Ford Grand C-MAX MPV
Price £20,745 - £28,065
- Great to drive
- Very refined
- Good engine range
- Awkward looks
- Ecoboost engine's real world economy
- Tight rear-most seats
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 a seven-seat mini-MPV that battles for sales with a number of rivals including the Renault Grand Scenic, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer.
The car's styling is likely to divide opinion but few people will take issue with the way the Grand C-MAX drives, as it's the undisputed class leader in this regard. Despite its size, the Grand C-MAX has much in common mechanically with a number of other cars in Ford's range, such as the Focus, and many of them are some of the best cars to drive in their respective classes, meaning the Grand C-MAX's handling prowess isn't too much of a surprise.
The Ford Grand C-MAX is taller and longer than the standard five-seat C-MAX, much in the same way that the Renault Grand Scenic essentially adds some extra space and practicality to the standard Scenic. The Grand C-MAX is a very practical car, with a logically laid out interior, sliding doors for easy access, plus build quality that is up there with the best in class.
The most economical engine available in the Grand C-MAX is the 1.5-litre TDCi, which claims a fuel economy figure of 64mpg. All the TDCi diesel engines give the Grand C-MAX a good mix of economy and performance, and they make a lot of sense if you regularly use the car for long trips. We like Ford's EcoBoost petrol engines and they're punchy and refined in the Grand C-MAX, as well returning surprisingly good economy figures. The petrol engines make the most sense for people who will mostly drive around town and for those who don't rack up a lot of miles.
The Grand C-MAX is available in entry-level Zetec trim, mid-range Titanium and range-topping Titanium X. All three trims feature plenty of standard equipment and that's partly owing to the fact that the Zetec trim represents a mid-range specification on most Fords - Ford has in effect done away with the most basic trim for the Grand C-MAX, so features like digital radio, parking sensors and Bluetooth connectivity are standard on all versions of the car.
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