If you need a people carrier but don't want to sacrifice sporty handling, then the Ford C-MAX is a great choice. Accurate steering and a sporty chassis means it's the most entertaining MPV to drive, yet it offers plenty of space for families. The latest model is available as a five seater or in seven-seat Ford Grand C-MAX trim, and the latter also gets sliding rear doors to improve access to the back seats. Soft touch fabrics and a moulded dashboard means interior quality is impressive.
- Practical and well built
- Fun to drive
- Fast but efficient EcoBoost petrol turbo
- Rivals more versatile
- Shoulder room tight in central rear seat
- Options raise price fast
- Good to drive
- Engines are brilliant
- Interior is built to a high standard
- Third row is cramped
- Limited boot with all seats in place
- Styling not for everyone
Offering class-leading handling, the Ford Grand C-MAX is 140mm longer than the normal C-MAX and 58mm taller. The extra length and height provides room for two extra seats, making it a full seven-seater.