Ford has discontinued the B-Max and now offers the Tourneo Courier as an alternative to the typical family SUV.
This van-derived MPV is based on the smallest Transit, the Courier, which is based on the previous generation Fiesta.
It isn’t the last word in luxury – but it’s not designed to be. The Courier starts at £14,815 – £3,000 less than the entry level Ecosport – and the specification at this price is basic.
Wheel trims feature as standard on the Tourneo Courier, which is available with either the 1.0-litre petrol, or 1.5-litre diesel. Paired with the Fiesta-based chassis, the five-seater feels more enjoyable to drive than its functional looks may suggest. A six-speed gearbox is standard, which is crisp and engaging.
Zetec is the sole trim level, but you can option 15-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors and an improved touchscreen infotainment system. Standard specification includes front electric windows, Quickclear windscreen, air conditioning and digital radio.
Front legroom is plentiful, though rear legroom is a little limited. The boot is square and usable. Its party trick is the folding rear seats that split 60/40, and can then be folded up for an even larger, flat load area.
The seats themselves are well padded and comfortable, taking very little adjustment to get comfortable.
Sliding rear doors make access easy, particularly for fitting child seats, and the vehicle has Isofix mountings.
Headroom is exceptional and the huge front windscreen gives great visibility.
The outgoing B-Max offered much of the same functionality, but in a more presentable package – though drivers still preferred the appeal of an SUV.
The Tourneo Courier isn’t likely to suddenly lure hordes of drivers back, but it does offer a credible alternative. If you run a lot of Fords, require a good amount of usable space and transport the occasional rear passenger, then this MPV may be a good fit for your fleet.