

By  

 
Yes
No
No
11/11/2013 10:20 AM