Report 3 Ford Tourneo
£40,480 OTR/£40,480 as tested
The above picture pretty much sums up my enjoyment of this car. This month I’ve stretched the Tourneo’s legs and done a 1,000-mile round trip to France and back, where it’s proved to me running a van can be so versatile. It managed to be a taxi to transport all of my friends who had come over, either for an airport run or a group outing to a kart track. It picked up some local beer for the French village fete and did sterling service being a family car.
But a large vehicle has a knock-on effect when travelling. It’s not like running an average car. You need to pay for a bigger space in the tunnel (+£50) or on the ferry, your breakdown cover is larger, journey times are slower and you need to remember you are over 2m high and very long. There’s a huge blindspot and the small extra mirror to help this can often be missed. If I hadn’t needed all the seats for my trip, I probably would have taken a few out. Having all the seats in reduces the luggage space and makes packing the car a Tetris challenge. With nine seats, the boot is narrow and tall, and things in there fall out when you open it. This means we had to use the space between the seats to house stuff.
The actual drive down was more pleasurable than I was expecting, apart from the large side winds during a storm. Strangely, I noticed that in the UK, the van pulled to the left a tad, and in France to the right... which must just be a characteristic of Ford’s torque-steer handling.
Would I have wanted any other car? Not a chance. I might have found peak lifer...