2021 Ford Tourneo GRAND TITANIUM TDCI 1.5 diesel auto







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Finding a suitable wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) is not as easy as many think. This acquisition may well be a compromise that started with knowing you have to say goodbye to a car you want to travel in for a vehicle you need. Whether you need a new or a Nearly New WAV on the Motability Scheme, WAV rental, or a financed or outright purchase of a new or used WAV, we are here to help you with independent advice on your first or next WAV.

Ford Tourneo Grand Connect “switch” wheelchair user position side ramp WAV from Southern Mobility Vehicles

We like the Ford Tourneo Connect and Grand Connect as adapted or mobility cars; they give more all-around space for drivers, passengers, and wheelchair users. The room in this WAV is perfect for wheelchair users who can be in the driving or front passenger positions; it’s your choice. The Connect as a WAV is class beating in this respect.

This vehicle has an extensive conversion and is costly to perfect, but the possibilities are fantastic. A fully automated side-entry sliding door and ramp (just 70cm in length) ensures a smooth and independent entry and exit to this superb accessible vehicle. Lowering suspension provides a low gradient for the independent wheelchair user to enter and exit this WAV easily. The Connect does lend itself very well to the needs and wants of the wheelchair user who seeks to be in row one, whether driving or being alongside the driver.

No more worrying about blocking supermarkets’ car parks in this WAV; with lowering suspension, the short ramp can attain an angle that is level with kerbs, and a wheelchair user can exit this conversion in a disabled parking bay which is remarkable. An easy start system is in place with at-hand controls plus an electric handbrake, so for a wheelchair driver, independence without worry can be expected. That means greater pleasure when you know you are off on your travels, however long or short.

Wheelchair users truly can get to places in this WAV that they simply cannot in almost any other wheelchair accessible vehicle of this size. The manufacturer’s original floor and the converter’s lowered floor in the Ford Connect are nearly level, so all-around access is much easier. Passengers also get a much more accessible entry, as the vehicle door sills are non-existent, and more foot room means less leg torsion.

An often-unnoticed fact about the Connect is that the turning circle is much smaller than other WAVs in this class. The floor is low, meaning a good centre of gravity is achieved. We would consider this an easier-to-enter WAV for wheelchair users, able passengers, and drivers alike compared with other wheelchair accessible vehicles.

The third-row seats are the original manufacturer seats in their original position, so comfily seated rear passengers can quickly slide into their seats, ready for the longest journey. The floor space, too, especially in the Grand Connect model, ensures space for luggage. This conversion truly is a well-thought-out mobility vehicle.

Having the space between the convenient third-row tip and fold rear seats in the rear means that up to two wheelchair users can easily on and off-board this WAV. Add in a fully remote nearside door entry with lowering suspension means a quick boarding time. Please call us with your wheelchair make and model, and we can usually nail down the possibility of how well this WAV will work for you before you explore the options.

We love the specification of the Ford Connect. The Titanium specification with its panoramic roof makes a world of difference to the light in the rear. Ford has worked hard to ensure the driver and passengers are well catered for and often second fiddle to the wheelchair user. As we always say, if the driver is not happy, the likelihood is the wheelchair passenger will not be either; it goes both ways.

The Ford Connect is often a win-win car for everyone who enjoys using it, which is rare in our industry. The Titanium model of the Connect or the Grand Connect is admired as it matches many high-specification standard cars, so it gets the thumbs up from us. We also note that the suspension is very kind to the occupants, which is significant in a WAV because wheelchair users get a rough ride in WAVs often created by the conversion, not the car.

SMV Conclusion: The Ford Connect Titanium specification dwarfs almost every WAV on the market. A wheelchair user can most often be accommodated easily within the well-planned and generous space inside this deceptively sized wheelchair accessible vehicle. It has excellent suspension and an awe-inspiring turning circle too. The economical and powerful 1.5 turbo diesel with almost 120bhp is a delightful surprise and, coupled with a full-auto gearbox, is an absolute pleasure to drive. The Ford Connect, Grand or otherwise, is excellent value for money.

Why not give Southern Mobility Vehicles a call if this WAV isn’t quite right for you? We are independent WAV advisors, so you will get the best of all worlds, whatever your wheelchair access needs are. Whether you are looking for a new Motability WAV, a Nearly New Motability WAV, a short-term hire, or an outright purchase, we are the WAV dealer to call first. We are here to help; we know how hard it is to be confident you are buying the right mobility vehicle for your needs.

Accessibility Experience
  • A fully remote automated side entry ramp system for quicker and easier wheelchair user access
  • Automated lowering suspension to make entry and exit simpler and safer
  • A superior forward and all-round better vision for the wheelchair passenger upfront position in this WAV
  • Wheelchair users can "switch" between the passenger upfront or driver position
  • Excellent entry and exit for wheelchair users for urban use onto pavements
  • A very shallow side ramp not requiring much space to enter or exit
  • You retain the rear boot in this wheelchair accessible vehicle
Driver and passenger experience
  • Seat upholstery: cloth
  • Automatic air conditioning with two climate control zones
  • Electrically heated windscreen
  • Driver seat: individual type, heated with seat back table, passenger seat: individual type, heated, folding with seat back table ; seat folds to table
  • Front electric windows with one-touch on two windows, rear electric windows
  • Engine start/stop
  • Alloy & leather multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment
  • Vehicle start button
  • Front and rear wheels: 16 inch alloy rims ; width: 6.5 inches 40.6 and 16.5
  • Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs
  • Turbo-charger
  • Independent strut front suspension with anti-roll bar and coil springs, semi-independent torsion beam rear suspension with anti-roll bar and coil springs
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual featuring gear lever mounted on the floor
  • Hill holder
  • Speed limiter
  • Driver and passenger vanity mirror
  • Alloy look trim on dashboard and leather gearknob
  • Centre armrest between front seats
  • Centre armrest between rear seats
  • Floor console
  • Chrome/silver roof rails
  • Glass roof
  • Tyre kit
  • Automatic smart card/key includes keyless entry and keyless start
  • Secondary ventilation controls with digital display for front passenger
  • Automatic hazard lights
  • Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls
  • Four speakers
  • Audio system with digital media card reader ; radio receives AM/FM/LW, digital and RDS 0 and audio player reads MP3
  • 12v power outlet located in boot/cargo section, front section and rear section
  • Front reading lights
  • Cup holders for front seats
  • Bluetooth includes music streaming
  • Connections for USB (front), 1 and 0
  • Text to speech / speech to text
  • Analogue & digital dashboard
  • Voice activating system includes audio player, includes phone and other
  • Telematics Via SIM in vehicle with tracker system and advanced automatic collision notification , requires 47.88 , includes 12 months subscription concierge service
  • Media control
  • Rear radar-type parking distance sensors
  • Halogen low beam halogen high beam headlights with complex surface lenses
  • Headlight controlsystems: dusk sensor and height adjustment
  • Privacy glass on the rear window and on the rear side windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Day time running lights
  • Body colour power door mirrors/cameras ; heated
  • Electrically foldable mirrors
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Electronic traction control
  • Drivers airbag, passengers airbag with de-activation switch
  • Stability controlsystem
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Brake assist system
  • Low tyre pressure indicator with rim mounted sensor
  • Anti collision system which activates brake lights and brakes at low speed and includes brake assist, driver monitor, visual/acoustic warning and pedestrian & cyclist avoidance system
  • Lane departure warningsystem activates steering
  • Cruise control
  • Particle filter system
  • Ventilation system with digital display and air filter combustion
  • Cornering lights/kerb illumination
  • LED day time running lights
  • Heated washers
  • Cornering brake control

Please note that some vehicles specification may not match the manufacturer supplied information due to the nature of vehicles being converted for wheelchair accessibility. Please ask us to check anything that is important to you.

Our exclusive and comprehensive Autoguard Nationwide All Mechanical and All Electrical Premium Warranty and Breakdown Assist cover always runs for 3 years and includes:

Full Breakdown Assist to include Roadside Recovery, Onward Travel, Home Start and Accident recovery

Unlimited Number of Warranty Claims on unlimited mileage

Maximum individual claim limit of £2400 including VAT

Breakdown & Recovery 24 Hours a Day/365 Days a Year 

Key WAV component cover Included

Parts and Labour are included

Continental warranty repair cover

A Free Downloadable Autoguard Contract Holder App

Transferable to a New Owner if sold Privately


Our warranty also covers you for - In Car Entertainment Systems, Air Conditioning, Driver Interface Systems, EGR Valves, Catalytic Converter and Fuel Injectors, Misfuelling Cover and Broken or Lost Key Cover 

For new WAVs you will get our exclusive and comprehensive WAV only warranty to run alongside your manufacturer’s warranty

Your Warranty & Rescue booklet

We have partnered with disability insurance specialists, Fish Insurance, who can offer Disability Car Insurance policies specifically to cover disabled drivers, adapted cars, and WAVs.

Options for any driver cover, as well as policies for non-drivers, so you can insure the vehicle in your name and it be driven by yourself, family, friends, or carers

Cover for the repair and replacement of adaptations to your car that you’ve told Fish about

Free courtesy car while your car is being repaired at one of Fish’s approved garages (or up to £700 mobility allowance if a suitable car isn’t available)

If your car is stolen, any settlement will take into account any modifications that you’ve told Fish about

Cover for accidental damage to other people’s property or injury to others up to £20m (and up to £5m per claim)

Lifetime guarantee on repairs. If you maintain the vehicle to the manufacturer’s schedule, any repairs carried out by approved repairers are guaranteed while you own the car

Protection up to £2,500 for wheelchairs or other mobility aids being transported in your car

To get a tailored quote, call 0333 331 3869 and quote code 2487.

As with any policy, limits and exclusions apply. For full details of the cover provided by Fish Insurance, click here.

Southern Mobility Vehicles ltd is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Fish Administration Limited. Fish Insurance is a trading style of Fish Administration Ltd. Fish Administration Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Firm Reference Number 310172. Fish Administration Ltd is registered in England & Wales. Company Registration Number 4214119. Registered Office: Rossington’s Business Park, West Carr Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7SW. Fish Administration Ltd is part of the PIB Group.

Height 1819mm
Width 1835mm
Length 4425mm
Fuel Consumption
Combined MPG 56.5
Extra Urban MPG 60.1
Urban Cold MPG 52.3
Power (BHP) 114
Maximum Speed (mph) 106
Torque (Nm) 270
Engine and Drivetrain
Cylinders 4
Driven Axle FRONT
Engine Capacity (cc) 1499
Forward Gears 8
Emissions (CO2) 161
Engine Euro Status 6
Seats 3
More information
  • Euro NCAP crash test results: Overall: 4.00, Adult occupant: 92.00, Child occupant: 79.00, Pedestrian: 65.00, Safety assist: 75.00, Version tested: Ford Tourneo Connect 1.5 diesel Titanium 5dr Mini MPV, Date tested: 01 Sep 2018
  • Power: (from primary fuel) 88 kW , 120 HP ISO , 270 Nm
  • External dimensions: 4,425mm long, 1,835mm wide, 1,819mm high, 139mm ground clearance, 2,662mm wheelbase, 1,568mm front track, 1,585mm rear track, 11,000mm turning circle (kerb to kerb), 174.2 inches long, 72.2 inches wide, 71.6 inches high, 5.5 inch ground clearance, 104.8 inch wheelbase, 61.7 inch front track, 62.4 inch rear track, 36.1 foot turning circle (kerb to kerb), 2,137 and 1,967

Please note that some vehicles specification may not match the manufacturer supplied information due to the nature of vehicles being converted for wheelchair accessibility. Please ask us to check anything that is important to you.

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