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The perfect van for a family man

26.07.2013

IF YOU are in the people-moving business, or just have a really big family, then the Ford Tourneo Custom might be on your shopping list.

A classier option than many other big MPVs on the market, this nine-seater van is plenty spacious thanks to an enormous cabin, where comfort and practicality is high on the agenda.

We recently spent some time behind the wheel of the Tourneo Custom 2.2 TDCi long-wheel-base model. This derivative is powered by Ford’s latest 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine, capable of producing 92kW of power.

The big lug is surprisingly easy to operate, with a short-throw six-speed gearbox and a responsive engine, which means that getting it going is a breeze. However, measuring in at 5 339mm, it is bulky and difficult to manoeuvre into our tight Joburg parking spots.

But because it’s blessed with such a large physic, it means occupants benefit from massive legroom throughout, as well as a well-specced cabin. The Tourneo Custom boasts a USB port and park distance control (on the high-spec Trend model) to name but a few.

Overall, the Tourneo Custom makes for a handy runaround that is loaded with niceties. And it’s easy to see why: it has won so many awards overseas. It’s well built and drives well, but - at over R400 000 - it does come at a bit of a price.

Article written by Stuart Moir
26.07.2013
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