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.
- Fun to drive
- Practical and well built
- Fast and efficient engines
- Rivals more versatile
- Too much wind noise at speed
- Shoulder room tight in middle seat
- 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
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.