Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Drivers of all sizes are bound to be able to get comfortable at the wheel of the Ford Transit Connect.

Not only is the driver’s seat multi-adjustable – on four planes on Style models and eight on the higher trims – the steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake and the large door mirrors have a split view offering great visibility.

The dashboard layout, switches and controls will instantly feel familiar to anyone who’s been in a recent Ford car, although the plastics are shared with the Transit Connect van so expect resilient rather than luxurious mouldings.

All the buttons, knobs and dials work with satisfying actions though and the overall feel remains more car than van-like. Anyone moving to the Tourneo Connect through circumstance rather than choice will be pleasantly surprised.

Depending on options fitted to the car, even features like sat-nav and reversing camera have integrated screens giving a much slicker appearance.

There’s plenty of space for storing odds and ends too, with deep door bins, capable of holding 1.5-litre bottles, lidded gloveboxes, deep storage shelf above the windscreen and cupholders and space for other detritus in the centre console.

Two of the Tourneo’s four 12-volt sockets are also within reach of the driver’s seat.

Overall the impression is one of a comfortable, well-appointed but practical car, rather than a luxurious one, which is exactly what the Tourneo Connect is.

Despite its commercial vehicle origins Ford Tourneo Connect comfort levels are very impressive.

Not only is the car significantly better than it’s van-like predecessor, it trumps the opposition in terms of road manners and interior comfort.

Although the Tourneo’s body is tall, its wide stance and long wheelbase help keep it stable, while Ford has also lowered its centre of gravity and used higher-strength steels in its construction.

Consequently ride comfort is very supple without being wallowy, and the car softens the road’s imperfections well.

The interior plastics are well-assembled, being more resilient in nature than the softer mouldings found in most of Ford’s car range, but they steer clear of feeling cheap or brittle.

What impresses most is the sheer space within the cabin – five adults shouldn’t have much difficulty getting comfortable, with access to the well-shaped rear seat particularly because of the sliding doors.

Leg and shoulder room is generous but whether you’re in the front or back, headroom is simply colossal. The sense of space is heightened by the glass roof, complete with electric screen. Standard on Titanium models and optional on Zetecs, it adds to the airiness of the already well-lit cabin.

Various conveniences make it more user-friendly with storage bins under the rear passengers’ feet, a large shelf above the windscreen, four 12 volt sockets and, on Titanium versions, aircraft-style tables on the front seat backs.

Air conditioning, standard on Zetec models and upgraded to dual-zone climate control on the Titanium, helps ensure the large, glassy cabin remains cool, even on hot days.