Ford Grand C-MAX MPV
Price £19,745 - £27,000
- Good to drive
- Engines are brilliant
- Interior is built to a high standard
- Third row of seats is cramped
- Limited boot with all seats in place
- Styling not for everyone
At a glance
"The seven-seat Ford Grand C-MAX could well be the best-handling car in this class and with its fantastic, practical interior, it could even be the best car in its class, too."
The Ford Grand C-MAX is Ford's offering in the seven-seat mini-MPV class. It goes up against a large selection of rivals such as the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Renault Grand Scenic, among others.
Its styling might not be to everyone's taste, but the Ford's trump card is its handling. Next to almost all of its rivals, it's by far and away the most fun to drive. The Grand C-MAX shares a lot of its components with other models in the Ford range, such as the Focus, which are themselves some of the best-handling cars in their classes, so it's no surprise that it's the most entertaining mini-MPV.
Similar to the way the Renault Grand Scenic adds more space and practicality to the standard five-seat Renault Scenic, the Ford Grand C-MAX is longer and higher than the five-seat model. It's also very practical inside, with an intuitive interior layout and build quality that's easily among the best in the MPV class, with sliding doors that give it even more flexibility.
The TDCi diesel engines offer an excellent combination of fuel economy and performance and are great for motorway drivers. The most economical diesel is the 1.6-litre TDCi 115, which returns 60.1mpg. The EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engines are surprisingly fast and quiet and are perfect for those who spend most of their time in town or who cover low annual mileages. They also boast impressive fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures to rival the diesels.
The Grand C-MAX comes in three specification levels: entry-level Zetec, mid-range Titanium and top-spec Titanium X, all of which have a good amount of equipment. This is partly because Zetec is usually a mid-level trim on Fords, so the Grand C-MAX effectively ditches the entry-level model and comes straight in at a higher level, with features such as a DAB digital radio, parking sensors and Bluetooth phone connectivity as standard.
For such a big car, the Ford Grand C-MAX 1.6-litre diesel has very low CO2 emissions
The Ford Grand C-MAX MPV has good engines and handles like a much smaller car
There’s a good balance between handling and comfort in the Ford Grand C-MAX
The Ford Grand C-MAX’s boot is tiny with all seven seats up, but it expands to offer van-like load space when needed
The Ford Grand C-MAX is great for safety, but its reliability lags behind some rivals