Ford C-MAX

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.

Ford C-MAX MPV

Price 
£17,655 - £25,605
5 Doors
4 / 5
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Practical and well built
  • Fast and efficient engines
Cons
  • Rivals more versatile
  • Too much wind noise at speed
  • Shoulder room tight in middle seat

The Ford C-MAX combines all the best qualities of the bigger S-MAX MPV and scales them down into a rival for the Renault Scenic and Volkswagen Touran. The five-seater offers rear seats that can fold flat to make a very practical load space, or be removed altogether.

Ford Grand C-MAX MPV

Price 
£19,745 - £27,000
5 Doors
4.2 / 5
Pros
  • Good to drive
  • Engines are brilliant
  • Interior is built to a high standard
Cons
  • Third row of seats is cramped
  • Limited boot with all seats in place
  • Styling not for everyone

The Ford Grand C-MAX offers additional room and two more seats than the standard C-MAX on which it's based. It isn’t the largest of MPVs, but it's more compact and cheaper than the brand's bigger people carriers: the S-MAX and Galaxy. It's also very practical, especially with its sliding rear doors. If you’re not using the two third-row seats, then there's a lot of room for luggage.