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Ford’s Grand Tourneo goes to Oppi

08.09.2015

UNTIL recently I had never attended a large music festival so when it came to planning my first Oppikoppi Odyssey I was extremely thorough. From my camping equipment, to my food, hydration and of course the car.

Which car?

It got me thinking, which car would be the best to use. Then I remembered driving the Ford Tourneo Connect earlier this year and thinking that I would double-up as a great family car and music festival-mobile. So I asked the people from Ford if they’d be willing to allow me to use one, they kindly obliged and did one better, they sent a Grand Tourneo Connect, a more substantial version of the Tourneo.

The journey begins

So I set off on my journey in the Grand Tourneo. I bragged before I set off as the vehicle that I had on test shares a motor with the Fiesta ST, albeit detuned to 110kW/240Nm. There was also an automatic gearbox, which proved a blessing in the city. I also appreciated the extra power as many of the roads leading to the festival in Northam involve single-lane travelling, usually behind farm vehicles and trucks, so some safe overtaking was often required.

Discovering the Tourneo

I arrived at the festival and quickly realised that I would have to practically live out of the Tourneo to avoid all of my belongings being engulfed by dust. This allowed me to discover many clever interior features of the Tourneo range, the sliding doors for example, very convenient when you’re parked in by other festival goers, while the many cup-holders and charging points meant that I had access to hydration and wonderful electricity at all times.

Then there are the nifty storage areas such as the one above the first row of passenger seats; it’s quite voluminous and housed all my valuables, out of sight of prying eyes. Then there’s the Grand Connect's party piece... its loading capacity. It can extend up to 2761 litres, probably about the same size as the apartment that I can afford.

How did it fare?

The fact that I drove the car through traffic both to and from the festival, coupled with the erratic nature of my acceleration and deceleration en route to the venue meant that the consumption was higher than I expected at around 9.8 litres/100km versus the 8.0 litres/100km claimed.

Other than the consumption, the car performed well. The Sync infotainment system, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control and the reverse camera fitted to the rear-view mirror are all essential creature comforts in an MPV. The road and wind noise was surprisingly good for a car with such a large windscreen and rear-view mirrors.

Verdict

I certainly didn’t regret taking the Grand Tourneo to Oppikoppi; I couldn’t imagine a better companion for the journey besides splitty VW Kombi. The Grand Tourneo is a great family vehicle, with many clever features and space to make the life of a family man/woman easier. It’s just a bonus that it doubles as a music festival goer.

 

Model: Ford Grand Tourneo Connect 1.6T Titanium auto

Price: R363 900

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Article written by Sean Nurse
08.09.2015
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